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Kristen Applebee
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Cyanotype Mural
A couple of months ago, my art students made a giant cyanotype mural which served as a backdrop for our Spring Art Show, and remains on the school lobby wall.  Emily Gomez, photography professor at Georgia College, introduced them to this process.  To make ...

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Botanical Illustrations
Botanical Illustrations are a perfect marriage of science and art.
Accurate detail for each part of the plant is essential for a good
illustration. My school's horticulture teacher, Keith Blackwell, let me
bring students to the green house at the beginni...

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Paper Bead and Paper Clip Jewelry
  Paper Beads With Mother's Day a week away, I thought my students would enjoy making a their moms gifts, so we made paper beaded jewelry.   I got out old wall-paper books and we cut long triangular strips, about 15"-18" long, and 1/2"-3/4" wide). The longe...

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Cinco de Mayo Decorations
Cinco de Mayo is upon us. I celebrated by teaching my students to make two inexpensive and easy crafts: papel picado and sombrero decorations. For the sombreros I hot glued upside-down Styrofoam cups to plates. The students decorated these by spray painting...

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Hooray for May Day!
May 1st is May Day is International Workers Day to celebrate rights of
laborers, but it is also an a spring celebration dating back at least
four hundred years, complete with music and May Poles. The May basket
tradition that I remember as a child, is on...

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Paper Moon Project
The minute I found out that this year's prom was going to be at the Museum of Aviation with a "Fly Me to the Moon!" theme, I knew I wanted to build a paper moon photo booth.  These were popular
in the 1920's when people would pay 5 cents to get a picture o...

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Story Quilt
The thing about quilting projects is that they can be used to teach a wide variety of subjects from Math to Art History and American history.  I grew up in the heart Amish country, Pennsylvania where the quilting tradition runs deep. Here in the south, it s...

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Line Month in My Classroom: Wire Quilt & String Art
As an artist, I sometimes feel sorry for mathematicians and their limited definition of the line. Lines in art can curve, wiggle, wave, zig, zag, and have three dimensions. Tangible lines are more meaningful to my blind students, who I walk around the room ...

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Trash to Super Star Stevie
It may not look like diaper box and cookie bag at first glance, but look past the surface of this portrait of a star and you'll see hair made from spiral binding and foam, and sunglasses made from comb binding and plastic bag.  This project was born out of ...

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Field Trip: Photography and Printmaking Workshops
Georgia College and State University treated my students like royalty on our recent field trip to their Art Department. We observed a sculpture class and painting class, did a workshop with photography, relief prints and screen prints. When I asked if we co...
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