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I love Miro so much! One of my all time favorites! These Miro inspired compositions were lots of fun to teach and my students LOVED them!  Part of the happiness with this project was the materials.  We used a heavy texture watercolor paper and some......

These are nothing more than tempera cakes on watercolor paper and black India ink.  We looked at some spooky illustrations and did a practice drawing.  Students could make anything, they could go Halloween, Day of the Dead or Fall Harvest.  They all really went their......

Camouflage can be in any colors!  And not just for hunters!  This is a great lesson to teach CONTRAST and lack of contrast. We were inspired by Jasper John’s and his camouflage numbers. I did give the students numbers to trace.  They were very thankful.......

This was a very expressive project!!! Next time I teach it, I will try to be sure to get more pictures of the process.  But for now, this has been a very creative lesson, my 5th and 6th grade studio art students loved it!  Enjoy......

First…. MY STUDENTS LOVE THIS PROJECT SOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!! This is a fantastic way to teach tint and tone.  I am sure there are better ways to draw this, but this is my strategy…. I created a pattern for students to trace.  Line it up at......

This is a very simple materials project that is a crowd pleaser.  I have made these Happy & Sad Clown stick puppets with my Kindergarteners many times, always a success! I pre-trace an 11″ circle on two papers for my students.  We draw these either......

This lesson is great for students to learn and understand the difference between POSITIVE & NEGATIVE space/shapes.  I have used the artist Henry Moore to introduce this concept, here my folder of his work and other artists from Pinterest… Negative Space Folder. This sculpture is created......

This lesson is a favorite of mine for 2nd graders, but it works with many ages.  I have used this at the end of the school year as a Mother’s Day gift, with out the foam snake. But for an arts festival display, adding a......

Medicine Dolls, Sacred Dolls or Spirit Dolls are a new trend in craft doll making. They are all dolls created with an intention to bring warmth or a special message of love to the person it is given to. If you are interested in seeing......

I LOVE teaching teachers! WOW this has been an AMAZING group of CREATIVE people here at the Tennessee Arts Academy!!! Here is a step by step look at my Gnome Hut lesson.  This lesson has evolved…  Laura Lohmann of Painted Paper Art built upon my......

Wow… what a great week of CREATIVITY!!! Here is a closer look! The photos speak for themselves… lots of great creativity with some fantastic Scouts!!! Thank you Scouts for the amazing time! I hope I was able to give you a new point of view......

Formally known as, Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, Aminah Robinson has become one of my top 10 favorite artists I teach.  Her artwork is no narrative, students love to see it, hear the story and are ready to create after the incredible visual stimulation of a......

Formally known as, Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, Aminah Robinson has become one of my top 10 favorite artists I teach.  Her artwork is no narrative, students love to see it, hear the story and are ready to create after the incredible visual stimulation of a......

Formally known as, Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, Aminah Robinson has become one of my top 10 favorite artists I teach.  Her artwork is no narrative, students love to see it, hear the story and are ready to create after the incredible visual stimulation of a......

I LOVE Jasper Johns… the texture, the painterly approach.  I usually do not love just primary colors together, but his use of a bit of a red orange and some golden yellows makes me happy… We looked at several works of art by Jasper Johns......

I LOVE teaching this lesson!  But actually, the next several photos are my student teacher, Sara Andrews’, fantastic results teaching it! I like to start with discussing Wassily Kandinsky’s simple shapes and simple lines… how he organizes them and the fact that he like to......

This lesson is completely STOLEN from Julie Werkman, the wonderful art teacher I student taught with 20 years ago. She is the master of this lesson, a highly creative lady who designed beautiful lessons in a Pre-Pinterest world! This lesson takes several classes to complete, however,......

Miro is one of my favorite artists.  I love his playfulness approach with the elements of art. Here are a few of my favorites that inspire the following projects.      Kindergarten Painted Primary Shapes with Printed Lines and Circles      Also in Kindergarten, I......

I love Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night so much and wanted to have some fun with it this fall.  So… in the spirit of Halloween, we made our Starry Night’s SPOOK-tacular! Week 1 –  We started the sky with yellow tempera and TINTED with white for stars.......

I love teaching Day of the Dead!  Sugar Skull are a favorite to make, I have taught them in many ways.  This year I decided to make them BIG and with black glue.  Maybe not the smoothest process, but the end results are great. Day......

Wow!  This is it! My new favorite project of the year!  Students LOVED it, and I LOVED teaching it!  Don’t you think that is the best part of our jobs! We get to be soooo excited about something and share our enthusiasm with our students.  Here......

This is an all time favorite lesson!  The motivation for this lesson comes from personal experience, an AMAZING visit to Warwick Castle in Warwick, England.  It was a magical day running around a castle, climbing up on the top tower, going down to the creepy......

I love this project for drawing FORM on a 2D surface.  Highlight and shadow… blending analogous colors… so fun!  I prefer this project on blue and purple construction paper.  Black glue and chalk are SOOOO nice together! We start by tracing 6″ circles… three on the paper......

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