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Fall Art

The Sketchbook Project #3: Tree Line Drawings

The Sketchbook Project #3: Tree Line Drawings

By on Nov 27, 2015 | 1 comment

The Sketchbook Project is a record of how my sixth grade students used sketchbooks during their art class to record art information and create projects. Learn how I used sketchbooks instead of individual sheets of paper to teach art & creativity. Week One: The Beginning Week Two: Creating Value Week Three: Atmospheric Perspective Today’s Project: Tree...

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Sugar Skulls & Day of the Dead Art Ideas

Sugar Skulls & Day of the Dead Art Ideas

By on Oct 5, 2015 | 3 comments

Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated on November 2nd. The holiday focuses on the gathering of family and friends to pray for and remember loved ones who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. In Mexico, Dia de Los Muertos is a National holiday. Families build private altars honoring the deceased and decorate with sugar skulls, Catrina dolls...

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Fall Leaves Print-Making Activity & Video

Fall Leaves Print-Making Activity & Video

By on Oct 1, 2015 | 26 comments

Need a beautiful, accessible project for kids? This fall stencil project is perfect. You’ll need to gather 2-4 leaves per child or about 50 leaves for a 25-student class so that each child has a couple of leaves to choose from.  Make sure the leaves are fresh, not the crispy dried ones that have already fallen. This is important as the paint must adhere to the...

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Fall Art Bundle & Watercolor Leaves Video

Fall Art Bundle & Watercolor Leaves Video

By on Sep 21, 2015 | 5 comments

  Raise your hand if Fall is your favorite time of year? Santa Barbara doesn’t experience Fall until well into November but I fake it by switching out my summer whites for long sleeves. And just because I can’t get enough of Fall and the beautiful leaves I imagine are falling in cooler parts of the country, I played around with my Faber-Castell Art...

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Fall Tree Perspective Art Project

Fall Tree Perspective Art Project

By on Sep 9, 2015 | 5 comments

Drawing perspective is not always easy. It can be confusing to draw nature on a flat piece of paper. Quite honestly, I find it the most challenging art applications mostly because I don’t quite trust the “rules”.  It’s funny how that is. Rules and art don’t exactly feel like friends. But this lesson is a fun way to get kids thinking...

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How to Draw & Paint a Turkey

How to Draw & Paint a Turkey

By on Nov 5, 2014 | 17 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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