Personalized Self-Portraits

+-*Third grade self-portrait by Zachary Use the inspi­ra­tion of artist Frida Kahlo to have your stu­dents add a per­son­al­ized touch to their self-portraits. Frida Kahlo is known for her pro­lific paint­ing career.… paint­ings mostly of her­self! She often used sym­bol­ism in her paint­ings as a “win­dow to her soul”. I like to have stu­dents add […]

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Easy Borders — Without Measuring!

+-*Cre­at­ing a bor­der with­out using a ruler Using rulers is an impor­tant skill for kids to develop, but it can add a lot of time (and some­times frus­tra­tion) to an Art les­son. Some­times it’s best to do a sep­a­rate les­son on using rulers and find ways to avoid them dur­ing Art time! In my last teacher workshop, […]

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Self-Portrait Workshop — Paul Klee

+-*Here is a sam­pling of self-portraits inspired by artist Paul Klee (includ­ing one in progress) from my last teacher work­shop. Paul Klee (1879–1940) was a Swiss artist known for his highly indi­vid­ual, abstract style. His work was influ­enced by many dif­fer­ent art move­ments, includ­ing Expres­sion­ism, Cubism and Sur­re­al­ism. This project uses squares of “bleed­ing tissue” […]

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Teacher Workshop: Self-Portraits!

+-*I just fin­ished the 4th work­shop in my “Teach­ing Teach­ers to Teach Art” series. This work­shop focused on teach­ing Self-Portraits and we had a blast! We learned the basic “rules” for draw­ing por­traits (see below) and did three self-portrait projects inspired by famous artists Paul Klee, Frida Kahlo and Amedeo Modigliani. I’ll be shar­ing those […]

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Create Your Own Color Wheel

+-*Noth­ing teaches you as much about color mix­ing as cre­at­ing your own color wheel! Here’s some help­ful vocab­u­lary and direc­tions for cre­at­ing a color wheel of your own: Pri­mary col­ors — red, yel­low and blue (col­ors that can­not be cre­ated by mix­ing other col­ors) Sec­ondary col­ors — orange, green and vio­let (col­ors that are cre­ated by […]

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Butterfly Symmetry with Crayon Resist

+-*But­ter­flies make the per­fect sub­ject for learn­ing about sym­me­try and they’re a great way to wel­come the spring sea­son. I love dis­play­ing them by putting a cou­ple of sta­ples through the body and pulling the wings out a lit­tle so they look like they’re in flight! It’s fun to let them “fly” off the bulletin […]

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My Good Shepherd

+-*Paint­ing by Syd­ney, grade 1 When I taught Art at a pri­vate Chris­t­ian School, I would do this les­son every year just before Easter with my first graders. This is one of those projects where the results are totally charm­ing and every­one feels suc­cess­ful.… and the par­ents love them!! The idea for these adorable water­color sheep came […]

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