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Oil Pastel Houses Inspired by Marc Chagall

Students enjoy creating these quirky street-scapes inspired by Russian artist, Marc Chagall.  There’s just something really fun about crooked buildings and random things flying through the air! Materials: 12×18 black construction paper #2 Pencil with pink eraser (the eraser is handy for “sketching” your layout!) Oil Pastels “Wet wipes” for clean up Examples of the […]

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Self-Portraits Inspired by Grant Wood

Grant Wood (1891-1942) was an American artist best known for his paintings of rural American life.  My students were fascinated by the story of how his father died when Grant was only ten years old, and his mother had to move her family from their home on the farm to the big city. This was a […]

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House Magnet Fundraiser

My students in grades K-7 recently raised over $2,000 using their artistic skills to benefit our local food bank!  We adapted this “Houses for Haiti” project (originally inspired by “Haiti Houses“) to create charming magnets which we sold for $5 each at our church one Sunday, and we donated all the proceeds to Second Harvest Food […]

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Houses for Haiti Lesson Plan

Two amazing teachers in Florida came up with a creative idea to raise money for Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.  After discovering “Haiti Houses” on the internet, I was inspired to try it for myself and make a few changes.  Below is my version of this project. Visit haitihouses.org to see how much money has been […]

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Houses for Haiti… and a Rabbit Trail

While researching new ways to raise money for Haiti, I came across a great idea that I can’t wait to try with my students…. “Haiti Houses”.  As Art teachers today, we are blessed with so many fun sites for finding creative lesson ideas, and often one leads to another, which leads to another… as happened […]

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Cityscapes with Tints and Shades

Our Kinders are becoming experts at color mixing! This time we added white to make tints and black to make shades as we created these sweet “candy-colored” cities! Materials:9×12 white heavyweight construction paperpencilTempera paint – red, yellow, turquoise, white and blackPaper plates for palettesbrushes and water Vocabulary:Tint – any color plus whiteShade – any color […]

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Van Gogh Auction Project

Even Van Gogh himself would be proud of this copy of his “Café Terrace” painting, created by our 2nd graders to raise money at our annual school auction. Each year, our school holds a fundraiser auction to raise money for special programs. While many valuable items are donated to be auctioned off, the items that […]

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