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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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Touch” Contour Drawing

A work­shop par­tic­i­pant try­ing out the “touch” method of con­tour draw­ing In my last teacher work­shop, I showed how stu­dents can improve their draw­ing skills with dif­fer­ent types of con­tour draw­ing. In pre­vi­ous posts, I’ve talked about blind, mem­ory and guided con­tour draw­ing. Last, but not least, is “touch” con­tour draw­ing. This is another great […]

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More Contour Drawing — “Memory” and “Guided”

Guided” Con­tour Draw­ing by Austin, grade 5 In her book, Art for Kids: Draw­ing, artist and author Kathryn Tem­ple reminds us that, “The most impor­tant thing an artist can do is pay atten­tion.” It’s amaz­ing how most peo­ple go through life with­out really look­ing at the world around them. Con­tour draw­ing will help you break this […]

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Teacher Workshop — Contour Drawing!

Blind Con­tour Draw­ing” of a stu­dent in my work­shop! I love this quote by Kathryn Tem­ple, author of Art for Kids: Draw­ing.… “Draw­ing has more to do with see­ing than it does with hold­ing a pen­cil in your hand.” So true!! In my teacher work­shop last week­end (“Teach­ing Draw­ing to Kids”) we focused on how […]

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Monet’s Ice Cream Sundae Party

1st Grade Ice Cream Sun­dae…don’t you just love kids’ art??! This is a FUN les­son in color mix­ing and mix­ing tints (a tint is any color plus white). I got this out of an old School Arts Mag­a­zine years ago and just sim­pli­fied it a lit­tle. It’s a great oppor­tu­nity to talk to kids about Impressionist […]

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Shoe Drawings

Third Grade Shoe Draw­ing by Brian Con­tour draw­ing is a great activ­ity for devel­op­ing your draw­ing skills, no mat­ter what your age or level of abil­ity. There are dozens of fun projects you can do with con­tour draw­ing, but here is one of my favorites.… Shoe Draw­ings!1. Remove one shoe and place it on your desk.2. […]

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Christmas “Stained Glass” Ornaments

Are your stu­dents bounc­ing off the walls with antic­i­pa­tion of the com­ing hol­i­day? Need a last minute project to engage them? Try mak­ing these glow­ing orna­ments with the look of stained glass! Stu­dents in grade 3 and up will enjoy spread­ing Christ­mas cheer when they hang these orna­ments on their tree or give them as […]

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