Sometimes, well, most times, kids really surprise me.   Continue reading

I love Georgia O’Keeffe.  She is probably my favorite artist.  Not only is her artwork beautiful, mesmerizing, and surreal, I have the upmost respect for how she navigated the art world when it was dominated by men.

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Okay, I will admit it.  I had ulterior motives when we did this weaving project. Yes, I had a bag of over 500 compact discs I needed to get rid of.  And a blank wall just screaming for art. Continue reading

Notan is the Japanese design principle of light and dark.  The Yin and Yang symbol is probably the most recognizable example.  Before teaching art, I had never heard of Notan, but thanks to Pinterest and YouTube, I got to learn about it and then got to teach it to my third graders.

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For this assignment, students were told they needed to make a variety of lines on their paper.  The catch, once their crayon starts making lines, it must not lift off of the paper.  The paper must be filled and the lines need to be varied (no loopy loops over and over again).  This involves planning.

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