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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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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