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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 Teachers […]

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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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Self-Portrait Workshop — Paul Klee

Here is a sam­pling of self-portraits inspired by artist Paul Klee (includ­ing one in progress) from my last teacher work­shop. Paul Klee (1879–1940) was a Swiss artist known for his highly indi­vid­ual, abstract style. His work was influ­enced by many dif­fer­ent art move­ments, includ­ing Expres­sion­ism, Cubism and Sur­re­al­ism. This project uses squares of “bleed­ing tissue” […]

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