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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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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