My Adventures with Paper Mache

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If there were a prize for the best art genre for kids, I’m pretty sure Paper Mache would get the votes. It’s a quintessential art project and most everybody remembers getting sticky with newspaper and paste at some point in their elementary art career. There is a good reason why it’s been a popular medium for decades: it’s cheap, teaches creative thinking and fosters imagination. But, there can be drawbacks… … Read More →

Paper Owl Art Project

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Wow your students and start the art year off with a painted paper art project. There is simply nothing more engaging to students than experimenting with paint. So grab your tempera paints and paint brushes and have some fun! How to make the painted paper: Sheets of 12″ x 18″ white sulphite paper (70 lbs) Liquid tempera paints Brushes, sponges, texture tools, plastic forks, etc. Then, watch this video for … Read More →

Watercolor & Pastel Resist Art Lessons

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I recently introduced my Kinders to the magic of watercolor and oil pastel resist. I love hearing the squeals of delight after seeing white oil pastel appear through a wash of color. These are the simple joys of teaching art. As with most watercolor projects, a good drawing lays the foundation for a successful project. Three directed line drawing instruction are included in the lesson plan. If you aren’t sure … Read More →

Arlo Needs Glasses Art Lesson

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Arlo Needs Glasses  by Barney Saltzberg is about as cute as you can get when it comes to interactive picture books. My group of Kinders LOVED this book. We read the book before we created our own Arlo dogs. Because the book is interactive, it is difficult to expect the children to stay seated. They want to wear the glasses, pull the strings, throw the ball and peer into the … Read More →

Paper Owl Art Project

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This colorful owl is a great lesson for those times when you need a quiet art activity. Tearing and gluing small bits of paper may seem like a potentially frustrating activity for a 7 year old, but every time I do this lesson, I’m always surprised with the deliberate nature in which the children apply their “feathers”. I used the same drawing ideas from my lesson Torn Paper Owls. I showed … Read More →

Painted Paper Tropical Birds

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 Even though by the end of the year my art room is  overflowing with painted paper scraps, I couldn’t resist using up my stashes of mixed paints to create this colorful assemblage of painted paper birds. My first graders created these birds in two, 40-minute sessions. A bit of a race I must say, but we created 2 pieces of painted paper (background plus bird) each on day one, and … Read More →

Ceramic Elephant Art Lesson

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These baby elephants are adorable. My third grade kids created them in the very same manner as the ceramic pigs, but instead of little ears and a snout, the children created big flapping ears and a trunk. In order to be successful with the hollow form method of making an animal, the children must have some knowledge of working with clay and be able to create two pinch pots without … Read More →