Monograms

It doesn’t take long for kindergarteners to learn how to write their names, but until then, I like to do lots of first-initial artworks to make it easier to identify the artist, and also to let them practice writing letters of the alphabet. Having them draw their monogram with thick lines, then creating rainbow echo […]

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Art Is

Art is a concept that is difficult for kids to grasp. The subject of art covers a lot of territory, but it’s difficult to think past paintings and sculptures. I love to ask kids to brainstorm “what is art?” and see what they come up with in table-group discussions. I often don’t give a lot […]

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Crazy Hair Day

A fun way to teach line to grades K-3 is the Crazy Hair Day project. I start by reading the book “Crazy Hair Day” by Barney Salzburg, (or I let Salzburg read the story to my students via the magic of YouTube). Then, I instruct students to draw half a face (or, for k-1, show […]

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Op Art

Students in grades 4-5 love this easy, but impressive op art project, and it’s a great way to illustrate the element of art, “Line.” I start by having students trace their hands very lightly with pencil, then make a horizontal line pattern in the background. I tell them to be sure to end the horizontal […]

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Class Dojo

I am a huge fan of Class Dojo, an online, app-based tool for classroom management. It allows you to award or subtract points for behaviors, or really whatever you want to use it for. Since my class is pass/fail, I award a point each day for students who show me stet understand the daily objective(s), […]

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