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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

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

On the move with Marcel Duchamp

Several months ago I saw a lesson while surfing through all the art blogs I follow that inspired me to create this lesson for my Middle School students.  The original post used photographs from a magazine as opposed to photographs of  students to convey the movement in Duchamps "Nude Descending a Staircase".
My eighth grade students will be graduating soon so in honor of this big transition in their lives I have dedicated this lesson to them.  I took photographs of them in an "action" pose then printed the image for use in this project. I wanted the students to notice in  particular the movement and rhythm of the piece. 
To begin the lesson the students cut out their photograph then traced it several times onto colored paper of their choice.  By the way the scrap box had some awesome scrap paper  in it.  The images were arranged on a variety of creative backgrounds  as you will see.

The art work is hung in the hallway with a blank sheet of paper nearby where members of our school community can write a "moving" message to the graduating students. 


  1. Neat to see how you altered the project to personalize it to feature each student!

  2. WOW...These are fantastic!! I have got to try this sometime. I just love the energy in these!

  3. Excellent!!! I'm following you now, can't wait to see what you come up with next! Thanks for posting this! I'd love you to visit me at Dream Painters :)

  4. I love this and am going to use it with my fifth grade classes this week. Thank you for sharing your great ideas!

    1. Thank you Emily and to all who were inspired by this lesson.
      It was a huge success and a tribute to my graduating 8th grade class!
      Give it a try. You won't be disappointed.


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