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Underwater Fantasy inspired by Paul Klee

Swiss painter and graphic artist, Paul Klee, is known for his child-like use of line and color.… maybe that’s why kids relate so well to his work!  The influ­ence of Sur­re­al­ism, Expres­sion­ism, and Cubism is eas­ily seen in his art, yet he really had a style all his own.  This project is inspired by his […]

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An Abstract “Musical Composition”!

Abstract art is a great way to teach com­po­si­tion and the Ele­ments of Art… with­out the intim­i­da­tion that can occur when striv­ing for real­ism.  Take some musi­cal sym­bols and cre­ate a ran­dom lay­out… and have fun with it!! Mate­ri­als: 12x18 black con­struc­tion paper Oil pas­tels (we used the Pen­tel 16 color set) Direc­tions: 1. Sketch your design using […]

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Kandinsky for Kinders

I love this color mix­ing les­son inspired by Russ­ian artist, Wass­ily Kandin­sky! Kandin­sky was an accom­plished musi­cian as well as an artist, so it’s fun to play music while the stu­dents are work­ing. You can do vari­a­tions of this les­son for just about any grade level. Here is what I do for Kinder­garten and 1st […]

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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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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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More about Picasso.…

Self-Portrait 1907 by Pablo Picasso Yesterday’s post, “Wild ‘n Crazy Picasso Por­traits”, left me inspired to write a lit­tle bit more about this amaz­ing artist… Span­ish artist, Pablo Picasso (1881–1973), is often under-appreciated by peo­ple who don’t know much about him.… I usu­ally have to remind stu­dents of “Rule #1″ when teach­ing a class about […]

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Wild ‘n Crazy Picasso Portraits

Picasso Por­traits”, taught by Mrs. Mendence to her 2nd graders,after attend­ing my teacher work­shop, “Teach Kids Art with Mark­ers” Noth­ing beats abstract art for get­ting kids to loosen up and just have fun with being cre­ative! Not hav­ing to worry about mak­ing your pic­ture look “real­is­tic” really takes the pres­sure off, and for many, can […]

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