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This blog features art projects for children. These projects have been used in my classes. My lessons allow children to learn about all the elements and principles of art while striving to introduce them to many genres of art.

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." - Albert Einstein

Friday, March 2, 2012

This week I am attending the National Art Education Association's annual Convention in New York City.  It has been a wonderful event with a variety of enriching and motivating experiences.  The Hilton Hotel hosted the convention and only a few short blocks away you will find Robert Indiana's "LOVE" sculpture.  I managed to have my picture taken in front of it.  
The art lesson which I had presented to my Primary students only a few short weeks ago was based on this sculpture.  The students were given an 8" X 8" square sheet of drawing paper which had been folded into four squares.  For the first part of the lesson I simply wanted these young artists to have fun mixing paint and to learn about tinted colors.  Their palette consisted of white, magenta and purple paint.  I encouraged the students to mix and experiment with color in each individual square and to notice the effect of their brush strokes on the surface of their paper. The students then used purple paint to write each individual letter in each block.  This was a fun lesson and as you can see the results were stunning.


  1. Great lesson! I love the directness and simplicity of it.

    Hope we can catch up again tomorrow!

    1. Thanks Phyl for your comment. It has taken me a long time to simplify for my youngest students. So many of them wanted to brush the paint until the surface was smooth. I was pleased when many of them were able to appreciate the dramatic effect of their individual brush strokes.
      See you at the Convention. It would be nice to visit a museum for our last day in the Big Apple!


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