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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Browsing through Pinterest one day, I found this post:

http://www.smallhandsbigart.com/silberzweig-self-portraits/

And I got so excited!  I had never heard of Sandra Silberzweig before.  If you haven’t you are in for a treat. Continue reading

This is probably the hardest lesson I’ve taught for Kindergarten: the snowman.  You think it’s going to be easy, but it turns out this was quite challenging.  Who knew?

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