Super Clothespin Heros
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This project may be more craftsy than artsy, but I keep finding that so many of my kids at the end of the day, just want to make “stuff”. I … Read More

Stacked Turtles
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Here’s an idea for a fun and simple turtle painting. I experimented with the value of the blue background, and decided that I liked it much better when it was … Read More

Paper Mache Owl
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I have to say that new art products available today sometimes make all the difference. These owls were decorated with poster markers and they just kind of came to life … Read More

Chalk Pastel Fall Landscape
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This kind of simple landscape lets chalk pastels do what they do best – make smudgy, soft colorful shapes. 1. Starting with an orange or yellow sheet of construction paper, … Read More

Giant Chalk Pastel Portraits
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The idea of coloring with chalk over dried glue lines is not new to me, but trying it out on really large paper is. I loved how it let students … Read More

Plaster Texture
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Van Gogh’s art is famous for its texture and thick paint. My mini painting has the texture added first (with plaster) and  paint applied afterwards. 1. Mix plaster with water … Read More

Acetate and Tissue Paper Tree
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Drawing a tree on acetate and placing it over a collage of tissue paper keeps the drawing nice and smooth. I’d like to try it next with torn paper as … Read More

Scratch Art Leaf
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A Scratch Art Drawing class calls for a different plan than a regular drawing class. Erasing is not an option, and I’d like the kids to focus on drawing lots … Read More

Black Paper Cat
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The credit for this super cute paper cat idea goes to an old Family Fun Craft book. I just worked out a few details about the size and materials, that … Read More

Recycled Rooster
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Save all those clean packing boxes, such as for cereal and pasta, and you can make some really colorful collage roosters. For a lead in story, “Farmyard Beat” is perfect … Read More

Chrysanthemum Flower Craft
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Here’s a recycled craft that was so popular, students came back today and asked to do it again. It took a little prep, but used a lot of old things … Read More

Filling The Page
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If you want to help students break free from their tendency to make tiny art, ask them to make their subject matter touch the top and bottom of their paper. … Read More

School Fundraiser Art
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My school holds an art fundraiser every fall, working with a company that places the student’s art on coffee cups, notebooks, key chains, you name it. Trying to find a … Read More

Coffee Filter Tree Leaves
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Here’s an idea for using leftover textured paper from a Coffee Filter Tree Collage. I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time throwing any of it away, … Read More

Coffee Filter Collage with Grass
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Here’s another version of the Coffee Filter Collage I posted yesterday, with the addition of some textured grass at the bottom. The good news is that I painted these coffee … Read More

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