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African Masks with Scratch Art Paper

Scratch Art paper is avail­able with either a white, col­ored, or foil back­ground, which is revealed when the black top coat­ing is scratched away with a wooden stick.  While this tech­nique is sim­ple enough for Kinders to do, the most strik­ing results are achieved by upper grade stu­dents who have the patience to make more […]

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African Kente Cloth Weaving

Kente cloth orig­i­nated in Ghana as the fab­ric of roy­alty, but has become a col­or­ful sym­bol of African cul­ture, now loved and worn by many.  Stu­dents in grades K and 1 will enjoy cre­at­ing their own paper ver­sion of this col­or­ful cloth! Mate­ri­als: 6“x12” black con­struc­tion paper 1“x6” strips of red, blue, yel­low and green con­struc­tion paper (3 […]

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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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Kids Express Themselves with Art

These are just a few of the amaz­ing paint­ings done by chil­dren in the tent cities of Haiti, on the anniver­sary of the earth­quake. Some­times I get so caught up in the aca­d­e­mics and “mechan­ics” of teach­ing art (the ele­ments, prin­ci­ples, and “how to’s”) that I for­get the impor­tance of art as a means of […]

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Haitian-Inspired Foil Cross

This project was inspired by the metal art of Haiti, and makes a great project for Easter… or any­time!  I’ll be doing this with chil­dren in a cou­ple of orphan­ages in Haiti next week.  I’ll try to post some pic­tures when I get back! “Foamies” and 3M foil tape are the secret ingre­di­ents for this project!  […]

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Chinese Brush Painting

Chi­nese Brush Paint­ing dates back to 4000 BC, with tech­niques being handed down from mas­ter to stu­dent. In con­trast to what most of us are taught about art today, copy­ing and per­fec­tion of tech­nique was more impor­tant and more highly val­ued than self-expression. Chi­nese Brush Paint­ing uses sim­ple strokes of a paint brush to capture […]

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