Voices from the Land: more than the typical Nature Art

Voices from the Land: more than the typical Nature Art

Pre K students are gathered at the edge of a small stream watching the water trickle over the pebbles and rocks in the riverbed. Look at that leaf go! Little objects hitch a ride on the current and float on down.  Other children are engaged in collection.  We’ve given them buckets to collect their nature items and they are busy filling them with dandelions, leaves and sticks of all sizes.  Another group of children are working to haul a branch…

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Tear it Up! Spring Collaborative Collage Using Painted Paper Scraps

Tear it Up! Spring Collaborative Collage Using Painted Paper Scraps

A project for early finishers or just a fun collaborative endeavor to decorate your halls for Spring, you can churn out these large torn paper collage in just one week!  I am using these to decorate our entryway for the Spring Art Show, but they’re really a nice element for any occasion.  Materials paper to tear (I like to use our painted paper scraps) large paper to use as a base white glue or  my preference *mod podge foam brushes…

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Modern Folk Art Birds: a clay slab project

Modern Folk Art Birds: a clay slab project

These modern folk art birds are a fun and simple elementary slab project I’ve done in both air dry clay and kiln fired clay. I’ve done this with both first and second grade classes with great success. The objective here was for students to cut out shapes form clay, learn to piece clay together and once fired, apply color and patterns that contrast, but have analogous elements.  Color, line and shape elements in this project are linked to the work…

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Eric Carle style Painted Paper Book Covers Part 2

Eric Carle style Painted Paper Book Covers Part 2

I began this journey in my last post about creating painted paper for this first grade art project, if you missed that- you can find it here.  Check it out because I have great tips on how to make the painted paper process easier for you! Sharing the work of Eric Carle I like to begin this project with information about Eric Carle. At the start of the first class I generally share his technique and show off a few…

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Painted Paper Illustrations in the style of Eric Carle

Painted Paper Illustrations in the style of Eric Carle

Painted Paper Illustrations in the style of Eric Carle                     First graders have a fantastic time emulating the collage process of famous illustrator, Eric Carle, in these book covers. What’s also great about this project is that it fosters a cross-curricular relationship between literacy and the arts! Students write “pattern books” with their classroom teachers ala Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  and then come to me to illustrate…

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