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22 Ways to Combine Writing & Art to Encourage Creativity

22 Ways to Combine Writing & Art to Encourage Creativity

I recently had the privilege of helping my adult daughter edit the manuscript for her first book. Her first real, published book. A book with an agent, a publisher, a release date (April 2017), and it’s own pre-order page on Amazon. A proud parenting milestone for sure! But this book of hers has been a long time in the making. […]

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Make a Leaf Collage inspired by 'Look What I Did with a Leaf' by Morteza E. Sohi

Make a Leaf Collage

Now that summer’s here, how do you keep your kids learning, creating, and spending more time outdoors than in front of a screen? One way is with this inspiring little book, “Look What I Did with a Leaf!” by Morteza E. Sohi. This is not so much a read-aloud type of book that you would […]

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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: […]

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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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Gustav Klimt 3D Trees

Gustav Klimt 3D Trees

Austrian painter, Gustav Klimt, was an important figure in the Art Nouveau movement at the turn of the 20th century. His “Tree of Life” painting inspired this project – a favorite with my 1st graders every spring. After all, when you combine 3D art, gold pipe cleaners and live, growing grass… how can you go […]

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Negative Space Tree Drawings

6th Grade Drawings of the Trees in our Parking Lot! If you hurry, you can still fit this project in before the trees start sprouting leaves and you have to wait til fall!Kids love any excuse to get out of the classroom, so if you can, go outside and have them do the first part […]

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