Art in school

03
Apr

Free Mini Art Lesson for Children: “La Piñata” by Diego Rivera

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Diego Rivera was born in Mexico in 1886. He lived most of his life in Mexico, where he painted murals showing Mexican culture. His murals are similar in some ways to ancient Mayan stellae. He was married to another painter, Frida Kahlo. Rivera incorporated many interests into his paintings, including science, medicine, archaeology, political history, […]

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03
Apr

Free Mini Art Lesson for Children: “Beasts of the Sea” by Henri Matisse

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Henri Matisse was born in France in 1869. At 20, Matisse was planning to become a lawyer. His studies were interrupted by an attack of appendicitis. During his long convalescence, Matisse began to paint and was encouraged to study art instead. Matisse wanted to express himself with color and shape rather than with realistic shading […]

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03
Apr

Free Mini Art Lesson for Children: “Snowy Scene” by Hiroshige

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Ando Hiroshige was born in Edo, Japan (now Tokyo) under the name Ando Tokutaro. His father was a fire chief, and Hiroshige was also a fireman before becoming a professional artist. As a child, he liked to sketch. Hiroshige was a painter and printmaker of the Ukiyo-e genre of art. These artists made woodblock prints […]

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03
Apr

Free Mini Art Lesson for Children: “Northern Humpback Whale”

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This lesson focuses on a photograph, “Northern Humpback Whale.” In the lesson you will learn to make a 3-D whale while learning about photography, endangered species and whales. Download this free whale mini art lesson. Art in Action is a national nonprofit that creates comprehensive, easy-to-teach visual arts curriculum for Kindergarten through 8th grade students.  […]

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03
Apr

Free Mini Art Lesson for Children: “Animals Like Us” For Lunar New Year

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For Lunar New Year, celebrate our connection with animals with a fun sheep art project based on discussions of French artist Jean Dubuffet’s The Cow with a Subtle Nose. The sheep is one of 12 animal signs from the Chinese zodiac that is determined by the lunar calendar. It is believed people born in a particular […]

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03
Apr

Free Mini Art Lesson for Children: Dia De Los Muertos

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Dia de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead,” is a Mexican holiday celebrated in early November where families remember their loved ones who have passed away. The holiday is not a sad one, but rather a lively festival to celebrate those who have died. The holiday has ancient roots in indigenous cultures, especially Aztec, […]

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02
Mar

5 Art Fundraising Ideas

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5 ART FUNDRAISING IDEAS Fundraising is a great way to help support your school’s art program. Listed here are 5 art fundraising ideas that offer excellent opportunities for parents to become involved and raise funds! DonorsChoose and Art Room Aid connect teachers with willing donors. To boost your chances of being funded, choose materials that total between $100 […]

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05
Dec

Lessons Learned from Sandpiper Elementary School

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“If we didn’t have Art in Action, we wouldn’t have art at all.” Nancy Murray, Kindergarten Teacher For the past ten years all Kindergarten through fifth grade students at Sandpiper Elementary School in Redwood Shores, California have benefited from the Art in Action program. We recently spoke with Kindergarten Teacher Nancy Murray, Docent Josephine Pai, […]

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05
Dec

Reflections of the Season

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It’s always a good time to count our blessings. Fortunately for me, I am doing just fine. I feel healthy most of the time, even though when I get up in the morning I have some aches and pains. But at least I get up. My wife and I always seem so busy, but I […]

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17
Oct

A Camp Trophy Sets Path for Creativity

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I won. I got the award for arts and crafts at Triangle Acres summer day camp. It was a very happy day for me. “Uncle” Harry, my arts counselor, said he was proud of me because I tried everything, never gave up and had a great attitude. I have never forgotten Uncle Harry. He influenced […]

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