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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Grade 4 Portfolios – “Ish” Drawings






There are lots of wonderful children’s books available today, but “Ish” by Peter Reynolds stands out as one of my all-time favorites. This is a story that everyone (kids and adults!) can relate to…. in fact, it’s so influential that I can literally see a “before and after” effect each time I read it to […]






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Grade 3 Portfolios – The Shapes and Colors of Joy






“Matthew’s Dream”, by Leo Lionni, is my inspiration for our third grade portfolio project. In this charming fable, a boy named Matthew visits the museum with his classmates and is entranced by the paintings he sees there. That night Matthew has a magical dream which helps him to see the world around him in a […]






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Grade 2 Portfolios – “My Many Colored Days”






This project is a great way to use last year’s broken crayons! You can even assign students the job of peeling paper off the broken crayons just for this purpose…. some kids LOVE to do this!! “My Many Colored Days”, written (but not illustrated) by the beloved Dr. Seuss, is the inspiration for my Grade […]






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Grade 1 Portfolios – Design a Dot!






Every year, I start each of my Art classes by going over my “Art Rules”. While this is review for most of my students, it never hurts to hear it again! And reading this book provides a great on-ramp to having this discussion! The Dot, by Peter Reynolds, has to be one of my favorite […]






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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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