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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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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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Mexican Bark Painting

Mex­i­can Bark Paint­ing” by Arin Col­or­ful Bark Paint­ings made by the peo­ple of Xal­itla, Mex­ico, are the pri­mary source of income for their entire com­mu­nity. These paint­ings on amate paper (made from the bark of the wild fig tree) typ­i­cally depict flow­ers, birds, plants and ani­mals. Direc­tions:1. Cut apart a brown paper gro­cery bag. (I can […]

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