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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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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