Update on Voices from the Land, 2017

Update on Voices from the Land, 2017

I am excited to share that I was able to do Voices from the Land with my Pre-K (four year old) students this year.  If you missed my previous post about the Voices experience, you can find it here: http://www.artteachersmile.com/voices-from-the-land-more-than-the-typical-nature-art/ * A further update, you can now find Voices from the Land programs in your own area by visiting the group’s new site: www.monarchteachernetwork.info With the help of the awesome Mrs. M and her para, Mrs. T, we first had…

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Art Unit on the House with Special Needs and Pre K

Art Unit on the House with Special Needs and Pre K

  The House I am always trying to come up with engaging  and meaningful theme units for my special needs art students.  This year I have a class of special needs students with very low fine motor capabilities as well as two preschool classes with a mixed population. This art unit on The House has been creating excitement and interest with my students week after week!  I have also been able to incorporate books into each segment of the unit,…

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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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