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Self-Portraits Inspired by Grant Wood






Grant Wood (1891-1942) was an American artist best known for his paintings of rural American life.  My students were fascinated by the story of how his father died when Grant was only ten years old, and his mother had to move her family from their home on the farm to the big city. This was a […]






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Happy 100th Day of School!






Last week our adorable Kinders celebrated the “100th Day of School”. One of their many fun activities was to draw self-portraits of themselves today and in 100 years! As you can see, the results were charming!! Even if your 100th Day of School has already passed, this is a fun project to do anytime! 1. […]






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Picasso Portraits – Kindergarten Style!






Picasso gives us many great opportunities to teach about abstract art! I like to do this lesson with my Kinders after I teach them the more “traditional” methods of drawing portraits. They really enjoy this chance to “get a little crazy” with their art! (Warning: Get ready to hear some of the FUNNIEST comments from […]






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Wild ‘n Crazy Picasso Portraits






“Picasso Portraits”, taught by Mrs. Mendence to her 2nd graders,after attending my teacher workshop, “Teach Kids Art with Markers” Nothing beats abstract art for getting kids to loosen up and just have fun with being creative! Not having to worry about making your picture look “realistic” really takes the pressure off, and for many, can […]






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Personalized Self-Portraits






Third grade self-portrait by Zachary Use the inspiration of artist Frida Kahlo to have your students add a personalized touch to their self-portraits. Frida Kahlo is known for her prolific painting career…. paintings mostly of herself! She often used symbolism in her paintings as a “window to her soul”. I like to have students add […]






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Self-Portrait Workshop – Paul Klee






Here is a sampling of self-portraits inspired by artist Paul Klee (including one in progress) from my last teacher workshop. Paul Klee (1879-1940) was a Swiss artist known for his highly individual, abstract style. His work was influenced by many different art movements, including Expressionism, Cubism and Surrealism. This project uses squares of “bleeding tissue” […]






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Teacher Workshop: Self-Portraits!






I just finished the 4th workshop in my “Teaching Teachers to Teach Art” series. This workshop focused on teaching Self-Portraits and we had a blast! We learned the basic “rules” for drawing portraits (see below) and did three self-portrait projects inspired by famous artists Paul Klee, Frida Kahlo and Amedeo Modigliani. I’ll be sharing those […]






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