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Kelsey Lapin
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Winter Shape Architecture (2016)
Focusing on shapes while teaching architecture to K&1 seem to be a perfect fit. Around Christmas and during winter adds a whole other creative layer for students! I Can identify the shapes in my artwork. I Can tell you what an architect does. Day 1: Intro t...

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Color Mixing Cookies
 Back in December I posted about how I was incorporating more play into my art room especially with K and 1 students, you can read it  here .  This lesson with K&1 was another where I loaded on the play. So much so, my students thought I was crazy. I Can mi...

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Australian Aboriginal Dot Art (2016)
This project was a total hit last year so I used it again with 3rd grade. Check out the original post with lesson break down here .  The only thing I changed was paint distribution. I have 3oz cups with lids and I put one of each color on a tray and a stick...

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Royal Self-Portraits with 1st Grade
 I usually do the same projects for K&1 but for the start of the year I like to do the Ain't Gonna Paint project with my kinders. So, while kindergarten was painting all over themselves, first grade became royal! I can use details in my self-portrait that m...

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2016 Yearbook Covers
Our school district has a tradition of our 4th grade students designing the yearbook cover for the district's joint elementary yearbook that includes our four elementary schools. All 4th grade students create a cover and then myself and the other elementary...

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Observational Leaf Drawings and Play in the Art Room
I'll admit it, the title of this post sounds a little contradicting but I've been inspired to try a new way of teaching with my kindergarteners and first graders and hopefully I'll inspire you to try the same! I Can draw leaves that look realistic. Day 1: D...

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2nd Grade Artist Books, Updated!
Here is a look at the "Artist Book" I created for my second graders to use each time they are introduced to a new artist. Second grade curriculum is all focused on artists so this is a great way to track what they learned.   The two updates on this are when...

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"Ain't Gonna Paint No More" Self-Portraits (2016)
I've done this project quite a few times now and it's still my favorite way to start the year with Kindergarten. Check out lots of posts on this project  via this post . The portraits are inspired by one of my favorite books "I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!" w...

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Matisse Paper Cutouts (2016)
This is a favorite project for me that will probably be a repeat every year---it's a good way to get my 2nd graders to just relax! Check out my previous posts for this project here and here . Made a few big changes to the project including a pretty big emph...

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Happy Halloween!
Holidays are my favorite way to play catch up with classes that are behind on projects for one reason or another....and I also LOVE excuses to dress thematically.  That would be me making the tongue sticking out--winky face. Does anyone else work with aweso...
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