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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Roller Coasters

This is a great lesson for teaching cutting and folding skills, pattern-making, 3-D (relief), and line. This project is perfect for grades 1-3, but kindergarten is a stretch. Let students choose 3 paper strips, 1 1/2″ wide and 12-18″ long. Demonstrate how to make deep snips about 1″ apart along one side of the strip, […]

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Cubees

my husband and me These are so awesome, but require some patience and time. I got this idea from Superhero Art Teacher Holly Bess Kincaid, who has an incredible website full of great art lessons. I did this with 5th graders. Day one: I start by asking students to design a toy action figure of […]

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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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Geometry

Geometry in Kindergarten?  Why not!  I found a great lesson plan that involves basic geometry concepts, rhythm, 3-dimensional assemblage, and introduces young kids to origami.  Score!!! I started by showing students a square that had been divided into triangles: I then asked them to count all the triangles and squares they could find.  We then […]

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Dinomosaic

Oh, no! My supply order got lost, and the lesson plan I had planned to do with my first graders depended on those supplies being delivered in time. What to do? I showed students some examples of Islamic tile mosaics, to show them how the pieces fit together and do not overlap. Then, I found […]

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African Style

Primary students made fashion from African textile designs. Pants, dresses, and shirts are easy to make from basic geometric shapes. Students love the colorful fabrics, and this is a great way to talk about African culture.

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