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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 […]

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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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Nature Collage Card – Inspired by the Art of Haiti

You can learn a lot about a culture from its art work!  On my recent trip to Haiti, I learned that the Haitian people are both resilient and resourceful.  Their resourcefulness is easily seen in their artwork, especially these collaged note cards that they make and sell, using local organic materials to create simple scenes […]

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Painting Great Greens!

Green is a color that students often take for granted.  When painting greens, many will default to just using the green in their paint set.  This results in paintings that lack depth and interest.  With some basic color mixing instruction, kids can paint a variety of greens and greatly improve their paintings at the same […]

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Chinese Brush Painting

Chinese Brush Painting dates back to 4000 BC, with techniques being handed down from master to student. In contrast to what most of us are taught about art today, copying and perfection of technique was more important and more highly valued than self-expression. Chinese Brush Painting uses simple strokes of a paint brush to capture […]

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“Faux” Mexican Bark “Paintings”

These Mexican Bark “Paintings” by my 5th graders got more “wows” than any other project at our recent school art show. By using markers instead of paint, we saved time in both prep and clean-up, as well as the extra step of touching up with black Sharpie after painting. And the marker on the brown […]

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Autumn Leaves – Kindergarten Style!

Autumn Leaf by Gabriel If you happen to have a five year old in your life (or maybe a class full of them!), you may want to try this fun project for fall! Hillary Dixon, one of our fabulous Kindergarten teachers, shared this idea with me today… her class had just finished making these colorful […]

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