See the Girl with the Pearl!

Sometimes known as “The Dutch Mona Lisa,” Johannes Vermeer’s The Girl with a Pearl Earring is one of the world’s greatest masterpieces. The mysterious yet beautiful face of a young woman dressed in colorful silk cloth with her glinting pearl drop earring as the focal point, is a breathtaking sight to behold. No, not her……

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Creative Color Wheel Cutouts

Third Graders are learning about intermediate (tertiary) colors and how to create them. Each student painted a color wheel given only red, yellow, and blue paint (the primary colors). They mixed the paints on their Styrofoam plate palette to create secondary and intermediate colors. Materials: Color Wheel Template (photocopied large circle divided into 12ths) Styrofoam…

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Back to School and Wild About Color!

The 2011-2012 school year has started, and we have jumped right in with some fun painting projects in K-3. Here is a sneak preview of what we’ve been working on, and I will write an in-depth post about each project coming soon. Fourth and fifth graders are still in progress. What we’re working on… Kindergarten-The…

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Flag Story Quilt

  This project is inspired by the artist Faith Ringgold and her work entitled, Flag Story Quilt. The class learns about the history of the American flag and the meaning behind the design. We also look at how Faith Ringgold used the flag in her own artwork to express her ideas about living in America…

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Zebra Collage

  The first graders are learning about African wildlife, culture, and art. We began with learning about animals of the African savanna. For this project, we talked about my favorite animal, the zebra. We discussed the zebra’s diet, habitat, and predators, and how the zebra’s unique stripe pattern acts as camouflage in the shadows of…

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Radial Name Designs

These colorful designs were created by 5th grade students. Following careful steps, students repeated the letters of his or her name in a radial design and traced it with a black marker. The letters reflect and connect with each other forming lots of interesting repeated negative shapes. All of these shapes were carefully colored in…

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Poinsettia Prints

  This week the fourth graders created some colorful poinsettia paintings using petal-shaped sponges and tempera paint. This is another great lesson I found on Deep Space Sparkle. The students had cups of red, white, and yellow paint and used a paintbrush to coat a sponge stamp and print petals on their paper. I used…

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