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Gustav Klimt: Master of Metallics

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Famous Artists, Grade-4, Grade-5, Grade-6, Video Art Tips & Lessons | 2 comments

Gustav Klimt: Master of Metallics

Introducing Gustav Klimt to your students is really like opening up a pot of gold. There are so many interesting facets to his art and his life. One of the most impactful pieces to his story is how many of his works were destroyed by the Germans during WWII. Medicine, painted in 1900-1907 was destroyed along with a few others. I recently picked up a book that features beautiful Klimt-inspired illustrations. If you are doing a lesson on Klimt and in particular, his Tree of Life, I encourage you to find a copy of this book. Perfect for grade 3 and...

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Mola-Inspired Holiday Stockings

Posted by on Dec 4, 2016 in 4th Grade Art Lessons, 5th Grade Art Lessons, 6th Grade Art Lessons, Christmas, Culture Based | 0 comments

Mola-Inspired Holiday Stockings

Part culture, part color theory and all fun, this Mola-inspired Holiday Stocking will keep the kids busy drawing, cutting and composing their own colorful stockings. ABOUT MOLAS Molas are cloth panels that form part of a blouse for the Kuna women of Panama. They use a quilting technique called reverse appliqué to create the designs in the fabric. Because I used to be (and hope to be again!) a quilter, I know all about reverse appliqué. It’s pretty fun to do but darn hard to explain to kids. After a few attempts I decided that it’s just best to say...

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Beyond Lesson Plans – Modern Ways to Connect & Collaborate in Your Art Room – Art Made Easy 035

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Curriculum Planning, Podcasts, Teaching Philosophies | 0 comments

Beyond Lesson Plans – Modern Ways to Connect & Collaborate in Your Art Room – Art Made Easy 035

Are you looking for ways to spruce up your art program? Move beyond traditional lesson plans with artist trading cards, a flipped classroom and QR codes. Nic Hahn, author of the popular blog, Mini Matisse, shares how she transitioned to a choice-based art room, how she uses videos to flip her classroom plus she shares the art projects that have been the most successful with her students.   IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN: How working with different age groups gives you added perspective as a blogger How Artist Trading Cards help the learning process for students How her focus...

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How to Handle the Holiday Crush – Art Made Easy 034

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Podcasts, Winter Art | 0 comments

How to Handle the Holiday Crush – Art Made Easy 034

The holidays don’t need to be a time for stressful schedules and hectic classes. Make this season your best ever by determining what your holiday intentions are, how to navigate your school’s holiday celebration parameters and what projects to do with your students that will deliver smiles for all. In this episode, Patty addresses the big issues art teachers face every December: What should you do when your school doesn’t celebrate the Holidays? How to handle children who can’t participate in anything remotely seasonal. How to set your intentions so you can enjoy the season and bring focus to...

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