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Chinese Dragon Painting

Chinese Dragon Painting

By on Jan 23, 2014 | 0 comments

I love Chinese Dragons and so do my students. Every kid from 3rd grade all the way up to 6th grade enjoys drawing this mythical figure. Some kids keep it real simple while others spend hours on the details. This lesson plan will offer you the full lesson technique for 4th grade and then explain how to scale the lesson down to 3rd and up to 5th and 6th. There are...

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Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli Art Project

Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli Art Project

By on Nov 29, 2011 | 41 comments

Barbara Jean Hicks is a beloved children’s book author from Port Hueneme, California. If you visit Barbara’s website, you’ll discover that she is not only a writer, but a lover of cats! I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Barbara recently and as a tribute to her adorable book Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli my first graders created some...

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Painted Dinosaur Art Project

Painted Dinosaur Art Project

By on May 15, 2011 | 2 comments

Drawing a dinosaur takes center stage in this art lesson. Students sit up and listen as all are eager to learn how to draw their favorite subject. After the drawing, students use brightly colored tempera paints to complete their artwork. Art Lesson Set Up You won’t need any fancy supplies here, just some paper, oil pastels and tempera paint. Lately, I’ve...

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Rompin’ Dinos!

Rompin’ Dinos!

By on Mar 7, 2011 | 5 comments

This is a lesson I did last year with my third grade students. It’s featured in my PDF Art Booklet “Art & Literature”. My second grade students are studying dinosaurs right now and even though I created a new dino lesson for them (featured later this week), I wanted to show you these cute little dancing numbers. Drawing Handouts and full lesson...

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Dragon Drawing

Dragon Drawing

By on Jun 8, 2010 | 9 comments

Dragons are usually a big hit with my little ones and with good reason. They can be embellished to suit the artist’s mood and ideas. Supplies are simple: white paper, pencil, eraser, black marker and coloring tools (I used Crayola Markers but you could use watercolor paint or even crayons). I displayed a few dragon pictures on my whiteboard and passed around a...

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Dazzling Dinosaurs Art Project

Dazzling Dinosaurs Art Project

By on Mar 22, 2010 | 17 comments

My first grade students absolutely love this lesson. For an art teacher, pulling out chalk pastel is always a bit dicey. You just never know if they’ll get more chalk on their hands than on the art work. I always throw caution to the wind and let ’em at it. To me, there is nothing more adorable than watching chubby little fingers wade through a cloud of...

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