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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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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

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 wrong??! […]

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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 of […]

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