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Fall Art

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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Pumpkin Harvest Collage

Pumpkin Harvest Collage

By on Oct 16, 2014 | 1 comment

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...

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Sugar Skull Line Drawings & Collage

Sugar Skull Line Drawings & Collage

By on Oct 13, 2014 | 9 comments

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...

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9 Pumpkin Art Projects

9 Pumpkin Art Projects

By on Sep 24, 2014 | 4 comments

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...

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Funny Face Pumpkin Project for Kinders

Funny Face Pumpkin Project for Kinders

By on Oct 16, 2013 | 13 comments

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...

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Leaf Paintings

Leaf Paintings

By on Oct 10, 2013 | 9 comments

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...

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