Mehndi – Henna Tattoo

Mehndi, the art of henna painting on the body, has been practiced in parts of India, Africa and the Middle East for centuries. Henna is a dye procured from a tree: Lawsonia inermis, whose leaves when dried and mixed with boiling water stain the skin with mahogany color. Dried henna plant leaves are made into … Continue reading Mehndi – Henna Tattoo

Don’t cry over spilled paint

Let gravity do the work - Pendulum painting I remember playing with those plastic disks with the pencil holes in them. How precise and careful you had to be to exert the perfect amount of pressure to keep the cogs of the spirograph from skipping. Spirograph, drip, pendulum, pour...  I've been trying to tie this type … Continue reading Don’t cry over spilled paint

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 Emergency art lessons… pretty cool stuff

Stitching in Second – embroidery samplers

Super Clever Mann Art Docents  Anju, Hiro and Lisa did this fine project with their Second Grade class. Over a period of 2 weeks, the students created these stitch samplers. These are their first stitches!  Embroidery Samplers A needlework sampler is a piece of embroidery produced as a demonstration or test of skill in needlework. … Continue reading Stitching in Second – embroidery samplers

Art Lesson Guidelines

If you submit a lesson, please include the following: Project Title Artist, Artwork, Style/Era, Medium, Focus Grade Level Project Description Pictures or Samples Number of helpers needed, How much time (# of days) needed Step by Step Project Instructions Materials needed for _____ students Links to Artist biography, history of time period, history & description … Continue reading Art Lesson Guidelines

Georgie O’Keeffe – Draw Big!

Get a little closer! Georgia O'Keeffe inspired art lessons Georgia O’Keeffe painted flowers up close— you’ve seen her calendar pictures.  Students of any grade can imitate her style.  You can use color or white construction paper and various mediums to create lovely works of art.  Included in this post are some student created “Georgia O’Keefe … Continue reading Georgie O’Keeffe – Draw Big!