My Daily Blog

Art Bots
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Honestly, I haven’t been this floored by a simple idea since I don’t know when. I think I first saw “Art Bots” on a Facebook page somewhere, but then I had to cross it a few more times before I tried it out. This is merely an... Read More

Cardboard Cutaway House: Making Beds
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I can’t believe how my students are eating this Cardboard Cutaway House project up! To date I have over 40 kids making these after school, and today they worked on making beds from popsicle sticks, chip board and stationary paper. Now granted, I prepped the bed pieces... Read More

Klimt Collage
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Try adding some gold to your collage to make a really decorative work of art. Austrian painted Gustav Klimt lived in the early 1900’s, started his career as a decorator and is probably most famous for his painting named “The Kiss”. You can imitate his style with... Read More

Glue and Foil Art
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This project really makes some very inexpensive supplies (chipboard, glue, aluminum foil and shoe polish) look pretty fabulous. I was so inspired by this project at “Make It A Wonderful Life” that tried it out today in an after school class. MATERIALS • Chipboard • Black marker,... Read More

Draw the White House
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If you are studying American symbols, here’s how to draw the White House. I’ve simplified it as much as possible, and have created some grid paper to help those (even as young as 1st grade) to count and draw all it’s many columns and windows. And there... Read More

Model Magic Dinosaur
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This Model Magic dinosaur was made by a talented 2nd grader named Daniel T. I had to use a scissors to make all the little triangles on my sample, but Daniel had no trouble making all his spikes by hand. I love everything about it, including the... Read More

Patterned Cat
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This project was inspired by a talented artist named Laurel Burch. She developed an abstract style of painting cats that is really fun to imitate. She often just drew the outside shape and filled the inside with colorful patterns   MATERIALS • Construction or card stock paper... Read More

Cardboard Cutaway House Update
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Wallpaper Day for our Cardboard Cutaway Houses. Lucky for me, I knew that you can buy all kinds of pretty patterned paper at the craft stores, and best of all, they come in 12″ squares. I left some full size for the backs, and then cut lots... Read More