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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: 9×12 white construction paper Pencil and eraser Black markers, fine and broad point Directions:1. Use large stick letters to write your name, beginning with […]

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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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