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How to Handle the Holiday Crush – Art Made Easy 034

How to Handle the Holiday Crush – Art Made Easy 034

By on Nov 23, 2016 | 0 comments

The holidays don’t need to be a time for stressful schedules and hectic classes. Make this season your best ever by determining what your holiday intentions are, how to navigate your school’s holiday celebration parameters and what projects to do with your students that will deliver smiles for all. In this episode, Patty addresses the big issues art teachers face every December: What should you do when your school doesn’t celebrate the Holidays? How to handle children who can’t participate in anything remotely seasonal. How to set your intentions so you can enjoy the season and bring focus to what brings you happiness. A list of non-religious art projects you can do in a short amount of time. How Parkinson’s Law applies to teaching art Subscribe to Art Made Easy and receive new episodes directly on your phone via your podcast App.  Note: If you have an iPhone, subscribe in iTunes. If you have an Android phone, subscribe in Stitcher. 5 NON-RELIGIOUS ART PROJECTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS Click the yellow button below and add your name and email to the form to download your project plan. NOTE: The PDF will be sent to your email. Make sure to enter a correct email address and check your junk mail. SHOW NOTES: Teachers Pay Teachers : Deep Space Sparkle will be participating in the Cyber Monday and Tuesday sale on November 28 and 29....

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Paper Plate Poinsettia: Holiday Craft for Kids

Paper Plate Poinsettia: Holiday Craft for Kids

By on Nov 22, 2016 | 6 comments

While decidedly Christmas in flavor, this easy holiday craft for kids can vary in paint colors to compliment any season. I’ll admit that creating these pink beauties filled my creativity bucket for the day. So grab some paint, a few paper plates from your pantry and crank up the holiday tunes. I guarantee, you’ll enjoy this as much as your kids! This project is perfect for those days during the holiday season when you need a fun activity for your festival of lights unit or holiday unit. Picture Book Recommendation The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie DePaola This book is set in a small village in Mexico and is a retelling of a traditional folk tale. It does have strong religious content so it may not be appropriate for your class. Each teacher can determine whether it is suitable for his or her classroom. Here’s what you’ll need: 10”, 9” & 6” Plate (exact size is not as important as 3 different sizes) Red, white, green and yellow liquid tempera paint Gold metallic paint (optional) Small kitchen sponges (cut a regular sponge into smaller rectangles) Red, white and green oil pastels Paint brushes Yellow tissue paper Scissors Pencil Small plastic cup or lid White School Glue Don’t be alarmed by the extensive supply list. Most everything can be found in your art pantry. I find tempera paints are best but if you have craft acrylic paints (the kind you find in craft stores) then you are great. Curious what the difference is between tempera paint and acrylic paint? Here’s a video showing what I discovered: Acrylic vs Tempera Paint. * DOWNLOAD THE FREE PDF BELOW FOR INSTRUCTIONS, PHOTOGRAPHS AND ARTIST STATEMENT How to Make the Poinsettia: Each student receives 3 paper plates. I use the most inexpensive brand that has no printing on it. It doesn’t matter the size of the plates, but it does help to have 3 different sizes: small, medium and large. Place a small condiment cup or circle template in the middle of the LARGEST PLATE. Draw a circle. Starting at the outside edge of the plate, cut a leaf shape towards the center circle. Do not cut through the circle. For younger kids, it may be helpful to...

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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 | 4 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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