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Jelly Fish Art project

Jelly Fish Art project

By on Jun 20, 2015 | 23 comments

One of the prettiest projects my third graders created this year happened during the very last days of school. I get rather desperate for ideas and organization towards the end of the school year so I had to scramble for a fast, two session project. I came across a jellyfish painting on my Watercolor Pinterest Board and it was love at first sight. My third graders...

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Picasso’s Le Coq Pastel Project

Picasso’s Le Coq Pastel Project

By on May 21, 2015 | 3 comments

The inventory situation in my art room has reached a critical point. I have depleted my black oil pastels, white paper and white paint. This trio is my milk, eggs and bread of the art room.  Not wanting to place an order when I have two more weeks of classes, I’m forced to go beyond what is comfortable and start using up the left-overs. My pastel drawer, which...

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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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Henri Matisse Purple Robe Mixed-Media

Henri Matisse Purple Robe Mixed-Media

By on Mar 8, 2015 | 5 comments

Henri Matisse may be best known for his colorful cut-outs, but I love his paintings. Purple Robe with Anemones is bright, colorful, fluid and offers a high interest level for kids. There is so much to look at: the colors, patterns, textures, etchings and perspective. I created a Purple Robe with Anemones Lesson for my Modern Masters Art Project PDF a few years ago....

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Chengdu: Panda Bear Art Project

Chengdu: Panda Bear Art Project

By on Jun 10, 2014 | 9 comments

I received this book in the mail a few months ago and as soon as I opened up the package and saw sleepy Chengdu, I knew my first graders would love him. Chengdu Could Not, Would Not, Fall Asleep by Barney Saltzberg tells the story of how little Chengdu couldn’t fall asleep no matter how hard he tried. The illustrations are simple and created with a limited...

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Fruit Study Art Lesson

Fruit Study Art Lesson

By on Oct 28, 2013 | 9 comments

Need a lesson where each component takes less than 15 minutes? Consider adding a mixed-media still life study to your art curriculum. I opt to teach this still-life study to older children (grades 4-6 or ages 10-12) as part of our fine arts unit and instead of only using one medium, I mix it up and allow children to create as many as four still-life studies with 4...

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