Category Archives for Art in the classroom

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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