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Here is a list of Art Projects for elementary aged children:
1. Create a Rain Forest Environment by twisting brown butcher paper into =
tree trunks and branches (usually in a corner); make large leaves and =
flowers to hang from the branches; makes Rainforest animals, birds, =
reptiles and insects to add to the tree. This can spread around the =
room as far as you have room. =20
2. For Chinese New Year: Dragon drawing; Tiger, if year of tiger, =
etc......Using watered-down black tempera (instead of ink) paint large =
Chinese letters (samples on board) - giving several choices.
3. To teach perspective, draw overlapping landscape then paint in =
4. At Halloween, I do a Native American unit that includes making a =
choice of four Native American masks using tagboard, colored paper, =
markers, sequins, yarn, beads and feathers...they get a lot of choice as =
how to finish their own mask. (Often some of the children are too poor =
to afford Halloween costumes and this helps to fill the gap. I ask for =
donations to display in the hall of the masks and the other artwork we =
have done (drawings of birds, animals, fish and Native Americans =
primarily), one from each student...that way if they want to keep their =
mask, they can. =20
5. At Halloween, I also draw a bat and a witch with the students. =
(Art, not "cute." I don't do "cute.") =20
6. Still life =3D set up some plants where all can see.
7. At Christmas, as at all Holidays, I try to be very neutral. Santa =
Claus is Father Christmas, a sorcerer, a wizard, etc......I do a =
Reindeer (or a deer), an angel, a cardinal, a nutcracker and a =
ballerina. Nothing "cute." Or controversial. The children Love It! =
And again, some are poor and this is the only gift that they will have =
8. For the Fourth of July: Uncle Sam, Statue of Liberty, Rockets =3D =
Space drawings, Eagle in front of flag.
9. When introducing watercolor, I pick easy subjects: Cactus in a =
desert landscape, Angelfish, Whale, Flowers (tulip, pansy, sunflower).
These are just a few of lessons that have worked for me. It's meant to =
help some of you, not start a controversy. Linda
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