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Lincoln Portraits Art Project

Lincoln Portraits Art Project

By on Apr 26, 2015 | 0 comments

If you are looking for a great story to read to your students, Abe Lincoln’s Dream by Lane Smith combines corny jokes, American history and great illustrations. The story alludes to the Lincoln’s bedroom ghost story and comes from the POV of a young girl taking a tour of the white house. She discovers Lincoln’s ghost and she assures him that the...

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Santa Barbara Mission Paintings

Santa Barbara Mission Paintings

By on Jan 16, 2014 | 3 comments

The Santa Barbara Mission is perched on top of a gentle hill over looking the city and the distant ocean. An extensive rose garden offers the visitor a place to picnic, play and enjoy the Spanish architecture of the mission. This is my city. The weather is glorious and I imagine the Spanish Franciscans who founded the mission in 1786 thought so, too. Three adobe...

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America the Beautiful Ceramic Tile Mural

America the Beautiful Ceramic Tile Mural

By on Jun 3, 2013 | 9 comments

Another year has passed and with it another ceramic tile mural graces our school’s inner courtyard. I can’t think of a better way for our graduating students to celebrate their years at elementary school than by creating their own personal art legacy. I have documented the process of creating these beautiful murals in my Ceramic Mural Project Booklet. I...

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America the Beautiful Mural…the beginning

America the Beautiful Mural…the beginning

By on Apr 26, 2013 | 8 comments

I’m in the planning stage of this year’s ceramic tile mural. A few weeks ago, a few 6th graders suggested that the mural theme have something to do with the United States. I was thinking that we might do a mural on Ancient Aztecs but after researching images, I decided that there wasn’t enough variety to sustain a mural. So I put some thought into...

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Arts & Activities Magazine

Arts & Activities Magazine

By on Apr 25, 2013 | 3 comments

A lovely surprise yesterday…one of my favorite lessons in my favorite art magazine. Arts and Activities sent me some copies of their 80th Anniversary issue. I have used and been inspired by many art lessons from this publication and had to think which one was my favorite. In the end, I loved Lady Liberty as it opened up so many teaching possibilities. What has...

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America’s Southwest Landscapes

America’s Southwest Landscapes

By on Mar 22, 2013 | 5 comments

Bryce Canyon and Arches National Park in Utah offers the most humbling panoramas. Majestic rock formations, iron-rich colors and endless blue skies are an artist’s dream. These landscapes in my newest PDF offers the student artist a glimpse into the magic of Utah. In this 15-page lesson plan, students learn how to draw a landscape focusing on perspective and...

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