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5th Grade Art Lessons

Picasso’s La Coq Pastel Project

Picasso’s La Coq Pastel Project

on May , 2015 | 2 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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Gunslingers & Outlaws Art Project

Gunslingers & Outlaws Art Project

on May , 2015 | 0 comments

I introduced this lesson way back in 2010 and it instantly became a favorite of classroom teachers. I created the lesson after experimenting with ways to teach my 6th graders how to draw hats. I had a cowboy book on my bookshelf so I pulled it out. The lesson morphed into an Old West WANTED poster and for many teachers, the opportunity to add narrative. Since I...

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The Great Wave Art Lesson Plan & Video

The Great Wave Art Lesson Plan & Video

on Apr , 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

on Apr , 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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Henri Matisse Purple Robe Mixed-Media

Henri Matisse Purple Robe Mixed-Media

on Mar , 2015 | 5 comments

Henri Matisse may be best known for his colorful cut-outs, but I love his paintings. Purple Robe with Anemones is bright, colorful, fluid and offers a high interest level for kids. There is so much to look at: the colors, patterns, textures, etchings and perspective. I created a Purple Robe with Anemones Lesson for my Modern Masters Art Project PDF a few years ago....

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Emily Carr Art Lesson Gallery from Ontario

Emily Carr Art Lesson Gallery from Ontario

on Jan , 2015 | 2 comments

Brenda, an art teacher at a private school in Ontario, Canada sent me these photographs of her third and fourth grade student’s artwork. They were inspired by my Emily Carr art lesson. Aren’t they beautiful? I don’t know if you are familiar with Carr’s work but she is one of my favorite artist, even ahead of some of the great masters. Her...

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