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Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos Projects

Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muer­tos) is right around the cor­ner!  Don’t miss the oppor­tu­nity to share this impor­tant cul­tural tra­di­tion with your stu­dents.  Often mis­un­der­stood, this pop­u­lar Mex­i­can hol­i­day hon­or­s ances­tors and loved ones who have died, and is cel­e­brated each year on Novem­ber 1st & 2nd. This family-centered hol­i­day cel­e­brates the cycle of […]

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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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Christmas Cards for Veterans

4th grade “JOY” by Jacob For our school-wide Thanks­giv­ing project, we decided to show our thanks to some very spe­cial peo­ple…  My K through 7th grade stu­dents have been busy mak­ing Christ­mas cards for Vet­er­ans, to spread some Christ­mas cheer and let these men and women know they are loved and appre­ci­ated!  The hun­dreds of cards […]

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Day of the Dead Prints” inspired by Jose Posada

We had a blast at my Teach Kids Art: “Day of the Dead” work­shop yes­ter­day!  I added a new project this year, “Day of the Dead Prints” — inspired by Jose Posada.  Jose Posada (1852–1913) was a pro­lific Mex­i­can folk artist and polit­i­cal satirist from Aguas­cal­lientes in cen­tral Mex­ico.  Posada began learn­ing lith­o­g­ra­phy (a form of print­mak­ing using a […]

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Teacher Workshop: “Day of the Dead” Projects

The pop­u­lar Mex­i­can hol­i­day, “Day of the Dead” is just around the cor­ner!  If you live on the Cal­i­for­nia Cen­tral Coast, don’t miss your chance to get some great project ideas at my teacher work­shop, “Teach Kids Art: ‘Day of the Dead’ Projects”.… this week­end only - Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 24th, 2011 from 9am-noon at Palace Art & Office Sup­ply in […]

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Memorial Day Flag Designs

Here’s a great les­son for Memo­r­ial Day… I did this with my 1st graders, but any age could have fun with it.  Easy to prep, no clean up, every­one was suc­cess­ful, and the kids LOVED it… you can’t beat that! Mate­ri­als: 9x12 white paper Black “F” Sharpie Red and blue mark­ers Direc­tions:1. Dis­cuss the Amer­i­can flag and […]

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Hand-Made Envelopes

Kids love to make hand-made greet­ing cards for hol­i­days, but most of these cards don’t fit into con­ven­tional envelopes. Here is an easy way to make your own envelopes, and even add a liner to make them extra-special! To Make an Enve­lope: 1. Lay your card diag­o­nally on a square of paper that is a […]

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