Kindergarten Birds

These kindergarten bird paintings are guaranteed to make you smile! I was completely charmed by these when my students did them last week, so I wanted to share a few, along with some tips for getting great results…. I began by sharing a special “artist secret” with my students…. that “artists use shapes to help […]

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Name Aliens

“Name Alien” by Robert Here’s a fun symmetry project that I adapted from another really old book, “Paper Designs” by Jerome C. Brown. It’s out of print, but can still be found through used book sellers. When students are comfortable with writing their names in cursive, they are ready for this project…. I do this […]

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Positive/Negative Space Collage #2

This project is similar to the last one I posted, but this one has a mirror image that works vertically as well as horizontally. It’s really not that much more difficult, especially if you’ve already done the first one, but it’s definitely impressive! (Both are adapted from the book Wild & Wonderful Art Lessons by […]

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Positive/Negative Space Collage #1

Cut paper collage is a great way to teach the concepts of positive/negative space and symmetry. This lesson is inspired by the art of Japanese ‘Notan’, which emphasizes the contrast between light and dark. Each student’s project will look unique, everyone will feel successful, and it’s not even messy! You can’t beat that combination!  1. […]

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Time for Fall FUNdraisers!

Desk clock with student artwork from Kids Kreations School has begun, and in these tough economic times, that means school fundraisers are beginning, too! This year, why not try a fundraiser that families will really get excited about??! Kids Kreations specializes in transforming original works of art by kids (or even adults!) into personalized gifts […]

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6th Grade Portfolio Project – Follow Your Star!

I’m especially excited about my 6th grade portfolio project! This project is inspired by an amazing book by author/illustrator Peter Reynolds, who created the classic children’s books “The Dot” and “Ish“. This potentially life-changing book, “The North Star”, is so special, it even has it’s own website! (Check out this site for fun activities for […]

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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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