How to Draw & Paint a Turkey

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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. You’ll need a 12″ x 18″ piece of sulphite paper, black oil … Read More →

Pumpkin Harvest Collage

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I don’t always see my Kinders in the first art rotation of the year but when I do, we always make some type of pumpkin project. I love this Funny Face Pumpkin for the sheer cutest factor but one of my favorites is the Starlight Pumpkin we did a couple of years ago. This year, I adapted one of my favorite first grade lessons, Autumn Collage, to meet the skill set of my Kinders. This … Read More →

Sugar Skull Line Drawings & Collage

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This is a great lesson in which to teach symmetry, line and patterns plus a dive into the South American culture. The Sugar Skull is a symbol of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a holiday in November that honors the life of a loved one who has died. Here in Santa Barbara, there are festivals that celebrate this Mexican and South American holiday where children can decorate their own sugar … Read More →

9 Pumpkin Art Projects

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Pumpkin patch season is just around the corner so it’s not to soon to start planning your annual pumpkin art project. I rarely tackle halloween projects for various reasons, but pumpkins I love. These colorful gourds are accessible to just about anybody and offer bountiful opportunities to teach drawing skills, value, line and shape. How can any art teacher pass that up? Here are a few of my own favorite lessons that I do just … Read More →

Funny Face Pumpkin Project for Kinders

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Although Jack O’Lanterns have a strong association with Halloween, it is the one “holiday” based activity that I do. Here are two lesson tutorials that I’ve created last year:  Painted Pumpkin and Value Pumpkin lesson. There’s a lot of art happening in this project: color mixing, observation drawing, painting techniques and a little creative expression. Transitional Kinders I have a Kinder group that includes a number of transitional Kinders- children who haven’t … Read More →

Leaf Paintings

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Looking for a quick Fall art project? Inspired by the amazing Laura at Painted Paper and her O’Keeffe Inspired Leaves, my Kinder classes looked at leaf shapes and discussed the common features in the leaves. We looked at the stems and the veins plus the various shapes the leaves created. In Santa Barbara, few leaves are turning yet so I didn’t have any great samples, but I brought in a … Read More →

Dia de los Muertos Art Project

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One of the most popular celebrations in Central and South America is Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. It is a special day to remember loved ones who are no longer living. The art represented in the Day of the Dead celebrations are vibrant, energetic and colorful. It’s hard not to be inspired by this special holiday. My fifth grade students created marigolds (the flower of choice … Read More →

 

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