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Collage 2 w/Positive and Negative Shapes

Basic Collage with Positive and Negative Shapes

I do this project with my first graders every year to help them under­stand the con­cept of pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive shapes.  This project also teaches sym­me­try and offers impor­tant prac­tice in cut­ting on a fold and apply­ing glue.  First graders are often sur­prised by the shapes they see when they unfold their papers — they […]

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Crazy Crowns

Our first graders became roy­alty today with these “Crazy Crowns”, in honor of the Queens’ “Dia­mond Jubilee” .… the 60th Anniver­sary of the reign of Queen Eliz­a­beth II. Mate­ri­als: pic­tures (I searched Google images) of the Queen and her crown 3“x24” white con­struc­tion paper mark­ers  1“x18” strips of red, yel­low, blue and pur­ple con­struc­tion paper, 2 per color  YES! Paste (I put a small […]

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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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Mexican Paper Marigolds for “Day of the Dead”

Day of the Dead” is a tra­di­tional Mex­i­can hol­i­day for hon­or­ing ances­tors and loved ones who have died, and is cel­e­brated each year on Novem­ber 1st & 2nd. This fes­tive, family-centered hol­i­day cel­e­brates the cycle of life and high­lights the Mex­i­can peo­ples’ gen­eral accep­tance, rather than fear, of death. Col­or­ful marigolds are a reg­u­lar feature […]

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Mosaic projects can be adapted for all ages. Just fol­low these direc­tions and use larger tiles and a smaller back­ing board if work­ing with young chil­dren.… or any­one with a shorter atten­tion span! His­tor­i­cal exam­ples of mosaic art have been found in Roman ruins through­out Europe and around the Mediter­ranean. Tra­di­tional mosaics were made from tiny […]

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Paper Sculpture Inspired by Alexander Calder

This won­der­ful sculp­ture was cre­ated at my last Teacher Work­shop.… I don’t know who to give credit to, so if this is yours, please let me know!Alexan­der Calder (1898–1976) was an Amer­i­can artist who was born into a fam­ily of artists and sculp­tors and became one of the 20th century’s most influ­en­tial mod­ern artists. He […]

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Paper Magic

It’s amaz­ing how many ways you can turn kids on to MATH using ART!!! In my teacher work­shop, “Teach Kids Math with Art”, we expe­ri­enced lots of ways to do just that! This project makes a great intro­duc­tion to the study of topol­ogy. Topol­ogy is a type of geom­e­try con­cerned with space, dimen­sion and transformation. […]

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