Category Archives for Teaching Art

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Need some alphabet art? Why not collage inside the letters

  Today was our first day of our summer art camp.Just like “we begin with A, B C….we’ll start off with some alphabet art.

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Do you need a recipe to do art? How about ART recipes?

 So could or SHOULD kids create art through a recipe? If you know my aversion to copy cat crafts I’ll bet you are thinking; Aha! I thought you don’t believe in copycat arts and crafts.

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Art book portfolios to keep and showcase your children’s artwork

The best way to make art book portfolios I’ve always had the problem of what to do with the children’s artwork when they are done. I always feel bad sending

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Homeschool art: What makes it better than art done in a school setting

There are two very basic, very important elements to a homeschool art program that a traditional art curriculum cannot have no matter how excellent it is. The

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A kindergarten art lesson: Making a color wheel and using the wheel to make secondary colors, tertiary colors and complementary colors.

If you are a kindergarten teacher or a homeschooling parent and you want to expand your children’s art knowledge, the best way to start is by making a color

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The Importance of Art in Schools: It’s not just about holiday crafts

 The importance of art in schools Art has many meanings. There is  art of the museums, art of the impressionists and art of the Renaissance. There is art of full

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What is art therapy and can you be your own child’s art therapist

Is art therapy for kids just a bunch of art projects? Is there a way that you can do art therapy with your own children? The

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The basic Reggio Emilia approach to kids education: What it is & what makes it different from other types of education like Montessori

What is the basic  Reggio Emilia approach to education and how you can help integrate this approach into your own, even if you don’t go all the way The Reggio

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Drawing for Children: Do we teach them or do they learn it on their own

Drawing for children. Much more of a loaded topic then you would believe. Believe or not but, both of these drawings were completed

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A step by drawing for kids method:How I used the Monart method with a group of children

If you are looking for a method of step by step drawing for kids there are many ways to do so. There is a plethora of how to teach drawing to kids books all claiming to teach children drawing. Most of

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Kandinsky for Kids: Using a great artist to introduce abstract art

Wassily Kandinsky was a very well known abstract artist. His paintings were not geared towards children yet Kandinsky for kids is something that many art teachers are  looking for to see how they can

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Creative Crafts is not an oxymoron: 5 categories that can make crafts creative

If you are looking for creative crafts then you have some inkling that  most of the crafts you find online are not very creative. There are so many so called creative

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Creative Curriculum Lesson Plans: Creating a basic preschool lesson plan with an Autumn theme

Creative curriculum preschool lesson plans are plans that integrate interactive teaching methods. It is not rote teaching where the teacher stands in front of the classroom talking, but it includes all

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Kindergarten Teacher Websites: Not Only Art Related

If you are kindergarten, preschool or other type of early childhood educator you are probably always looking for different kindergarten websites. Many of the kindergarten websites are also just as

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Free printable coloring pages: Can I interest you in something more educational?

The pictures about are 3 standard type of free printable coloring pages that you will find all over the place. There are free coloring pages and printables all over

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Kids painting in black & white teaches line and value then mix colors to create a variety of sky pictures

  I wanted to teach the children something about line and value. These activities that I have in this post were not actually done all at the same time but, they

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Negative space exercises: How capable are young children of learning the concept

Negative space is not the easiest of concepts for little children. Many adults have had their issues with it so it’s not surprising that it can be a hard concept to grasp. The 2 pictures here, the

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Creativity for kids:Increase it with 9 creativity exercises

Which of the pictures above shows more creativity for kids, the one above or the ones below? And what is creativity anyway?

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Kids Artwork: 4 ways to comment on it

Do you compliment your child’s artwork? (I’m sure you do) Do you tell them how beautiful it is? Is that a good thing? What could be wrong? There are so

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