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How to Paint without Paint

How to Paint without Paint

By on Jun 30, 2015 | 3 comments

What? Paint without paint? Yes. It can be done with a most humble product: water-soluble oil pastel. Faber-Castell makes a wonderful Gel Stick in a plastic applicator that looks a lot like Chapstick. These little beauties are really water soluble oil pastels and when applied thickly onto paper, a swipe of a wet brush turns the oil pastel into a puddle of paint....

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Watercolor Bouquet Art Project & Video Lesson

Watercolor Bouquet Art Project & Video Lesson

By on May 16, 2015 | 2 comments

Liquid watercolor paints get a good deal of use in my art room. So much in fact, that I keep watercolor-filled baby food jars at the ready in my cupboard.  When trying to decide whether to use liquid watercolors or tray watercolors, consider what your intention is for the art lesson. For this lesson I had three watercolor goals: Proper application of a wash Intense...

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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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Father’s Day Portraits Art project

Father’s Day Portraits Art project

By on May 30, 2014 | 7 comments

For the last art project for my third/fourth combo class, I asked the teacher if she had any requests. She didn’t hesitate to say that she has no idea what to do for Father’s Day. Could I create some type of art project to celebrate Father’s Day? We brainstormed for a few moments and then decided that a portrait would be fun. Drawing a grown-up...

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Watercolor Sunflower Resist Art Lesson

Watercolor Sunflower Resist Art Lesson

By on May 2, 2014 | 6 comments

I tend to revert to flowers as the subject of my art lessons near the end of the school year.  They provide an opportunity to explore a wide color palette and endless shape possibilities. For my first grade class, I read the book, Camille and the Sunflowers by Laurence Anholt and then we dove into the lesson. This is what we did: Starting with a 12″ x...

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Painted Paper Butterflies

Painted Paper Butterflies

By on May 8, 2013 | 4 comments

I love happy art lessons. The ones that engage children right from the get-go. These painted paper butterflies are a perennial favorite in my art room. My first graders make painted paper and then use the paper to create butterfly wings. I set out wing templates from my Eric Carle-Inspired Lesson Plans PDF but encourage the children to make their own wing shapes. If...

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