Castles for Purim

This project was done with 2 different first grade classes.Castles are where the kings and queens live so it fits in perfectly with Purim.I started by hanging up some pictures of castles that I found

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The Art of Beverly Buchanan for Kids

Beverly Buchanan is a contemporary artist that I chose to highlight because I thought her work was great for the kids to imitate.She paints a lot of shacks and that's a great subject matter for the

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4 Ways to Make Trees for Tu-B’Shvat

Since Tu-B'shvat is the holiday of trees it makes the most sense to create trees and I have 4 different ways you can do so. The first one was actually a picture from  a workshop I did for teachers

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Chalkboard markers perfect for kids portfolios

I was recently sent these chalkboard markers to review and I decided I can only review them if I actually saw how they worked in real life. It just so happened that

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2 Mixed media fall projects using warm color tissue paper

These 2 activities had 2 goals. These were first grade and third grade classes. The first goal was to introduce the concept of warm colors which we used for the trees.

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Paul Klee for Kids – 2 Activities

Paul Klee was the artist chosen for these 2 activities  with 2 different classes. The first group (first graders) were given the 2 images below of Paul Klee’s

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Paper mache bowls with fall leaves

A friend of mine sent me a picture of a project she did with her grandchildren of a fall leaves bowl and I thought it was so beautiful and a great thing to do with fall leaves that I decided to post it.

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The art of Reggie Laurent for Kids

  Reggie Laurent is more of a contemporary artist but, a great one for kids to copy.(See more of his work here) His style is abstract, his colors are vivid

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Lines in art (for Kids)

  Line is one of the 7 elements of art. Even though I usually do activities with my classes that incorporate the elements into the project we are doing, sometimes

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Mattisse for Kids

Mattisse was an artist who went through various stages in his artistic life. Towards the end of his life when he was not well, he spent lots of time doing organic

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Back to School Arts and Crafts: Mini murals using mixed media

As kids begin their new school years many teachers start looking for back to school crafts ideas. Focusing on what they did that summer is often a common theme. This

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Spending some vacation time in the city? Recreate your kids day with city landscape art

Summer vacations (which it is what we in the States are in middle of now) are a time that many parents spend time with their children exploring the cities they live

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Impressionism for kids: 10 different activities

Impressionism for kids usually falls under the banner of teaching kids about famous artists. Since it is quite difficult to have children learn about artists like

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Making animals out of square shapes

I really did start this project with squares. You would never believe it looking at these amazing pictures these kindergarten and first grade children created. I

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Multi Step Flower murals: Great summer project

Spring and Summer are perfect times  for flower projects with kids and this flower mural is such a fun idea. I actually saw the original idea on Pinkandgreenmama.com

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Ocean crafts: Create murals of the ocean

  This ocean crafts activity was inspired by this  swarm of sea creatures that I found on Pinterest. As you may know already, I love mixed media art and I

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Recreating Eric Carles animals with tissue paper (literacy art projects)

I just realized that its almost time for summer art camp and I never even finished posting the activities we did last summer. This activity was actually one of my

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Painting from primaries to secondaries: (revisited)

I’ve been doing tray painting with kids for years. I wrote about tray painting in this kindergarten art lesson and this painting for kids post. I would have them use a piece of aluminum foil like

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Copy the pattern art project

This was a really cool idea I had that came about through another project we did. I recently wrote a bit about a great collage

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Symmetry art: Spring is in the air and butterflies are everywhere

What better way to get in a little symmetry art than using the natural world. It is truly amazing how symmetrical butterflies

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What can you do with yarn with kids: 3 ideas (literacy art project)

This book Extra Yarn was another book that I found browsing the kids section in the library that fit perfectly with art projects we were doing in our Summer camp.

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Aluminum can crafts: 5 ideas that are quite creative

I actually got the idea to do this post on aluminum can crafts when I saw this great smashed face made out of an aluminum can on art is basic. I figured I would

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Little girls collage their favorite dress (literacy art project)

This was another activity from our literacy art project last Summer. Many of the projects we did with the children were decided before we even got the books from

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Awesome shape collage starting with one shape

A few weeks ago I wrote a guest post on Cassie Stephens blog. If you want to read what I did, you can check it out through that link and check out her blog as well.

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Making landscape pictures with tissue paper for backgrounds

I’ve done a number of posts here on the blog with activities that teach horizon line and basic perspective issues. This is another great activity with a twist since here  we used tissue paper to

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How to make teaching about line in drawing more concrete: Use wire

I started a new class recently to try to continue developing a set of lessons for teaching kids to draw. This small class of mine is going to form the basis for my

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Don’t throw out your old magazines: Make a rolled paper collage

I was looking through some old videos I have in my  videos category recently and I came across this rolled paper collage for adults. I remembered that I had wanted to try this with some children and

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Overlapping circles. Teaches the perspective of objects in front and behind

I’ve always thought of perspective lessons as having to do with one point, 2 point and three point perspective. (Is there a 4th and 5th? :). However, perspective is the way we view things and getting

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Beginning symmetry with vases and flowers (art class lesson 15 & 16)

As this first 16 week session of art classes draws to a close we ended with a multi step project that included beginning symmetry.(I will recap results of this class

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Enhance primitive collages with descriptive text (literacy art project)

It looked like spilt milk is a very basic, all time favorite childrens book. As part of our literacy art project series it was a natural to have the children do white,

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3 perspective rules children can learn in mixed media landscape projects

Making landscaping along with coloring and cutting pictures to put on them has become a favorite of mine. Whenever I (and maybe you too) hear about perspective I

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My proof that “How to Draw” lessons can often backfire (art class lessons 13 & 14)

This lesson took place over a few weeks but, for ease of following I am putting it all in this one post. This lesson has really proved an amazing point for me. I

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Georgia O’Keefe style watercolor flowers

I must admit that even though it says this activity was of  Georgia O’Keefe watercolor flowers, I was not teaching them about Georgia O’Keefe. I just

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Mini murals of the sea (literacy art project)

As a continuation of the literacy art projects we did in the Summer, here is one that we did with fish. We used 2 books Blue Sea and Swimmy

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Embroidery for kids: Embroider on paper for a mixed media project

I just saw a post on Childhood101.com all about Embroidery for children and it reminded me that we had done an activity in our summer camp with embroidery that I had  not posted about. We actually

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Gesture drawing for kids: Collaging the gestures and then some.. (art lessons 11& 12)

We started off lesson 11 painting the  paper mache  sculptures. We mixed up the tempera paint we had to get the closest shade to flesh tones and got the above shade.

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Using paint chips to extend the color wheel

I picked up a bunch of paint chips a while ago  in my local Loews and spent a long time thinking about what I could have the children DO with them.  Just today

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Making shades and tints: Extending the color mixing experience

This activity is actually a continuation of the first class I did with these first graders when they learned to mix colors and  make a color wheel . I wanted them

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City landscapes at night collages

I did this activity with the Kindergarten children. I hung up an assortment of city scenes that I printed out in black and white. (which is the kind of printer I

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My new site redesign

I am really excited about this new site redesign. I did it all myself and have been obsessed for these last 2 weeks working on it. The only part I did not do was the

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Aluminum foil sculptures, salt paintings and portfolio making (art lessons 9 & 10)

This post is a  combination of two of the art classes that I have been running with a group of first graders. I began lesson 9 with trying to show the children the

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Recreating The Grouchy Ladybug (literacy art project)

It was this afternoon when I found a ladybug in my living room that reminded me that I had not finished posting about our literacy art project from last Summer. We

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Snowman crafts: No need to use boring styrofoam balls to get realistic snowmen

Snow had just fallen last week so snow crafts was on my mind when I went to teach art in the local school that I teach in. What better idea then to do a ton paper

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Christmas crafts for preschoolers: Last minute, easy ornaments out of egg cartons

I had started a great Christmas crafts with some preschoolers and then saw a similar activity on Buggy and Buddy on crafts using bells. It reminded me that I had

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A gorgeous leaf craft that you can make in any season

  Admittedly Fall is the best time for beautiful leaf crafts. However, you do not have to limit making a leaf craft in any season since these leaves are only

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Aluminum foil, yarn and markers…a perfect art activity

I originall thought this was the perfect art activity for what I needed to do.I saw it on Pinterest and you can find it  at kids-finelines.blogspot . It turned

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Childrens Hanukkah Menorah Art (art lesson 8)

Since Chanukkah (Hanukkah) is this week, I thought it was a good idea to let the kids do a Chanukkah menorah art project instead of doing some of the other stuff we were doing. I learned some more about

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Mixed media art on landscapes while learning about foreground and background (art class lesson 7)

I learned a couple of things from this lesson. It was supposed to be a mixed media art project teaching about foreground, midground and background. (which is really

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Observational drawings painted in with watercolors (art class lesson 6)

Today I decided to try observational drawings with the girls. I collected a bunch of items from around my house as you see above and told the girls to each choose

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Using watercolors to create landscapes plus making grid drawings(art class lesson 5)

It turns out that some of the girls are having a hard time with some of the drawing exercises I have been giving them. To lighten things up I decided to start this week with a new way of using the watercolors

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Thanksgiving Crafts Projects: Awesome Turkeys and Indian Pottery

Fun Thanksgiving projects for kids Preschool and kindergarten teachers normally automatically have the children create boring, copycat turkeys for their Thanksgiving crafts projects. Why however, do Thanksgiving

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Copying designs and beginning watercolors (art class lesson 4)

My quest to uncover the best way for children to copy what they are seeing continues. I started this class by giving them the sheet above. Each girl got her own sheet

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9 Native American crafts you can use to celebrate Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner so here are 9 Native American (Indian) crafts for you to try…non of them copycat crafts. The crafty classroom shows us how to do totem poles with real

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My first class as a schoolroom art teacher

I have become an art teacher. Not just by giving a class in my home as I talk about starting an art class in my home, but in a real school. It’s a new school

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Is blind contour drawing too difficult for young children?(art class lesson 3)

One of the most important concepts in drawing is contour drawing. That is basically drawing the lines of the object onto your paper. A very popular pre activity to

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Leaf people projects (literacy art projects)

Fall, which it is now here in New York is a great time to make projects with leaves. Of course, fall projects will consist of gorgeous red, yellow and multicolored

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Finding shapes & lines in pictures (art class lesson 2)

So we are in our second of our art class. For explanation of what this class is all about see first class post. I had a few  goals for this class (which will be

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The beginning of a new art class

This past Sunday was the first of a new series of art classes that I am running in my home. One of my objectives with this art class is to put together a solid course

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Does a Square need to be Perfect? (literacy art projects)

The perfect square was actually the perfect excuse to do some collages with kids. Any reader of this blog will know how much I love collages and you can refer to

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Using a book as an incentive to make flower projects: Counting in the Garden (literacy art projects)

This is our second book in our literacy art project. Our first one was the dot book projects. This second way is based on the book Counting in the garden. It’s

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The amazing versatility of painting with kids: It’s not all process only

This is a post about painting for kids. As you probably know, the internet is flooded with wonderful, process only painting activities to do with children. I think those activities play a real role in

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▶A really cool technique called watercolor lifting (video)

Watercolor Lifting  A couple of weeks ago I did a post on making your own papers for collage. That is a favorite technique of the well know author/illustrator Eric Carle. I found this video that was really

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Literacy based art projects: We started with dots

We recently finished a wonderful summer in our art camp. Every summer we collect the artwork the children do and make a book out of their work. Last years  book was full of process art  but, this years

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Not your typical bunch of apple crafts ideas

Tis’ the season for some apple crafts. For me apples have a close connection to Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year which is a couple of days away. We dip apples in honey on Rosh Hashana for a sweet

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Don’t know what to do with old magazines? Use some cut out pictures and then draw to finish the picture

If you have old magazines and want to use them in some way for an art project for your kids, here is the perfect idea. A few weeks ago I posted a finish the picture

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What can you do with wine corks? Try a couple of these easy cork craft ideas.

You may have to wait for holiday time to do some wine cork crafts unless you’ve been collecting wine corks for a while. There are a a few kids crafts ideas I found that you can do with corks and

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Need some Rosh Hashana crafts? Make a mod podged honey dish or holiday plate

So in my neck of the woods Rosh Hashana (the Jewish new year) is right around the bend. For those celebrating Rosh Hashana if you work with kids you are for sure,

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24 of the best, most creative kids collages

I’ll bet you can’t believe that there could really be (at least) 24 great collage activities that kids can do, right? I know many preschool and kindergarten

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Use the kids names for a tape painting activity with acrylic paints

I saw this great idea on Pinterest with tape and acrylic paints. (pictured below) I wanted to something similar in our art camp with little kids as that activity

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Make some colorful picnic bags with brown paper lunch bags (video)

▶ Colorful Picnic Bags This video really could have taken half the time even though at about a minute a half its pretty short. It’s just a cute way to enhance a picnic by decorating those brown

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Aluminum foil art: 10 different ideas

Aluminum foil is one thing that most homes usually have. When you’re stuck with ideas for art aluminum foil art is pretty and plentiful. Here are 10 ideas for you to do with aluminum foil (or tin

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Make your own memory games ( with colored tape), keep kids busy for hours

This activity is truly amazing. (I got this idea from the blog Meri Cherry but, changed it around a bit) It’s easy Takes lots of time (can even be done on a car trip) Makes no mess Can go on endlessly

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Don’t throw away your markers (video)

Don’t throw away your markers – YouTube. This video will teach you how to reconstitute your very good markers. When I taught children drawing using the Monart method I used markers like these.

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8 art storage ideas for kids art materials

Here you go: 8 great art storage ideas for your kids art supplies. No commentary needed, the pictures say it all Buckets for storage portable art studio

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Abstract oil pastels and watercolor art

So I must admit that this is going to be an unfinished activity post for you here. That is simply because someone messed up but, I still want you to see this activity

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