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Romare Bearden Collage

Romare Bearden Collage

By on Jan 28, 2013 | 9 comments

Part of my grade 5 art curriculum is to introduce a collage art lesson. The concept of collage seems easy; placing and arranging layers of paper, paint and subjects on a piece of paper, but in truth, it is a hard concept to grasp. For children, the inherit action to place objects around the perimeter of the paper is still strong in fifth grade. Have you noticed...

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Ancient Greece Mural Project

Ancient Greece Mural Project

By on Jun 7, 2012 | 12 comments

Capping off the 6th grade promotion festivities was the reveal of the annual 6th grade mural. This year we chose to do Ancient Greece, with many student’s incorporating mythological creatures into their tile creations. We used terra cotta clay to create our tiles. To save time and to take advantage of the sgraffito technique, we painted our underglaze directly...

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Patterned Matryoshka Dolls

Patterned Matryoshka Dolls

By on Dec 12, 2011 | 8 comments

Matryoshka dolls are wooden nesting dolls originating from Russia. They are handcrafted by folk artists and often feature a woman wearing a traditional Russian dress and scarf. Many dolls seen today can carry many themes ranging from political leaders to cartoon characters. For my second grade students, these nesting dolls are the perfect vehicle for a lesson in...

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Paper Cut Molas

Paper Cut Molas

By on Jul 19, 2011 | 7 comments

I’ve posted about Paper Molas before and because it’s such a fab project, I will post again. Recently I was at a friends home and noticed some newly framed artwork on her walls. They were authentic molas from Panama and Colombia. Molas are cloth panels that form part of a blouse for the Kuna women. They use a quilting technique called reverse appliqué....

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American Indian Art Lesson Plans

American Indian Art Lesson Plans

By on Jul 4, 2011 | 1 comment

Learning how art impacts every culture and civilization in the world is an important part of any art curriculum. I remember learning about Canada’s native population in second grade. Making igloos from marshmallows and creating my own “Eskimo” paper doll remains my most vivid childhood art experience. The art hasn’t changed much, but the verbiage has. The National...

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Mexican Unit: Chalk Adobe

Mexican Unit: Chalk Adobe

By on Feb 25, 2011 | 21 comments

Want a quick, easy project where every student is successful? This is it! The best part about teaching art is seeing how my students respond to a new lesson. I’m not a scientist, but boy, it sure is interesting to see if my expectations line up with reality. This lesson exceeded it. Continuing with my Mexican unit, fifth graders drew adobes with colored chalk...

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