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20 Interesting Facts about the Sistine Chapel

20 Interesting Facts about the Sistine Chapel

If you’re read­ing this post, you’re prob­a­bly a per­son who enjoys learn­ing about art and the artists who cre­ate it. Yet we all know peo­ple who don’t share this inter­est, and may even find art his­tory to be dry and bor­ing (gasp!). Well, art his­tory is any­thing but dry and bor­ing if you know the sto­ries behind the paint­ings! From DaVinci’s Mona Lisa […]

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Mona Lisa - Fact or Fiction? 50 Fantastic Things to Know

Mona Lisa — Fact or Fiction? 50 Fantastic Things to Know!

My stu­dents became experts on all things Mona Lisa the year we ‘adopted’ the Mona Lisa as our Art Class Mas­cot!  For gen­er­a­tions, the Mona Lisa has cap­ti­vated the imag­i­na­tions of young and old alike. Her mys­te­ri­ous smile hints that there is much we don’t know about this paint­ing, and the woman in it. But there […]

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Nativity Painting by Gerard Van Honthorst, 1622

Light Has Come!

Reli­gious paint­ings were a favorite sub­ject of the Old Mas­ters (trained Euro­pean painters who worked between the mid 1400’s to the early 1800’s). In paint­ings from this time period, Jesus was often depicted with a glow­ing light that would radi­ate out from him. This exam­ple of the Nativ­ity (or birth) of Christ by Dutch artist […]

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Berry Thumbprint People Cartoon

How Full Is Your Bucket?

The books that inspired this les­son have noth­ing to do with art, and the illus­tra­tions were not what attracted me! What I LOVE about these books is their mes­sage. And what bet­ter way to drive home a great mes­sage than with a fun art les­son??! Inspired by a bul­ly­ing episode at my school, I saw […]

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Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos Projects

Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muer­tos) is right around the cor­ner!  Don’t miss the oppor­tu­nity to share this impor­tant cul­tural tra­di­tion with your stu­dents.  Often mis­un­der­stood, this pop­u­lar Mex­i­can hol­i­day hon­or­s ances­tors and loved ones who have died, and is cel­e­brated each year on Novem­ber 1st & 2nd. This family-centered hol­i­day cel­e­brates the cycle of […]

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Valentine Op-Art

This les­son was inspired by an Art­so­nia project I LOVED on Pin­ter­est.  I knew that the boys in my 5th grade class were not going to go for the tra­di­tional valen­tine project this year, so adding a heart to an Op-Art hand draw­ing seemed like the per­fect com­pro­mise!   I’ve done this project a few times […]

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Day of the Dead Prints” inspired by Jose Posada

We had a blast at my Teach Kids Art: “Day of the Dead” work­shop yes­ter­day!  I added a new project this year, “Day of the Dead Prints” — inspired by Jose Posada.  Jose Posada (1852–1913) was a pro­lific Mex­i­can folk artist and polit­i­cal satirist from Aguas­cal­lientes in cen­tral Mex­ico.  Posada began learn­ing lith­o­g­ra­phy (a form of print­mak­ing using a […]

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