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I am not a very original person. Most of the projects I do are crafted from lessons I photocopied at my first school and have made alterations on. Some I make out of samples of crafts that I could never think of myself. Finally, I love to pull ideas off Pinterest. There are so many... Continue Reading →

That cool thing you saw on Pinterest that you want to try with the kids……

How to Present a New Art Lesson It can be scary as an Art Docent when you are considering a new project for your class.  What worked for your second grade student may not be easily adapted to the fifth, but you're going to try. If you're modifying or making one from scratch; new lessons... Continue Reading →

Fostering Creativity

I thought this PBS artice was super inspiring. Creativity is the freest form of self-expression. There is nothing more satisfying and fullfilling for children than to be able to express themselves openly and without judgment. The ability to be creative, to create something from personal feelings and experiences, can reflect and nurture children's emotional health.... Continue Reading →

Abstract Expressionism – Go with it!

Abstract Expressionism has a shared history with the The Great Depression. This art method was a very colorful way to wake up our nation after a long struggle. Artists of that time are many, but few are recognized.  In the lessons below, there are multiple artists' work for you to sample from.   " Abstract... Continue Reading →

Emergency art lessons… pretty cool stuff

The school system in Anchorage has a pdf online for emergency art lessons.  There's a lesson for each greade k - 6. Here's an  example of a 4th Grade lesson: SUBSTITUTE TEACHER EMERGENCY LESSON Drawing Grade Level: 4 Objective: Abstracting objects Materials: White drawing paper, 11 x11" Black fine point drawing pens Crayons Objects to draw:... Continue Reading →

To Spin or not to Spin?

Paper plate spin art without the spinner     Choose any paint you have on hand and have the child put dabs or lines of paint colors on the paper plate. Next, invite the child to flip the paper plate over on a large sheet of paper. Then press down firmly with one hand and... Continue Reading →

Abstract Art Effect Created by Pipettes

Here is a fantastic color mixing lesson. This could be a great thing to fill up free time after lessons. Thank you http://casamarias.blogspot.com/ for the fun post. The children created abstract designs by squirting liquid watercolors all over paper towels. We prefer to use glass containers, because one gets to experience the true colors of paint this... Continue Reading →

Get a new roll please?!

This post is a borderline craft - but what art isn't? Reusing and repurposing items is a wonderful way to teach students how to re-use materials while teaching art. You may look at this picture and see a possible lesson incorporating Monet, Van Gogh or O'Keeffe. Why not discover a modern way to interpret this floral lesson by... Continue Reading →

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