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Hey, lovelies! Many of you around the world are wrapping things up in your classrooms and getting ready for a well-deserved summer holiday break. Feels good, doesn’t it?!!!
I get quite a lot of emails from teachers asking me to recommend really good PD courses, workshops and seminars and I generally DON’T because I want you to rest up, enjoy the break, tend to yourself, SLEEP IN, and not worry about school. However, I do know that many of you have to do some sort of PD so for this reason and for the first time EVER, I am going to recommend one workshop for these FIVE reasons:
1.  It’s FUN, meaning, it’s hands-on, you get to play along and it won’t feel like one of those boring workshops that feel like lectures. You know which ones I’m talking about.
2. It’s ONE DAY. Like I said before, this is your holiday, your time, your break. I do not recommend any workshops that are longs and eat up your days because you won’t feel refreshed and you’re going to feel robbed of your holiday.
3. It comes with PD credit. If you’re required to do some PD this summer, this workshop will give you a certificate you can waltz into school with to prove it!
4. It’s Patty Palmer’s workshop. If you love Deep Space Sparkle and the creative lessons and resources Patty puts together, then you will love this workshop.
5. You’re going to LEARN from Patty and six other amazing art teachers. Take your teaching to the next level with everything you’re going to learn in this one-day event. It can’t get better than that!
Are looking for a FUN Artsy workshop to do this summer? My lovely friend Patty Palmer from Deep Space Sparkle has something really special happening in less than a month and it has fun written all over it. She has put together a one day workshop you can do from home (Yeah! Think PJ’s and no commute!) and where you will learn and DO a ton of art that will set you up for the new school year.
Best part…this one day workshop counts towards 10 PD hours!
Patty and six other awesome presenters have put together some wonderful projects that will help you practice techniques and work with supplies so that you can step into your art room with knowledge and confidence.
FOR AN ENTIRE DAY, THIS IS WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
• How to incorporate a variety of media, from crayons to watercolors to markers to acrylics into easy art projects.
• How to hack basic art supplies to achieve amazing results.
• The secret tips behind the stunning projects you see from your favorite teachers that will inspire & teach YOU how to create amazing projects of your own.
• How to define YOUR art space for maximum inspiration
Enjoy the workshop and more importantly, ENJOY YOUR SUMMER HOLIDAY!!!
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Grade 2 students are almost finished with a unit of inquiry all about how culture can influence art and vice-versa. being in an international school where in one class alone you have 15 different nationalities, this unit is so much fun and quite revealing for the students. I love the AHA moment when they realise that even though they belong to different cultures, they also share many things including food, language, ART and celebrations.

Paper sculptures, collage and wet-on-wet watercolour painting were the techniques explored throughout the inquiry. That in itself was also wonderful to teach and observe as the students tore paper for their collages, watched the paint spread like a ‘fire-work’ once it touched the wet paper and used their hands to sculpt paper and turn it into delicious food from all over the world.

So much exploration, learning, discovery, fun and gorgeous results. A winning unit for sure!

What you do you think?

HOW DOES YOUR CULTURE CELEBRATE?

WHAT DOES YOUR CULTURE EAT?

HOW DOES YOUR CULTURE SAY HELLO?

WHAT SYMBOL REPRESENTS YOUR COUNTRY?

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Art Lessons For Kids by Artlessonsforkids - 9M ago

I love big projects. Collaborative projects. Mural Projects. FUN projects.

The Mini Me project has been one of my favorites so far and it took on a life of it’s own as all inquiry projects do.

The students drew their self-portraits on a circle and outlined them with sharpie pens. Each class had to make tints and shades of a primary or secondary color. They used a recording sheet for each new tint and shades hey made and had to paint their Mini-Me self-portrait with the new colors.

I also challenged the students to NOT repeat colors and just keep mixing new shades and tints.

The final step was to re-outline their self-portrait and cut it out.

Even though this was done with grade 2, this is one of those awesome lessons that an be done with any grade level and you can adapt and tweak it however you like.

I don’t know about you, but does’t this look stunning?

Want the lesson plan?

I even include the tints and shades recording sheet for each primary and secondary color.

Get it here for $5.
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WOW!!!!! You have to share this video with your students early on in the school year. Infact, share it on day 1 if you haven’t started school yet. Inspire your students this year with examples of kids doing amazing art all over the globe and set the tone for this new school year. You’re here to uncover passion, ignite a spark and to show infinite possibilites!

Kareem, the boy in the video, has been painting since he was 6 and to listen to him talk about his art is impressive. Not only is is artwork gorgeous but he FEELS and KNOWS he is great and will be as famous as his idols. Mindset is everything and if you can instill confidence in your students from the beginning of day 1, then consider yourself the coolest teacher ever.

INSPIRE, INSPIRE, INSPIRE is the name of the game this year. Set an intention to do everything in your power to expose your students to variety of artwork, styles, mediums, techniques, and artists (young and old, dead and alive) from all corners of the world because this is how you ignite a fire in the belly. This is how passion, ideas, innovation, problem-solving and inspiration become the norm in your classroom.

This is how you discover hidden talents.

This is how you nurture curiosity and inquiry.

This is how you bring out confidence.

And above all, this is how you INSPIRE a love for art in in each and everyone of your students.

If you just stick to the usual lessons, you miss out on so much opportunity to not only have fun exploring and learning alongside your students, but you also miss the opportunity to grow as a teacher, mentor and artist.

Be bold, try new things this year, and HAVE FUN.

Are you in?

Reflection Questions:
  • How will you inspire your students this year?
  • How will you inspire yourself?
  • How will you do things differently?
  • How will your class look to inspire?

Share your thoughts in the comments below and feel free to join the conversation over on the Art lessons For Kids Facebook page.

Meet the 11-year-old creating hyper-real art - BBC News - YouTube

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Art Lessons For Kids by Artlessonsforkids - 11M ago

Beginning of a school is craaaazy right? Get a headstart on your to-do list and cross sketchbook covers off the list with these five ready-made covers that all you have to do is print them and give them to your students.

They get to color them in and totally make it their own, stick them on the front of their sketchbooks and voila! Gorgeous covers in a pinch.

Go from a boring but full-of-possibilities sketchbook cover like this…

To this!

The great news is, if you sign up for The Inspired Teacher, (my weekly newsletter to keep you inspired, happy and on your path of teaching and personal success), as a HUGE thank you, you’ll receive this PDF right now by clicking on the download button.

What are you waiting for?

Cheers to a wonderful start to a new year in the art room,

Alejandra xx

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Art Lessons For Kids by Artlessonsforkids - 11M ago

Want to get your students more more inspired and tapped into their creativity?

As an educator, Mindset & Creativity coach AND huge advocate for more mindfulness, wellbeing and headspace for students and teachers in schools, this is the best thing I’ve done for my students (and teachers) by far and so simple too.

This is a creativity labyrinth for students to ‘walk’ to get inspired. I have it right outside the art room and plan to make several around the school and even on the playground. Alone time and me time is essential for creativity and should be nurtured and allowed.

This labyrinth is really a walking meditation so the students can quiet their mind and it really works! This one is made with masking tape and perfect to hold three students at a time. Research different labyrinth models in Google and pick one that right for you. Remember, it has to big enough to walk.

Students have even started to decorate along the tape with words such as ‘be calm’, ‘walk quietly’, ‘get inspired’.. so cute that they are taking ownership of their labyrinth!

❥ Inspire your students daily to access their creativity in meaningful ways. Allow quiet time, thinking time, reconnecting time and some headspace for inspiration to come.

Is this something you could do too? SHARE this post to spread the mindfulness ripple  in schools. I can’t  do it alone!

Follow me for more ideas and inspiration not just for teaching but for a happier and whole YOU.

Here’s to your teaching success. May you THRIVE every day.

Alejandra xx
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IG: @artlessonsforkids

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Art Lessons For Kids by Artlessonsforkids - 11M ago

Happy New Year!

Who is ready to have an amazing year in 2018? I have created a new wellness program for teachers called THRIVE! You can join in from anywhere in the world and best of all it’s FREE because it’s my pilot ‘beta’ program I want to roll out officially in August 2018.

As a wonderful and cherished Art Lessons For Kids blog follower, you get to join for FREE. I help you over the next five months have your greatest year ever, and you get to help me turn THRIVE into one amazing wellness program for teachers all over the world. Total win-win in my book, don’t you think?

This is how THRIVE! 2018 will work. Each month there is a theme and focus as well as a THRIVE experience ranging from GREEN Smoothie detoxes to kicking the sugar blues. You get an email every FIRST FRIDAY of the month with all the juicy details of the theme, the THRIVE experience plus you get quick check-ins from me to keep you supported, motivated and inspired from January-May.

I will also host LIVE Q&A talks to make sure you are on your path to awesome success plus throw in some surprise goodies. This program is holistic and all about your happiness and well-being. A happy and supported teacher = a happy classroom = a thriving school. And since mindset and motivation are my passion, then you’re in good hands!

Expect to feel incredibly happy, inspired, calm, able to deal with any and most situations with poise and expect huge shifts not only at school but in all areas of your life. That’s what THRIVE! will do for you. If this sounds exactly what you want, then join right NOW and learn more about this teacher wellness program by scanning the Qr code with your phone’s camera or use this link: http://bit.ly/ThriveForTeachers

HURRY!! THRIVE! starts this Friday, January 12 and I don’t want you to miss a thing.

Below is an outline of each month’s topic or you access a PDF copy at this link: Download the outline HERE.

Big Love,

Alejandra xx

PS: Please forward this FREE offer to any other teacher friends you know who will love and benefit from THRIVE! The more the merrier and you also help me with my mission of HAPPY TEACHERS ALL OVER THE WORLD.

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How do you hide an animal in a grade 2 class? With camouflage of course and a little help from tracing paper!

Grade 2 students were doing a UOI on adaptation which I thought connects perfectly to art because there are so many ways you can integrate and support the classroom learning.

After reviewing what they already knew from their UOI discussions, the students went ahead and created their own environment for their animal using lines, shape, pattern, and color. This is a great opportunity to review and incorporate these elements of art.

The students colored their backgrounds with 1-3 colors and then proceeded to draw their chosen animal onto drawing paper first and then tracing it on tracing paper.

The animal was cut out from the tracing paper and then placed over their background to match the colors. This is HOW you hide, blend, and camouflage an animal in art class!

Once colored, the students glued their animal to the original drawing paper and with a little bit of bending and gluing, their camouflaged animal and background was complete.

These were a HIT! The students loved making these and wanted to make more animals. If you have time definitely let them and they can also add other details and elements to hide and blend.

Aren’t these gorgeous?

Alternatively, the students can also find patterns on the Internet and use these as their background. Check out these.

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