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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: 12x18 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 paint­ings of Marc […]

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Kindergarten Rorschach Prints

-+*  This is one of my favorite Kinder­garten lessons, based on the famous Rorschach Ink Blot Test.  The process of mak­ing these prints seems almost mag­i­cal to a five year old who’s doing this for the first time. It com­bines col­or­ful paint with the ele­ment of sur­prise and plenty of imag­i­na­tion… what’s not to love […]

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Popcorn Drawing — Observation & Imagination

-+*Have you ever looked at a cloud and seen an ani­mal or some other ran­dom image?  Most every­one has used their imag­i­na­tion to “find” things in clouds, and pop­corn offers this same cre­ative expe­ri­ence!  This is a great les­son for 5th grade and up.  Make sure you cre­ate a sam­ple to illus­trate the steps… a […]

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

-+* Yes­ter­day (March 2nd) we cel­e­brated a very spe­cial birth­day in our Kinder­garten classes.… that of beloved children’s author/illustrator, Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka “Dr. Seuss”.  In his life­time, Dr. Seuss pub­lished over 40 children’s books which have inspired both read­ing and imag­i­na­tion for gen­er­a­tions of chil­dren.  His birth­day has fit­tingly been adopted as the date for […]

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Gung Hey Fat Choy!

-+*Chi­nese New Year falls on Valentine’s Day this year! Chi­nese New Year is often cel­e­brated with a parade led by a long, col­or­ful dragon. My 1st graders drew a fun Chi­nese Dragon to ring in the “Year of the Tiger”! 1. Cut a piece of 12“x18” white con­struc­tion paper in half to mea­sure 6“x18”.2. Using pencil, […]

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Hide-a-Heart” Valentines

-+*This les­son is adapted from Karen Card, my children’s mid­dle school Art teacher. You can do this ver­sa­tile project with any grade level, scal­ing it up or down as needed. It’s fun to give kids a lit­tle struc­ture and a lot of free­dom to be cre­ative.… then watch as all the great ideas start flow­ing out! […]

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Dot Monsters are great fun and full of surprises!

Dot Monsters!

-+*Dot Mon­sters are a per­fect activ­ity to teach to the whole class or use with those “early fin­ish­ers” who end up with free time after com­plet­ing a project. Kids from 1st grade through 6th grade love mak­ing these! Dot Mon­sters nur­ture imag­i­na­tion and encour­age cre­ative think­ing and prob­lem solv­ing.… and they’re FUN! Here’s how you […]

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