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Wet Felting with 4th and 5th Graders – Challenging but worth it!

My first experience with wet felted vessels was during the MAEA Convention in North Adams last fall.  I took a workshop with Carolann Tebbetts and was immediately hooked. I wasn’t sure how to break the process down for elementary students, … Continue reading

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Bleezer’s Ice Cream – 1st attempt at “flipping the art room”

I’ve often thought about creating instructional videos, but I am one of those people who are VERY UNCOMFORTABLE in front of a camera.  I was less nervous when I jumped out of an airplane than I am every time I … Continue reading

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Experiments with Pronto Plates

A recent Explore. Create. Make it Great. visitor asked a question about my last Pronto Plate tutorial that I couldn’t immediately answer.  I always heat set digital prints simply by running them through the printer a second time. If you … Continue reading

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Pronto Plate Lithography Tutorial

I put this tutorial together for an upcoming workshop with high school art teachers. I often use this exciting process in my own work, but have not yet worked out how to bring it into my elementary art room. You … Continue reading

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Pictures of Chocolate Inspired by Vik Muniz

This 2 day project has become a much anticipated staple in my 5th grade classroom. It’s short but sweet with excellent results.  During the first class, I introduce the artist.  Students have about 20 minutes to create and photograph their … Continue reading

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Digital Photography Inspired by Vik Muniz

To learn more about this artist visit www.vikmuniz.net

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Dish Gardens Inspired by Chihuli

In my school district, the 3rd graders have art for two 45 minute classes per week.  This allows me to do a few more complicated projects with the extra time. Two years ago we were invited to participate in a … Continue reading

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Stop Motion Thanksgiving Card

Made on an iPad with Stop Motion Studio Pro by CATEATER, LLC This second grade class was the first to win my behavior challenge for this year.  When I asked what they wanted to do to celebrate, they asked if … Continue reading

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Tempera Paintings Inspired by Tarsila do Amaral

After looking at the work of Tarsila do Amaral, my 4th grade students created landscape paintings with an emphasis on value. They were asked to think about foreground, middle ground, and background. Tarsila do Amaral grew up on a farm … Continue reading

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Building Projects with Legos

Every year I try out a few experimental projects.  If they are successful, we use them again.  If not, we learn something from it and move on.  A recent experiment involved printing with Legos because… who doesn’t love Legos? The … Continue reading

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