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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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Self-Portraits Inspired by Grant Wood

Grant Wood (1891-1942) was an American artist best known for his paintings of rural American life.  My students were fascinated by the story of how his father died when Grant was only ten years old, and his mother had to move her family from their home on the farm to the big city. This was a […]

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Thumbprint Self-Portrait

Here’s a great idea I found on Pinterest…. You can see lots of inspiring examples here and here.  I tried this lesson with my middle school students and they really had fun with it!   For more detailed instructions with photos, tips, writing prompts, a student gallery, and fascinating fingerprint facts, check out my pdf on […]

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Happy 100th Day of School!

Last week our adorable Kinders celebrated the “100th Day of School”. One of their many fun activities was to draw self-portraits of themselves today and in 100 years! As you can see, the results were charming!! Even if your 100th Day of School has already passed, this is a fun project to do anytime! 1. […]

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Picasso Portraits – Kindergarten Style!

Picasso gives us many great opportunities to teach about abstract art! I like to do this lesson with my Kinders after I teach them the more “traditional” methods of drawing portraits. They really enjoy this chance to “get a little crazy” with their art! (Warning: Get ready to hear some of the FUNNIEST comments from […]

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Personalized Self-Portraits

Third grade self-portrait by Zachary Use the inspiration of artist Frida Kahlo to have your students add a personalized touch to their self-portraits. Frida Kahlo is known for her prolific painting career…. paintings mostly of herself! She often used symbolism in her paintings as a “window to her soul”. I like to have students add […]

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