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Dense Text Lettering






My inspiration for this project came from the wonderful book, Hand Lettering, by Marci Donley & DeAnn Singh.  The authors call this technique “Writing Between the Lines”, but I think “Dense Text” describes it better.  I tried it with my middle schoolers and the results were fantastic!  You’ll find so many applications for this fun lettering […]






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Grade 5 Portfolios – Collecting Words






 I LOVE kids’ books!!! I just discovered a great new book, titled “Max’s Words” by Kate Banks. While this book doesn’t have a specific art theme, it inspired me to create a portfolio project for my 5th graders based on WORDS. Kids LOVE to collect things. I learned this from personal experience, with a daughter who […]






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Valentine Card with Negative Space Resist






Use contact paper and masking tape to create a resist for a beautiful watercolor wash background! Materials: Contact paper, 4 pieces 3″ x 4″ Masking tape or painter’s tape (Lessen the tackiness by sticking the tape onto your clothes first, that way it won’t tear your paper when you remove it.) Scissors Watercolor paper, 9”x […]






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Grade 5 Portfolios – Collecting Words






I LOVE kids’ books!!! I just discovered a great new book, titled “Max’s Words” by Kate Banks. While this book doesn’t have a specific art theme, it inspired me to create a portfolio project for my 5th graders based on WORDS. Kids LOVE to collect things. I learned this from personal experience, with a daughter […]






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Alphabet Art – The Verdict is In!






two examples of first grade “Alphabet Art” It’s official…. everyone LOVES Alphabet Art! From first graders to sixth graders, the responses were all the same – this project is a hit!! A few of the youngest students had to be reminded to connect their letters, but other than that most students were able to work […]






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Alphabet Art






In today’s culture, some symbols have become so familiar that we’ve stopped noticing them. This idea is what prompted contemporary American artist, Jasper Johns, to create abstract paintings from symbols such as letters, numbers and maps to get his viewers to experience these symbols in new ways. Your students can follow these steps to share […]






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“Thank You” Drawings






With Thanksgiving just around the corner, what better time than now to focus your students on being thankful for the blessings in their lives? Have your students choose one thing they’re thankful for and teach them how to write it with “outline letters”, which they can then decorate to reflect the theme of their illustration. […]






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