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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 […]

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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 in Capitola.  I’ll be […]

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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 […]

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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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