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<p>Valentine’s Day and Dr. Suess art lessons</p>

Happy Birthday, Winslow Homer!

Happy Birthday, Winslow Homer!

By on Feb 16, 2015 | 0 comments

About Winslow Homer Winslow Homer was born in Boston, Massachusetts on February 24, 1836. His mother was a watercolor artist and taught Homer how to draw and paint. When Homer was old enough, he moved to New York City to make illustrations for a magazine. When the Civil War broke out, Homer was sent to the battlefields to draw what he saw. Homer liked to show the...

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How to Make a Paper Lantern

How to Make a Paper Lantern

By on Feb 11, 2015 | 3 comments

I was curious how to make paper lanterns for a while now. I’ve seen some pretty cute ones on Pinterest but was having a hard time sourcing directions that would tell me exactly how to make them. After a few tries, I managed to figure out the trick…. First of all, you can make elaborate lanterns with decorative inners (the cylinder on the inside) and...

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Picasso’s Rose-Period Woven Hearts

Picasso’s Rose-Period Woven Hearts

By on Jan 29, 2015 | 3 comments

My students focus on a weaving project in second grade and by the time the unit rolls around, it’s usually very close to Valentine’s Day. We were studying Picasso and so it made sense to talk about his Rose and Blue Period. Placing both blue paint hues and red paint hues on the tables, my students create one piece of painted paper each. You might be...

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Valentine’s Day Art Projects and Resource Round-up

Valentine’s Day Art Projects and Resource Round-up

By on Jan 25, 2015 | 2 comments

Need a quick lesson idea for Valentine’s Day? I’ve been pinning like crazy to my Valentine Pinterest Board because I absolutely love Valentine’s Day art projects. All those red tints! It’s also an opportunity to get creative and try something new. I love sourcing new ideas but I find I’m always drawn to the projects that combine art...

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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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Chinese Dragon Painting

Chinese Dragon Painting

By on Jan 23, 2014 | 0 comments

I love Chinese Dragons and so do my students. Every kid from 3rd grade all the way up to 6th grade enjoys drawing this mythical figure. Some kids keep it real simple while others spend hours on the details. This lesson plan will offer you the full lesson technique for 4th grade and then explain how to scale the lesson down to 3rd and up to 5th and 6th. There are...

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