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Make a Leaf Collage inspired by 'Look What I Did with a Leaf' by Morteza E. Sohi

Make a Leaf Collage

Now that summer’s here, how do you keep your kids learn­ing, cre­at­ing, and spend­ing more time out­doors than in front of a screen? One way is with this inspir­ing lit­tle book, “Look What I Did with a Leaf!” by Morteza E. Sohi. This is not so much a read-aloud type of book that you would share […]

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Quilled Butterfly

Quilled Paper Designs

  Quilling, also known as paper fil­i­gree, is an art form that involves rolling and glu­ing thin strips of paper into var­i­ous shapes and arrang­ing them to form designs. Quilled paper designs can be very sim­ple or as com­plex as you have the dex­ter­ity and patience for! The art of quilling dates back to the Renais­sance when French […]

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Underwater Fantasy inspired by Paul Klee

Swiss painter and graphic artist, Paul Klee, is known for his child-like use of line and color.… maybe that’s why kids relate so well to his work!  The influ­ence of Sur­re­al­ism, Expres­sion­ism, and Cubism is eas­ily seen in his art, yet he really had a style all his own.  This project is inspired by his […]

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Oil Pastel Fish — Kindergarten Style!

  Oil pas­tels, with their rich col­ors and expres­sive line qual­ity, are one of my favorite medi­ums to use with kids. And the key to get­ting the best results with any oil pas­tel les­son is LAYERING! Mate­ri­als: 12x18 black con­struc­tion paper Oil pas­tels (We use the Pen­tel 16 color set.) Direc­tions: 1. Set aside your black oil pastel… […]

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Drawing Fish with Lines and Shapes

In Kinder­garten this year, we’ve been focus­ing on draw­ing the world around us using lines and shapes. This col­or­ful fish was drawn by Gabe. For this project, we first read a story about dif­fer­ent kinds of fish, and talked about the shapes, lines, and pat­terns we saw in each one.… lots of ovals, tri­an­gles, cir­cles and […]

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Watercolor Fish

These are your basic crayon resist fish, but with a new twist.… stu­dents painted the fish sep­a­rately from the back­ground, then we glued them on top after every­thing was dry. The result is a back­ground that looks con­tin­u­ous. Try sprin­kling some salt on your back­ground before it dries for an inter­est­ing, “watery” effect! I like […]

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Foil Fish

Self-adhesive mount­ing board made this project a snap to prep and clean up! Spe­cial thanks to Mabel Gid­cumb for shar­ing this fun les­son plan, which she adapted from a project in the Usborne Book of Art Projects. She made these col­or­ful fish with her Vaca­tion Bible School kids and reports that it was a huge success! […]

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