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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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A Safer Way to Send Artwork Home






Without a doubt, the best way to send artwork home is tucked safely inside a portfolio, or a homework folder if the art is a smaller size.  But when that’s not an option, here’s your next best bet…. simply roll the artwork (with the drawing or painting facing inward) and slip it inside a cardboard […]






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Better Bulletin Boards!






Bulletin boards are a great way to exhibit student art throughout the year, and let the world (or at least your school) see what your students have been up to. Use bulletin boards to teach a concept, tell a story, share a message, or just brighten everyone’s day! (The bulletin board above, created with oil […]






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Fight Germs… and Marker Stains, Too!






Have you ever thought about all the germs that your students share, while sharing those innocent classroom supplies like crayons, scissors and pencils?? Here’s a great tip from our Kindergarten aide “extraordinaire”, Michelle L. Keep a small spray bottle filled with household rubbing alcohol (91% works best) for tackling germs as well as permanent marker […]






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Get Ready for a New School Year!






My basic supplies for teaching “affordable” art…. most of my lessons use just these simple materials. Preparing for a new school year can be an enormous job! But like anything else, if you break it down into smaller, more manageable tasks, it’s a lot less overwhelming! Here’s what works for me…. The first step is […]






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Easy Borders – Without Measuring!






Creating a border without using a ruler Using rulers is an important skill for kids to develop, but it can add a lot of time (and sometimes frustration) to an Art lesson. Sometimes it’s best to do a separate lesson on using rulers and find ways to avoid them during Art time! In my last […]






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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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