Snowman Collage Project

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This happy snowman teaches color theory, collage techniques, and perspective in about two, 45-minutes art classes. I did this project with two first grade classes and varied the sequence or steps to see which method is the most effective.  Whenever you have a multi-step project, it helps to figure out the best sequence or you’ll end up creating a lot of confusion. The following instructions outlines what I think is … Read More →

Snow Angel Art Lesson

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When I come across an art lesson that checks off as many boxes as this one, I can’t wait to share it with you. Part literature, part math, part art and all fun, this is a lesson you can do with many age levels. I created this lesson based on the book A Perfect Day by Carin Berger. Her artwork has lovely layers of printed pages, soft washes and vintage textiles and … Read More →

Here, Near & Far Winter Trees

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Atmospheric perspective is a big word for kinder and first grade students but in this lesson they get to play with color value and distance to achieve it. To set a tranquil mood and frosty atmosphere, I read the book Once Upon a Northern Night by Jean E. Pendziwol. You can read my review of this book here. After I read the book, I showed the children a landscape painting that … Read More →

Once Upon a Northern Night

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During my annual summer pilgrimage to Canada, I spent an afternoon sourcing local bookstores for picture books by Canadian authors and illustrators. I happily discovered Jean Pendziwol’s Once Upon a Northern Night,  illustrated by another Canadian, Isabelle Arsenault. This beautiful book with it’s sleepy vibe is perfect to transition little Kinders from recess to art class. Always on the lookout for books with a winter (but not holiday) theme, Once Upon … Read More →