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Blossoming “Popcorn Trees”






Spring has sprung, and to celebrate, our Kinders painted trees blossoming with flowers made of popcorn!  This lesson reinforces the color mixing skills we’ve been working on all year, as well as teaches a basic technique for drawing/painting trees.  Adding popcorn also gives the opportunity to talk about the concept of “mixed media”.  And who […]






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Oil Pastel Fish – Kindergarten Style!






  Oil pastels, with their rich colors and expressive line quality, are one of my favorite mediums to use with kids. And the key to getting the best results with any oil pastel lesson is LAYERING! Materials: 12×18 black construction paper Oil pastels (We use the Pentel 16 color set.) Directions: 1. Set aside your black […]






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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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Easy Mondrian






Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian (1872-1944), was one of the most important artists of the 20th century. His abstract designs had a huge influence on the graphic design, architecture, and interior design of his day. He was best known for his stylized, geometric designs of black and white grids filled with bright, primary colors. Students are […]






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Cityscapes with Tints and Shades






Our Kinders are becoming experts at color mixing! This time we added white to make tints and black to make shades as we created these sweet “candy-colored” cities! Materials:9×12 white heavyweight construction paperpencilTempera paint – red, yellow, turquoise, white and blackPaper plates for palettesbrushes and water Vocabulary:Tint – any color plus whiteShade – any color […]






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Happy 100th Day of School!






Last week our adorable Kinders celebrated the “100th Day of School”. One of their many fun activities was to draw self-portraits of themselves today and in 100 years! As you can see, the results were charming!! Even if your 100th Day of School has already passed, this is a fun project to do anytime! 1. […]






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Snowflake Crayon Resist






This fun lesson was inspired by a project I saw on Art Projects for Kids… “Watercolor Resist Snowflakes”. I changed it up just a little for my Kindergarten classes and they had a blast doing this! First we talked a bit about snowflakes and then I showed them some amazing photographs of real snowflakes (taken […]






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