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Foil Turtle and Fish Collage

Foil Turtle and Fish Collage

By on Sep 11, 2014 | 17 comments

This lesson was inspired by a lesson in The Usborne Book of Art Projects. It was a huge hit with my third grade class. The lesson in the book focused on fish but I thought a sea turtle would look lovely swimming in the glittery waters. Creating the Background There are a couple of ways to make the water background for the sea turtle and fish. One method is to use...

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Watercolor & Paper Bouquets

Watercolor & Paper Bouquets

By on Jan 30, 2014 | 8 comments

Here is a simple art lesson that combines a watercolor and oil pastel resist with creating shapes with paper and scissors. We created these bouquets in January so colors veered towards that lovely February holiday. The students used regular sulphite paper instead of watercolor paper since there was very little blending or advanced watercolor skills involved in the...

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Shape Robot Art Project

Shape Robot Art Project

By on Aug 19, 2013 | 6 comments

An excellent back-to-school project for Kinders, these Shape Robots offer a look into how well a child can cut and paste, identify shapes and apply a little whimsy to their artwork. What You’ll Need… Colored Paper Scraps cut into 4″ x 6″ pieces 12″ x 18″ black sulphite (or any other color) background paper White school glue Black...

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Cardboard Fish and Owl Art Project

Cardboard Fish and Owl Art Project

By on Oct 19, 2011 | 11 comments

If you have some extra corrugated cardboard and a few bored kids, try creating these abstract fish and owls. I won’t lie. It took a while to cut out 65 fish and owl shapes plus the notches and mouth openings, but my Kinder students loved creating this cute project. Very hands-on, creative and fun. Kinder Fish and Owls!...

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Art Projects Inspired by Earth Day

Art Projects Inspired by Earth Day

By on Apr 21, 2011 | 4 comments

I’ve been known to dig through the lunch bins rescuing styrofoam trays for printing projects. I save newspapers for delicate ceramic projects and concentrated juice can tops for robot heads. Is it enough? No way. Sometimes I start to collect things then abandon the idea when I can’t come up with an art project or the pile threatens my limited storage....

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Make your own Snowglobe

Make your own Snowglobe

By on Dec 10, 2010 | 20 comments

I’m not usually a fan of crafts but this little number had me at the first shake. For my daughter’s annual Winterfest, we set up a table and allowed children to make their own snowglobes. I bought some jars online to get just the right ones. If you have mason jars at home, they’re fine, but the patterns on the bottle make it hard to see the...

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