Let It Go. . .Frozen

Let It Go. . .Frozen

The movie Frozen has dominated the children’s conversations and they absolutely love singing “Let It Go.” A few weeks ago I decided it was time to channel the energy into a collaborative art project. Day One:  I put out different shades of purple and...
Jennifer’s Handmade Twig Paint Brushes

Jennifer’s Handmade Twig Paint Brushes

I had to share the pure magic Jennifer Dean created in her art center! She had handmade twig paint brushes! The children had handmade paint brushes PLUS materials to make their own! Q-tips on a twig (wrapped with twine). Parsley wrapped on a twig. Cotton balls wrapped...
Picasso’s Playdough

Picasso’s Playdough

Guess what?!!  I am a contributing blogger to mom.me.   I am loving the opportunity to share my ideas with parents.  My latest post is my Picasso’s Playdough Project.   I took loose parts, playdough and inspiration from Picasso’s abstract portraits.  The...
Chinese Painted Fans & Dancing

Chinese Painted Fans & Dancing

I am always amazed at the level of joy and engagement the exploration of the Chinese New Years brings to the classroom.  It is richly embedded with academic learning (for example see Chinese Counting Set ) in a way that addresses multiple learning styles and needs. ...
Recycled Chinese Dragon

Recycled Chinese Dragon

I saw this Chinese New Year’s Dragon last year at Zarrow Art Center.  It was created as a collaborative, multimedia, recycling project. Children from kindergarten through 6th grade students from Kendall-Whittier Elementary School took part under the direction of...
Autumn Collaborative Painting

Autumn Collaborative Painting

I love group paintings. I began by setting out a canvas I had painted black.  I put out a variety of fall colors including purple (tempera). I just let the children paint.   I put the canvas out everyday for a week.   I just let it unfold as the children decided what...