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Part 2 of Art Advocacy!: hosting a Family Art Night

Part 2 of Art Advocacy!: hosting a Family Art Night

Advocating for the importance of your art program is a big part of our jobs as art educators.  Without our extra efforts to communicate with families and administrators about all the great things happening in our classroom, art can too easily be overlooked in the face of the very demanding deadlines of academic benchmarks.  In my role as art teacher for the whole school population, I want to show that my program supports the goals of the academic subjects. I…

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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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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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African Masks: an Elementary Mosaic Lesson

African Masks: an Elementary Mosaic Lesson

  African Masks: an Elementary Mosaic Lesson This is a lesson I have done with my second grade classes, however I think it could certainly be adapted to older grade levels as it does take some patience in the mosaic application. It’s a great lesson for multi-cultural art, especially if you are thinking of doing an, ‘Earth: it’s got Art’  or around the world theme.  African Masks are fascinating artifacts.  In many African countries and tribes the masks are made…

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