Keith Haring is a very fun artist to study, though I heavily advise you pick out the photos you want to share rather than just pull him up on Google.  His artwork is fun for young children to look at because of his simple shapes, bright colors, and lines to show movement. It also works […]

Every year I have my first graders do a project involving value.  They paint a circle with white paint, and then they add a little bit of blue, then a lot, and then finally black all in a circle. We add black bats to our sky and it always looks great.  Perfect for Halloween. This year, […]

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I know, only a face a mother could love, right? Usually first pictures include stringy hair for and jack-o-lantern noses.  This year, I wanted to focus on how to make our faces look a little more like us.

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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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Yes, I realize I am posting this in May, but I am realizing I haven’t posted anything on this blog for Kinder for almost the entire year, so I am playing catch-up.

Kindergarten keeps me busy.  They work super fast and I see them twice a week, so we are averaging a project a week.  This may be why I don’t post, because it is so hard to keep up.  I am going to consolidate and enter lessons for an entire season.

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Before vacation, several large panels of wood were constructed between the elementary wing and main school building.  They are there to block off the latest construction project at our school – a new patio and play structure. They are white and just screaming for someone to paint all over them.  I knew I wanted to create a mural with my students, but I didn’t know how to introduce the concept.

We needed to do a collaborative project.

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