K Portfolios – a Purple Crayon Adventure!






I’ve always loved books, so I love to start the school year off by reading an art-related story to each of my classes. My favorite “art story” for Kindergarten is Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. This classic children’s tale was first published in 1955 and has been hugely popular ever since. It […]






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Get Ready for a New School Year!






My basic supplies for teaching “affordable” art…. most of my lessons use just these simple materials. Preparing for a new school year can be an enormous job! But like anything else, if you break it down into smaller, more manageable tasks, it’s a lot less overwhelming! Here’s what works for me…. The first step is […]






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Rorschach Creatures






This is a favorite lesson I do with Kindergarten every fall. They love the surprise of opening their papers to reveal colorful designs and the fun of using their imaginations to “discover” unique creatures! I do this lesson in two parts, to give the paint time to dry before adding details with marker. 1. Fold […]






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Mexican Bark Painting






“Mexican Bark Painting” by Arin Colorful Bark Paintings made by the people of Xalitla, Mexico, are the primary source of income for their entire community. These paintings on amate paper (made from the bark of the wild fig tree) typically depict flowers, birds, plants and animals. Directions:1. Cut apart a brown paper grocery bag. (I […]






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Animal Sculpture with Air-Dry Clay






Kids LOVE using clay, maybe more than any other art medium, yet most schools and homes do not have a kiln for firing. If this is your situation, don’t let this stop you from sharing the experience of working with clay with your students! Crayola Air Dry Clay is a good alternative to the traditional […]






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Butterflies Inspired by Eric Carle






A collage with personality – inspired by the beloved Eric Carle! Eric Carle’s colorful collages are among the first works of art that many young children are exposed to…. who doesn’t love his charming illustrations??It’s easy to make your own collage butterflies inspired by Eric Carle…. just follow these simple instructions. And be sure to […]






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Colorful Textured Paper






It’s easy and FUN to make this colorful textured paper! We made lots of it in a recent teacher workshop at Palace Art. To make this amazing-looking paper, all you need is a piece of plastic (an expired credit card or gift card works well) with notches cut into one side of it, and some […]






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