Watercolor Fish

These are your basic crayon resist fish, but with a new twist…. students painted the fish separately from the background, then we glued them on top after everything was dry. The result is a background that looks continuous. Try sprinkling some salt on your background before it dries for an interesting, “watery” effect! I like […]

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Paper Sculpture Inspired by Alexander Calder

This wonderful sculpture was created at my last Teacher Workshop…. I don’t know who to give credit to, so if this is yours, please let me know!Alexander Calder (1898-1976) was an American artist who was born into a family of artists and sculptors and became one of the 20th century’s most influential modern artists. He […]

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Hand Print Art for Pre-K and Kindergarten

I don’t usually post project ideas for Pre-K, since I teach K – 6 (so most of my ideas and resources are for those grades). Special thanks to Denise Harrell, the coordinator for Young Children’s World in Abilene, Texas, who submitted these ideas. She used these projects for a Kids Kreations fundraiser and wanted to […]

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Autumn Leaves – Kindergarten Style!

Autumn Leaf by Gabriel If you happen to have a five year old in your life (or maybe a class full of them!), you may want to try this fun project for fall! Hillary Dixon, one of our fabulous Kindergarten teachers, shared this idea with me today… her class had just finished making these colorful […]

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Tessellations

Tessellations are all around us! A tile floor is a good example. Encourage your students to find other tessellating patterns in the world around them. Then make your own tessellations inspired by artist M.C. Escher. (Don’t be afraid to try these… they are much easier than they look!) First, some helpful vocabulary:M.C. Escher – a […]

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Color Mixing with Kindergarten

Flowers by GabrielI love how K’s will intuitively paint a line of blue across the top of the paper for the sky, because the sky is above them! (They usually need to be taught to make the sky touch the ground. I save that lesson for later!) I like to start off our first color […]

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Matisse-Inspired Collage

When Matisse was elderly and too weak to stand at his easel, he began making collages with cut paper, which he called “drawing with scissors”. Henri Matisse, a French artist (1869-1953) known for his originality and strong use of color, was one of the most important artists of the 20th century and a leader in […]

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