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Fall Lesson on TPT-Perspective Pumpkins

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Fall Lesson on TPT-Perspective Pumpkins

Here is a great lesson for Fall that we have posted on TeachersPayTeachers website. It’s called “Perspective Pumpkins” and includes a great “how to” page for your students to learn how to draw a pumpkin. Use this worksheet for any fall lesson that includes pumpkins. Kids love it! Click HERE to get the lesson.  What other types of lesson do you do with your students to celebrate the Fall season? Let us...

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Free Art Lesson – Snowman Snow Globe in Clay

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Free Art Lesson – Snowman Snow Globe in Clay

Level: K-2 Art Elements: Form Art Skills: Clay Literacy Connection: Book Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner This is a great lesson to introduce the youngest of students to clay. Students use Sculpey oven bake clay for the project, which is mess free for the kids. Students develop the skill of rolling the clay into a ball for this project, which is a great introduction for making a pinch pot later in the year. This lesson connects to the book Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner. The students love this book and its colorful illustrations of snowmen playing outside at night. Snowman Snow Globe in Clay Click the lesson to download your FREE lesson.  If you are doing this lesson with a class of students, there are a few things you can do to make the lesson manageable. First, send out an email to staff and parents for donations of clear glass baby food jars with the lids. You are sure to get many jars in just a week or two. You could request that students bring in their own glass jars (jelly, olive, or mustard jar) but then you have no control over the size of the jars. Second, use a Sharpie to write each students name and class period on the top of the lid. You can do this ahead of time or quickly do it when you are collecting them. The Sharpie will not bake off in the oven. Third, since it is oven bake clay, ask the cafeteria staff if you can bake them in their ovens at the end of the school day. I always took mine home to bake after each class made theirs but the cafeteria staff may be receptive to allowing you to use the ovens. A class of them only took up a small box, so it was easy to carry home.  Make sure you follow the temperature directions for the specific clay you are using. One year, I accidentally had my oven up too high and ended up with a whole bunch of burnt snowmen! And painting them with white acrylic did not work once they were in the water! When I did this with my students, I could accomplish the lesson in two class periods. The first class, we made the snowmen out of clay. The students followed along with me step by step. At the end of class, I wrote all the kids names and class period on the lids as I collected them. The second class, we added the ribbon, drew the details and assembled them with the water/glitter mixture. Each student would come up, one at a time, to assemble his or her snow globe with me.  I would have 2-3 color options of ribbon or yarn “scarves”, that was pre cut to size, for the kids to choose from. They would need a little assistance with tying the “scarf” into a knot around the snowman. The students would sprinkle glitter into the glass jar and then I would pour in the water/glycerin mixture and assemble the lid.  Once everything was assembled, I would add a quick bead of hot glue around the rim to secure the top. While that was happening, the rest of the students were at their tables working on drawing and coloring a 12” x 18” size snowman picture. The students were always quietly working, as they wanted to be the next student chosen to assemble their snow globe. A large class box of Sculpey clay can be a bit pricey. While you can probably purchase the clay from an art company catalog at a decent price, I would buy mine from a local craft store. I would use a 40%-50% off coupon from the Sunday paper to purchase the clay from a local craft store and then turned in my receipts for my district could reimburse me. This project is a sure fire hit! The students will LOVE making their snow globes.  While I did this project with first graders for many years, I always had older students who wanted to make...

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Free Art Lesson-Winter Ice Castle

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Free Art Lesson-Winter Ice Castle

Need an easy winter lesson for your kiddo’s? Here is a oil pastel resist castle painting using basic simple shapes and fun materials.   Materials: Pencil and paper Oil Pastels Watercolors and brushes (metallics preferred) White Tempera paint Metallic Markers Step 1   Draw the castle. Draw a large square in the center of the paper. Draw two large rectangles on each side of the square. Draw the tops of the rectangles by making ovals with pointy tops (like a Hershey Kiss). Add rectangles for doors, windows and bricks. Color over all pencil lines with oil pastels. Fill in tops of castle and doors with oil pastels.   Step 2   Watercolor sky with metallic blue paint. The oil pastel will resist the watercolor. Watercolor the castle bricks with light blue metallic and watercolor the windows too! Step 3   Paint white tempera paint on the top of the castle and windows to look like snow. Let painting dry. Then use metallic markers to draw in snowflakes and add any other details. That’s it! What a fun, simple project for your kiddo’s to do this winter season! Here is another Winter themed lesson from The Primary Kids: Quilling + Martha Stewart Glitter = Beautiful, What are some of your favorite Winter themed lessons to do with your...

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Art Class Printable – FREE

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Art Class Printable – FREE

When I was in school earning my certification, we spent time discussing our philosophy of education and writing in depth about it. We wrote it and revised it many times.  Realizing that my students were never goinng to read it, and during an interview, it was unlikely that the principal was going to read the entire page, I decided to come up with a short saying that could sum up what life would be like in my classroom. Art Respect Thinking Creativity Laughter Add up to Successful Students in Ms. Cassidy’s art class! I’ve had this motto posted in my classroom from the first day I began teaching professionally. I originally created it using a basic graphics program and have redesigned it may times. I created the one below to share with you. I hope you enjoy this visual in your classroom! Click on the image to download a .pdf file.    Do you have a classroom motto? I’d love to hear...

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Paintbrush Printable – FREE

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Paintbrush Printable – FREE

Printable to help keep paintbrushes healthy! Click on the image to open a .pdf file.

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Coloring Pages of The Primary Kids

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Coloring Pages of The Primary Kids

Enjoy these coloring pages of Georgia, Maya, Jacob, and Jose. Click on the image to open a .pdf file. When you are finished coloring them, email us a photo of your picture. We would love to see it!       ...

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