Paper Magic

It’s amaz­ing how many ways you can turn kids on to MATH using ART!!! In my teacher work­shop, “Teach Kids Math with Art”, we expe­ri­enced lots of ways to do just that! This project makes a great intro­duc­tion to the study of topol­ogy. Topol­ogy is a type of geom­e­try con­cerned with space, dimen­sion and transformation. […]

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More Teacher Workshops!

Call­ing all teach­ers on the Cal­i­for­nia Cen­tral Coast! The “Teach­ing Teach­ers to Teach Art Series” at Palace Art in Capi­tola has been a huge suc­cess! It’s not too late to get in on the final work­shops of the sum­mer. Ses­sions are fill­ing up fast, but sev­eral still have space avail­able and more may be added from […]

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Art Demo ~ Crayola Model Magic

Here are a few scary (and sadly, out of focus!) mon­sters from a prod­uct demo I did yes­ter­day for Cray­ola, using their Model Magic mod­el­ing mate­r­ial. These imag­i­na­tive crea­tures were cre­ated by an 8 year old boy who couldn’t get enough of this stuff! Before being asked to teach this demo, I always thought Model Magic […]

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Foil Fish

Self-adhesive mount­ing board made this project a snap to prep and clean up! Spe­cial thanks to Mabel Gid­cumb for shar­ing this fun les­son plan, which she adapted from a project in the Usborne Book of Art Projects. She made these col­or­ful fish with her Vaca­tion Bible School kids and reports that it was a huge success! […]

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Catch of the Day” — Ceramic Fish

Clay fish plat­ter by Alli­son Kids love clay! There’s just some­thing about get­ting your hands cov­ered with mud that kids can’t resist! Clay is a great medium for learn­ing about tex­ture and form, and its pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less. Here are my direc­tions for this fun fish plat­ter.… a per­fect sum­mer project!Direc­tions:1. Draw a fun fish […]

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Sunset Cityscapes

I do this project year after year with the 1st graders, and it’s always a hit. The kids really get cre­ative with their build­ings and the results are fab­u­lous! Direc­tions: 1. Begin by paint­ing clear water over a piece of white 9x12 water­color paper or heavy-weight con­struc­tion paper (what I use). Then do a wet-on-wet […]

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Abstract Design with Markers

This project offers a great oppor­tu­nity to intro­duce the work of abstract artists Robert & Sonia Delau­nay. I first saw this idea almost 20 years ago — I have no idea where I got it from, but I’ve used it almost every year since then and its always been a hit! The results are consistently […]

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