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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 | 1 comment

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 | 10 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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Paper Owl Art Project

Paper Owl Art Project

By on Aug 29, 2013 | 4 comments

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...

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