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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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Visual Texture

This activ­ity is great prac­tice for learn­ing to see val­ues (lights and darks) and dupli­cate them in your draw­ings. Younger stu­dents may only have the patience to do two or three of these, while older stu­dents may want to do sev­eral more. Make sure you use the same pen­cil and the same paper for both […]

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Name Tangles

Name Tan­gles” are a fun way to cre­ate a cool design using your name or another word of your choice. Try adapt­ing this idea for a unique greet­ing card design! Mate­ri­als: 9x12 white con­struc­tion paper Pen­cil and eraser Black mark­ers, fine and broad point Direc­tions:1. Use large stick let­ters to write your name, begin­ning with the first […]

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Tangle Drawings

Tan­gle draw­ing by Krista, grade 4Tan­gle draw­ings are like sophis­ti­cated “doo­dles”, with an end­less vari­ety of pos­si­bil­i­ties! Visit Zentangle.com (and its com­pan­ion Flickr site) to be inspired and see how one cou­ple has turned these sim­ple, yet sophis­ti­cated draw­ings into a world-wide craze! Vocab­u­lary: Tan­gle — a con­fused mass of some­thing that is twisted together […]

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Kindergarten Stars

Try these sim­ple instruc­tions to teach your kinders how to draw stars. As adults, we make these designs auto­mat­i­cally, almost with­out think­ing, but for a five year old draw­ing their very first star, it’s noth­ing short of mag­i­cal! Once it “clicks” for them, they will be draw­ing stars every­where! First talk about types of lines, […]

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Kindergarten Birds

These kinder­garten bird paint­ings are guar­an­teed to make you smile! I was com­pletely charmed by these when my stu­dents did them last week, so I wanted to share a few, along with some tips for get­ting great results.… I began by shar­ing a spe­cial “artist secret” with my stu­dents.… that “artists use shapes to help […]

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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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