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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Abstract Scatch Art

This project was inspired by Swiss artist Paul Klee. Paul Klee (1879–1940) was an abstract artist known for his highly indi­vid­ual style, which was influ­enced by many dif­fer­ent art move­ments, includ­ing Expres­sion­ism, Cubism and Sur­re­al­ism. Ran­dom col­ors in the back­ground appear as your design is scratched out, offer­ing a fun sur­prise whether you cre­ate a […]

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Watercolor Fish with Pointillism

Last weekend’s teacher work­shop at Palace Art and Office Sup­ply was a huge suc­cess! It’s encour­ag­ing to know that so many teach­ers are eager to expand their art skills so they can share the ben­e­fits of Art with their stu­dents! For this work­shop we focused on water­color, so I thought I would share a few […]

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