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“Petunia” Painting Project for Kids

“Petunia” Painting Project for Kids

By on Jan 26, 2016 | 5 comments

Incorporating literature into art projects remains my favorite type of lesson.  Last year, I introduced Petunia to my third grade students. Using a painting technique that I call smoothing, my students sketched a goose with pencil then  painted with happy colors, just like the book. Don’t have the book? You can download this delightful video found on YouTube:...

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How to Paint without Paint

How to Paint without Paint

By on Jun 30, 2015 | 3 comments

What? Paint without paint? Yes. It can be done with a most humble product: water-soluble oil pastel. Faber-Castell makes a wonderful Gel Stick in a plastic applicator that looks a lot like Chapstick. These little beauties are really water soluble oil pastels and when applied thickly onto paper, a swipe of a wet brush turns the oil pastel into a puddle of paint....

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Colorful Painted Owl Art Project

Colorful Painted Owl Art Project

By on Mar 18, 2015 | 3 comments

I’ve been playing around with this lesson for a while now. I created this free owl drawing guide and have been taking advantage of it. My third graders used the handout to create a marker and watercolor painting but for my Kinders, I wanted to keep the choices to a minimum. I decided to use yellow chalk to draw the owl (keep on reading to learn why this...

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Winter Art Projects for Grades K-2

Winter Art Projects for Grades K-2

By on Jan 13, 2015 | 4 comments

Winter in our Southern California school last a few short weeks and it’s no coincidence that these weeks fall just before the Christmas break. This is the time we talk about snow–and ask kids to raise their hands if they’ve ever seen it for real. This is the time we bring out the snowmen lessons and maybe a few holiday-themed activities. And better...

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Chicken Little & Henny Penny Art Project

Chicken Little & Henny Penny Art Project

By on Jan 5, 2015 | 4 comments

Chicken Little is a folk tale about a chicken who believes the world is coming to an end. Those who study tales in school may have already found ways to incorporate this character into the art room but if you haven’t, here is my version… After reading Ed and Rebecca Emberley’s version, the children identified the various colors and shapes in the...

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How to Draw & Paint a Turkey

How to Draw & Paint a Turkey

By on Nov 5, 2014 | 17 comments

Need a quick and easy 40-minute art lesson for your Kinders or first grade class? For the last day of my Fall rotation, Kinders created these adorable thanksgiving turkeys. I hadn’t done a guided drawing lesson with this group yet, but since they have all settled down and have become quite good listeners, I figured a directed line drawing lesson was due....

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