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Purple crocus pushing up through the snow with shadows

New Year — New Beginnings

It’s a new year, and along with that comes new begin­nings. Peo­ple often choose Jan­u­ary as a time to start some­thing new, or to stop some­thing that isn’t work­ing for them. It’s a time for res­o­lu­tions and changes. This new year brought big changes to my fam­ily, but unlike res­o­lu­tions, they weren’t changes made by […]

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Student spraying water on her monochromatic snow scene

Monochromatic Snow Scene with Markers

Here’s an easy, win­tery snow scene, per­fect for those days when you need a les­son with­out much prep or clean-up. The week before Christ­mas break is that time for me! Mate­ri­als: 12 x 18 white con­struc­tion paper Cray­ola Wash­able Mark­ers (you only need the gray, red, and orange) Spray bot­tle filled with plain water Direc­tions: Use your gray […]

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Colorful Spiderwebs

I found this idea on Tunstall’s Teach­ing Tid­bits (thank you, Pin­ter­est!), and thought it would make a fun fall draw­ing les­son for my 1st graders.  I was sur­prised by how chal­leng­ing the web design was for many of them!  They drew the straight lines with no prob­lem at all, but the curvy lines were a dif­fer­ent story!  This […]

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Blossoming “Popcorn Trees”

Spring has sprung, and to cel­e­brate, our Kinders painted trees blos­som­ing with flow­ers made of pop­corn!  This les­son rein­forces the color mix­ing skills we’ve been work­ing on all year, as well as teaches a basic tech­nique for drawing/painting trees.  Adding pop­corn also gives the oppor­tu­nity to talk about the con­cept of “mixed media”.  And who […]

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Snowmen with Tempera

Crop­ping and a unique point of view make this “not your every­day snow­man”!  I first saw this com­po­si­tion idea on Art Projects for Kids (done with oil pas­tels) and then on Deep Space Sparkle (done with tem­pera paint).  I used this les­son to teach my first graders about crop­ping and the 3/4 view por­trait.  They loved it […]

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Christmas Cards for Veterans

4th grade “JOY” by Jacob For our school-wide Thanks­giv­ing project, we decided to show our thanks to some very spe­cial peo­ple…  My K through 7th grade stu­dents have been busy mak­ing Christ­mas cards for Vet­er­ans, to spread some Christ­mas cheer and let these men and women know they are loved and appre­ci­ated!  The hun­dreds of cards […]

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Snowflake Crayon Resist

This fun les­son was inspired by a project I saw on Art Projects for Kids… “Water­color Resist Snowflakes”. I changed it up just a lit­tle for my Kinder­garten classes and they had a blast doing this! First we talked a bit about snowflakes and then I showed them some amaz­ing pho­tographs of real snowflakes (taken with […]

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