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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 added to 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 […]






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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

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 […]






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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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