Autumn Moon

I have a slight obsession with owls.  Can you tell? This project is easy-peasy, and a great opportunity to discuss both science and language arts with students while creating a truly impressive work of art.  Art concepts — positive/negative shapes (for grades 2-3), line, geometric shapes, and painting techniques. You need: Black paper tag board, with […]

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Pumpkin Perspective

Perspective is hard.  I like to start on basic understanding of spatial planes as early as I can.  This project is good for grades 3-5, and produces great results with basic shapes. I start by showing students a picture of a landscape and having them pick out the foreground, middle ground, and background.  I point […]

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Expressive Pumpkin Portraits

These pumpkins are so cute, and a great way to teach secondary colors, scissor skills, facial features, and emotional awareness. You need: construction paper in orange, green, purple, black, and white scissors glue yellow crayons (or construction paper crayons, even better!) To make life simpler, I cut orange and green paper into 9 1/2″ x 6″ […]

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Glue Sponge

I bought the crappiest glue sticks at the beginning of the school year this year, and I got so mad, I threw them all away.  They didn’t last very long, anyway, and when the projects dried, the pieces all came off.  The sad thing is that these glue sticks are the only ones you can […]

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Character Murals

As a traveling art teacher, I get asked to paint a lot of murals.  Usually, people want me to paint murals of cute cartoon characters or book illustrations.  While I am not opposed to painting these things (and I’m always happy to promote reading), there is a distinct problem with these murals — Copyright laws! […]

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Calavera

Kids love Halloween, and I’ve found that they also love to learn about Dia de Los Muertos, or Mexican Day of the Dead. I spend the first two weeks of October (or, two classes, since I only see kids once a week) playing traditional Mexican music, showing videos of Dia de Los Muertos festivities, and […]

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The Best Electric Pencil Sharpener

Those of you who are regular readers of this blog know of my love/hate relationship with pencils. They’re a necessary evil in the art room — so perfect for drawing, and yet, so full of issues. I am attempting to solve all my pencil problems, one-by-one, from the eraser controversy to pencil “shopping” procrastinators. Today, […]

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