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Gung Hey Fat Choy! Chinese New Year Dragons

Chi­nese New Year is right around the cor­ner!  Mon­day, Jan­u­ary 23, 2012 will mark the start of the “Year of the Dragon”, year 4709 on the Chi­nese cal­en­dar, where each year is des­ig­nated by one of 12 ani­mals.  I thought a dragon project would be fun for my first graders as we usher out the […]

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Line Designs with Shading

I’m not really sure what to call these draw­ings, but my stu­dents love them!  I found this project on Art with Mr. E. (and embell­ished his instruc­tions just a bit) to use with my 4th & 5th graders for some end-of-the-year fun!! With this project, you can teach that shad­ing and care­ful use of line […]

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Chilean Rain Sticks

This project requires a bit more prep than most, but it’s not dif­fi­cult and so worth the extra time it takes! Your stu­dents will LOVE cre­at­ing these col­or­ful, authen­tic sound­ing rain sticks! Be sure to show stu­dents where Chile is located on a map or globe, and talk about its unique geog­ra­phy and weather! Chile […]

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3D” Flower Collage

My 2nd graders used these whim­si­cal flow­ers for their Mother’s Day cards this year, but you could also make a col­or­ful gar­den pic­ture while teach­ing the con­cepts of sym­me­try and lay­er­ing. Attach­ing the blos­soms with lay­ers of dou­ble stick foam tape gives a fun 3D effect that unfor­tu­nately doesn’t show up well in this picture! […]

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Calder-Inspired “Stabile” Sculptures

Alexan­der Calder, Amer­i­can sculp­tor and inven­tor of the mobile, also invented the “sta­bile”, a free­stand­ing sculp­ture with sim­i­lar qual­i­ties to the mobile. Since his sta­bile sculp­tures are quite large, many are installed out­doors.… so we “planted” our sta­biles in florist foam com­plete with grow­ing grass to get the full effect! Mate­ri­als: 4 Pipe clean­ers in […]

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Gustav Klimt 3D Trees

Aus­trian painter, Gus­tav Klimt, was an impor­tant fig­ure in the Art Nou­veau move­ment at the turn of the 20th cen­tury. His “Tree of Life” paint­ing inspired this project — a favorite with my 1st graders every spring. After all, when you com­bine 3D art, gold pipe clean­ers and live, grow­ing grass… how can you go wrong??! […]

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Box Fold” Pop-Up Cards

The vari­a­tions are end­less for cre­at­ing cards with a fun pop-up fea­ture! You can eas­ily change the “heart” ele­ment in this design to make cards for any hol­i­day or spe­cial occa­sion. Try putting sev­eral pages together to make your own pop-up book! To Make a Box Fold Pop-Up: Begin with two sheets of 9” x […]

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