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Winter Art

Lincoln Portraits Art Project

Lincoln Portraits Art Project

By on Apr 26, 2015 | 0 comments

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...

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Happy Birthday, Paul Cézanne!

Happy Birthday, Paul Cézanne!

By on Jan 16, 2015 | 2 comments

A little history… Paul Cézanne was born on January 19, 1839 in Provence, France. When Cézanne first began painting, his artwork was noticeably dark and serious. After a friend encouraged him to paint outside, he began to paint with short brush strokes and brighter colors. Cézanne is known for his still life paintings–mostly of household objects arranged...

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Winter Art Projects for Grades K-2

Winter Art Projects for Grades K-2

By on Jan 13, 2015 | 1 comment

Winter in our Southern California school last a few short weeks and it’s no coincidence that these weeks fall just before the Christmas break. This is the time we talk about snow–and ask kids to raise their hands if they’ve ever seen it for real. This is the time we bring out the snowmen lessons and maybe a few holiday-themed activities. And better...

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Matisse-Inspired Christmas Tree

Matisse-Inspired Christmas Tree

By on Dec 10, 2014 | 1 comment

I wasn’t planning for this project to take one class period, but that’s how it turned out. Sometimes it’s tricky gauging how long it will take children to complete a project. I was a little off on this one. My goal was for my first grade class to create a symmetrical coniferous tree (or a Christmas tree!) and add Matisse-inspired...

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Poinsettia Print Project

Poinsettia Print Project

By on Dec 2, 2014 | 3 comments

One of my favorite art lessons for kids involves a simple kitchen sponge and tempera paints. If you haven’t tried this lesson before, gather up some kitchen sponges and cut into petal shapes. I promise the prep you do now will last for years. The last time I did this lesson was in 2010 and I still have the sponges. This lesson takes one, forty-minute class...

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Holiday Gifts for the Young Artist

Holiday Gifts for the Young Artist

By on Nov 30, 2014 | 2 comments

Wondering what to give your art-loving niece? Or son who loves to draw? A walk down any craft aisle will yields lots of wonderful art activity packs. All are good choices as there is nothing a child loves more than to open up a box and seeing hundreds of pencils, pastels and crayons. Although, sometimes these art packs aren’t the best quality. What I love...

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