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Abstract Moose Winter Art Project

Abstract Moose Winter Art Project

By on Jan 11, 2016 | 3 comments

During my visit to Alaska in 2014, I scoured books stores and art galleries looking for an artist who captured the spirit of Alaska and whose art could be translated to children. Dawn Gerety’s work fit the bill. I love her paintings: colorful, pattern-filled and whimsical, her collection of art went beyond the galleries to books for kids. When I got home, I crafted this project for older students. It is rich with the elements of art, captures the graphic beauty of the mighty moose and is easy enough for even the most art-timid child to be successful. The project uses watercolor paints and watercolor paper along with salt to achieve the fabulous texture, but if you don’t have all three ingredients, I offer great substitutions....

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Winter Skaters Art Project

Winter Skaters Art Project

By on Dec 18, 2015 | 2 comments

Last year I came across the most beautiful winter art scene from this artist’s gallery . It reminded me of my childhood growing up on a horse farm in Eastern Canada. During the month of February, snow would often melt then quickly refreeze. In the hollow of one of our grazing fields, a large rink would form. My sister and I would pull on our skates and stay outside until dinnertime. Using extension cords, we hooked up flood lights to allow our skating to resume long after the winter sun set. What fun we had in our own winter wonderland. This painting reminds me of that joy. Art is meant to be an emotional experience, not just a learning experience. The technical sides of any art project is always there but it’s important to make connections to our own lives. This is a story-telling project where young artists can create their own stories inside their artwork. I hope you try this lesson yourself and get lost in your own imagination....

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Over & Under Winter Habitat Art Project

Over & Under Winter Habitat Art Project

By on Dec 8, 2015 | 3 comments

Over and Under the Snow is a book that uncovers the “secret kingdom under the snow.” Children are offered a glimpse of where animals go during the winter months and what their homes look like. The artwork is beautiful–ethereal, soft and filled with atmospheric perspective. This was one of the prettiest winter art projects I have ever done. It’s a great project to integrate with science and literature and learn atmospheric perspective, mixing paint colors, texture and how to draw winter...

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Sleigh Bell Holiday Art project

Sleigh Bell Holiday Art project

By on Dec 1, 2015 | 16 comments

Create a pretty holiday-themed art project using colored paper, marker and chalk pastel for the sleigh bells and colored paper and white tempera paint for the snowy background. I created a short video to show you how I taught my 3rd grade kids how to draw and color sleigh bells in order to show form. This was a transformative project for many students as the circle shape was made easy by tracing a plastic cup and so everyone was able to create a pretty cool looking bell.  ...

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Lincoln Portraits Art Project

Lincoln Portraits Art Project

By on Apr 26, 2015 | 1 comment

If you are looking for a great story to read to your students, Abe Lincoln’s Dream by Lane Smith combines corny jokes, American history and great illustrations. The story alludes to the Lincoln’s bedroom ghost story and comes from the POV of a young girl taking a tour of the white house. She discovers Lincoln’s ghost and she assures him that the country has turned out just fine since he last left it. A readable story with clever illustrations make this one of my favorite reads so far this year. Here is the publisher’s promo video: I did this lesson with a second grade class and a second/third grade combo. Both classes did a great job but the older kids were more confident in the open-end strategy I employed for the final collage component. I borrowed the Americana collage idea from a former lesson on Lady Liberty. Honestly, I was quite impressed with the variety of images my little seven and eight-year olds created. Here’s what you’ll need: 1 sheets of 9″ x 12″ white sulphite paper 1 sheet of 12″ x 18″ white sulphite paper 1 6″ x 9″ black sulphite paper Strips of black paper (about ½” thick) Black oil pastel and black chalk pastel Scissors & glue Cake tempera paint Colored oil pastels Glitter (optional, of course!) 1. Drawing Abe Lincoln The book features a simple Abe Lincoln illustration which makes it very easy for kids of this age to observe and draw. I used a simple directed drawing for Abe. It goes something like this: Turn 12″ x 9″ white paper so that it is tall. Starting at the top of the white paper, draw a line down from the top and down about ½ way, across  and up again (angular letter U) to reach the top Add two vertical lines for the neck For the body: starting at the bottom of the paper, draw a line up one side, across the middle where the shoulders should be and down the other side. Make sure to touch the neck lines. Back to the head: Draw a wavy line across Lincoln’s forehead for one side of his hair. Draw another curved line for the other side of his hair. Draw a horizontal line below the hairline. This is Lincoln’s...

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