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An Abstract “Musical Composition”!

Abstract art is a great way to teach com­po­si­tion and the Ele­ments of Art… with­out the intim­i­da­tion that can occur when striv­ing for real­ism.  Take some musi­cal sym­bols and cre­ate a ran­dom lay­out… and have fun with it!! Mate­ri­als: 12x18 black con­struc­tion paper Oil pas­tels (we used the Pen­tel 16 color set) Direc­tions: 1. Sketch your design using […]

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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: 12x18 black con­struc­tion paper Oil pas­tels (We use the Pen­tel 16 color set.) Direc­tions: 1. Set aside your black oil pastel… […]

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Van Gogh Auction Project

Even Van Gogh him­self would be proud of this copy of his “Café Ter­race” paint­ing, cre­ated by our 2nd graders to raise money at our annual school auc­tion. Each year, our school holds a fundraiser auc­tion to raise money for spe­cial pro­grams. While many valu­able items are donated to be auc­tioned off, the items that […]

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Drawing Fish with Lines and Shapes

In Kinder­garten this year, we’ve been focus­ing on draw­ing the world around us using lines and shapes. This col­or­ful fish was drawn by Gabe. For this project, we first read a story about dif­fer­ent kinds of fish, and talked about the shapes, lines, and pat­terns we saw in each one.… lots of ovals, tri­an­gles, cir­cles and […]

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Abstract Scatch Art

This project was inspired by Swiss artist Paul Klee. Paul Klee (1879–1940) was an abstract artist known for his highly indi­vid­ual style, which was influ­enced by many dif­fer­ent art move­ments, includ­ing Expres­sion­ism, Cubism and Sur­re­al­ism. Ran­dom col­ors in the back­ground appear as your design is scratched out, offer­ing a fun sur­prise whether you cre­ate a […]

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Tips for Working with Oil Pastels

Oil pas­tels just might be my favorite Art medium for kids! Both set-up and clean-up are quick and easy, and with a few spe­cific instruc­tions, every stu­dent can achieve great (if not totally charm­ing!) results. Here are a few tips to help your stu­dents find suc­cess with oil pas­tels. You will prob­a­bly find your­self repeating […]

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What Inspires You?

While it’s great to fol­low tried and true plans for a suc­cess­ful Art les­son, it can be fun to come up with a new project on your own, based on some­thing that inspires you. Where do you get inspi­ra­tion from? It’s dif­fer­ent for every­one, but any­thing that catches your eye (from the shapes and patterns […]

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