Self-Portraits Inspired by Paul Klee

Kinder­garten self-portrait and “Senecio” by Paul Klee One of our won­der­ful par­ent vol­un­teers recently shared a great web­site with me that she found. If you’re look­ing for new art lessons to try, check out Kathy Barbaro’s “Art Projects for Kids”. I found a great idea on her web­site for “paint­ing” with tis­sue paper, which I tried […]

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Send Artwork Home Safely

Send­ing stu­dent art­work home can be a per­ilous expe­ri­ence! A project that took hours to cre­ate can quickly get crin­kled or torn by the well-meaning rub­ber band you put around it. You can avoid this prob­lem by keep­ing a sup­ply of card­board tube-rings on hand. Sim­ply cut an empty paper towel tube into rings about […]

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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 independently. […]

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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 this […]

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Dot Monsters!

Dot Mon­sters are a per­fect activ­ity to teach to the whole class or use with those “early fin­ish­ers” who end up with free time after com­plet­ing a project. Kids from 1st grade through 6th grade love mak­ing these! Dot Mon­sters nur­ture imag­i­na­tion and encour­age cre­ative think­ing and prob­lem solv­ing.… and they’re FUN! Here’s how you […]

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Going for the 90%

Most every­one has heard the inspir­ing edu­ca­tion sta­tis­tic, “We remem­ber 10% of what we hear, 20% of what we read, 50% of what we do, 75% of what we dis­cuss and 90% of what we teach.” Well, I hate to burst your bub­ble, but as it turns out there is actu­ally no sci­en­tific basis for […]

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Pink Gold — Sketching with Erasers!

Did you know that the sim­ple pink eraser at the tip of your #2 pen­cil is worth it’s weight in gold?? (Or maybe even more, since erasers don’t weigh much!) Well, it is and here’s why.… I don’t use these erasers for eras­ing (I save that for my trusty “Magic Rub”), I use them for […]

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