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Tie Dye Success in a Group

Tie Dye is a summertime activity as American as cookouts and burgers. Ask anyone you know–young old, conservative, liberal– if they want to tie dye something, and chances are they will be so very excited! There is something rewarding about the rubber bands, the vibrant dyes, and the happy surprises that result from tie dye that just brings out the awe and wonder of all who try it. Read on to learn more reasons why tie dye should be added...

Color Mixing Fish Art Lesson

This color mixing lesson is a perfect introduction to color theory for preschool and early elementary school children.  It teaches the primary colors and allows them to mix their very OWN secondary colors. Children also get to explore mixing a variety of blue tints for the water, which is something I find they really enjoy.   The cheerful fish are a very forgiving subject to draw, and templates can be used to make this even easier for learning artists. The textured,...

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

March “comes in like a lion, out like a lamb, ” according to the popular proverb. The age old adage inspires this wonderful art activity for preschool and elementary children. This saying also provides a great opportunity for parents and teachers to integrate science into an art lesson.    We begin this art activity by discussing the meaning of, “March comes in like a lion, out like a lamb.” We talk about some characteristics of the weather in March and...

Matisse Goldfish Collages

I recently had the opportunity to teach one of my favorite art lessons, Matisse Goldfish Collages, at Sweetwater Center for the Arts. This class was taught to children aged 4-6, but this lesson would be appropriate for older kids as well. To begin this lesson, we discussed the French painter and collage artist, Henri Matisse. The paper cutting, overlapping, and layering techniques of collage were reviewed. Then we looked at Matisse’s painting, Goldfish, which represents one of his reoccurring subjects.  We...