Category Archives: Classroom Projects

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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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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One Sheet Sculptural Mini Book

This simple book is made out of one sheet of paper.  You can use just about any size or quality of paper as long as it folds easily.  80 pound paper will allow students to use crayon on both sides … Continue reading

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Simple 3-D Mask

Teacher Tips: This easy mask project always has a high success rate.  I usually have students make and paint the masks on day one.  Hold off on stapling under after the paint dries. On day two, we staple then embellish … Continue reading

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Gelatin Prints – How to make it work with 20+ students

Gelatin prints are my latest obsession.  I love being surprised by the delicate textures and the unpredictable ghost prints. It took a few weeks of experimenting at home before I was ready to try this with a large group of … Continue reading

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