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Famous Artists

Happy Birthday Alexander Calder!

Happy Birthday Alexander Calder!

By on Jul 22, 2015 | 0 comments

  Happy Birthday, Alexander Calder! I share a birthday month with some of my favorite artists: Frida Khalo July 6th, Marc Chagall July 7th, Amedeo Modigliani July 12th, Gustav Klimt July 14th, Edgar Degas July 19th and Alexander Calder July 22nd. It’s a great month, don’t you think? Alexander Calder’s life was spent tinkering, creating and...

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Picasso’s La Coq Pastel Project

Picasso’s La Coq Pastel Project

By on May 21, 2015 | 3 comments

The inventory situation in my art room has reached a critical point. I have depleted my black oil pastels, white paper and white paint. This trio is my milk, eggs and bread of the art room.  Not wanting to place an order when I have two more weeks of classes, I’m forced to go beyond what is comfortable and start using up the left-overs. My pastel drawer, which...

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The Great Wave Art Lesson Plan & Video

The Great Wave Art Lesson Plan & Video

By on Apr 12, 2015 | 5 comments

Inspired by the book The Great Wave: A Children’s Book Inspired by Hokusai by Véronique Massenot and Bruno Pilorget and the painting The Great Wave off Kanazawa by Katsushika Hokusai, my fourth grade kids created the most beautiful paintings. I was hesitant to create an art lesson inspired by Hokusai’s The Great Wave. As a girl who loves Matisse and Van...

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Springtime with the Masters Art Lesson Packet

Springtime with the Masters Art Lesson Packet

By on Apr 6, 2015 | 2 comments

According to my 2015 Readers Survey, many of you need simple, easy lessons that involve little to no prep. Here’s what you said…  Please include more lessons that don’t use paint  More lessons based on the art of famous artists. The ones that you have created so far are some of my favorites. I would love more. Your blog is my favorite resource....

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Paint Like Pollock: Art Project for Grades K-2

Paint Like Pollock: Art Project for Grades K-2

By on Apr 3, 2015 | 4 comments

As much as I love creating a big mess with paint, I wasn’t inspired to create a Jackson Pollock art project until I saw this post. I knew the technique of dipping yarn into tubs of paint would be a huge hit with my first graders. And it was. Plus, I could finally read Action Jackson! If you don’t have this book, it’s a must-read about...

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Happy Birthday, George Rodrigue!

Happy Birthday, George Rodrigue!

By on Mar 13, 2015 | 0 comments

A Little History… George Rodrigue was born on March 13, 1944 in Louisiana. While bed ridden with Polio in the third grade, George began painting. This is interesting as this is how Matisse began his love of art. In the 1990’s, George became famous for his Blue Dog Paintings. Blue Dog was the result of illustrating a book of Cajun ghost stories. While...

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