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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Valentines

Students created valentines for the Kanawha Valley Senior Services Valentine’s Dinner. We used donated wallpaper samples and practiced our cutting skills. Folding paper and cutting out hearts is also a great way to teach symmetry! I allowed students to decorate their valentines any way they wanted to. This promotes creative problem solving and divergent thinking.

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