Miró Creatures

Miró Creatures

    This Miró inspired art project reviews and incorporates the concepts of organic and geometric shapes as well basic color concepts.  Second grade artists create these painted masterpieces by combining shapes into a Joan Miró style creature, identifying and imitating the artist’s use of line and color. The paper is first prepared with dry brush strokes of gray tempera to mimic the sized canvas of Miró’s famous compositions.  The natural texture of the canvas creates a beautiful backdrop for…

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Kindergarten Cities

Kindergarten Cities

A quick post for a quick project- these cities are a simple, but pleasurable art project for Kindergarten students.  The use of shape, line (design), overlapping and composition work as an building block for future elements and principles projects. Drawing on personal experience or connection is also encouraged as the kids add all their individual details. Starting off I had students begin in pencil, drawing a horizon line.  We then talked about cities and the terms, cityscape and sky scrapers.  Instead…

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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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