I have always loved the idea of collage. It’s always been very messy though and I end up hoarding way more things than I would like in an effort to make my project.  This project was a great way to push through the mess and learn how to create some really fun things with lots […]

This year, I am really into the holidays. I don’t know why, but I’ve been wanting to decorate for Christmas starting right after Halloween.  I’ve embraced holidays in my classroom this year and we are doing lots of “seasonal” lessons.  It’s actually pretty cool because these lessons also help to teach some important skills.  Pumpkins are a great way to teach how students to draw using the shape of the object and how to blend correctly. Continue reading

I really enjoy teaching children how to weave.  It is so personal and useful.  Weaving is everywhere and it is one of the first artforms that we created, simply out of necessity.  Not only are weavings beautiful, they are functional, and I’m all about that.  Continue reading

Do you have a favorite artist?  Mine is Georgia O’Keeffe, followed by Marc Chagall, and then it opens up to a bunch of other great people who make my heart sing.  One of my latest loves is Wayne Theibald.  The man’s work shows a fantastic use of color.  His work is pure dream with whipped cream on top.

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This project was done at the beginning of the year, as a way to get the kids into the art room, working together, while we “waited” for more students to arrive from their summer vacations.  It was such a huge success that many students put their finished socks into the art show, and I am planning on doing this activity with more classes and developing it as I go. Continue reading

Want a super fun lesson to teach first graders about salt’s effect on watercolors? Make space.   Continue reading

I’ve seen lots and lots of lessons online about penguins but for some reason, I never did them.  Then I read this book to my kinders:

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