9 Pumpkin Art Projects

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Pumpkin patch season is just around the corner so it’s not to soon to start planning your annual pumpkin art project. I rarely tackle halloween projects for various reasons, but pumpkins I love. These colorful gourds are accessible to just about anybody and offer bountiful opportunities to teach drawing skills, value, line and shape. How can any art teacher pass that up? Here are a few of my own favorite lessons that I do just … Read More →

Maud Lewis Folk Art Projects

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Maud Lewis is a Canadian Folk artist who hails from my neck of the woods, Nova Scotia. Her childlike landscapes depicting life in the maritime provinces are loved all across Canada. I love introducing not only Lewis but Nova Scotia to my So Cal students who are always impressed when they hear her story of  hardship. I’ve been doing Maud Lewis art lessons for years. I love teaching the basic techniques … Read More →

Cat at Night Art Project

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The Cat at Night by Dahlov Ipcar is a perfect read for the art room; beautiful illustrations, easy text and a great example of silhouettes. I spent an afternoon coming up with a few lessons and some were quite interesting (painted houses and silhouette backgrounds) but because I wanted to use the art lessons for my first graders, the lessons needed to be simple. And I knew most first graders loved cats! … Read More →

Foil Turtle and Fish Collage

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This lesson was inspired by a lesson in The Usborne Book of Art Projects. It was a huge hit with my third grade class. The lesson in the book focused on fish but I thought a sea turtle would look lovely swimming in the glittery waters. Creating the Background There are a couple of ways to make the water background for the sea turtle and fish. One method is to use … Read More →