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Students who finish their work early

There are many things students can make in a short time to keep them occupied until the end of the lesson.
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A Papier Maché Legion

What fun it is to create these characters out of plastic drinking bottles and paper. This activity offers students lots of possibilities; to create anything they like to imagine.
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Architecture Inspired Construction Ideas

Architecture has been the inspiration for many of our projects. Modern architecture is an important source of inspiration and learning for us. We find in architecture many aspects that can be explored like patterns, lines, shapes textures, building materials like glass, steel and concrete. In many instances there is a connection between architecture and nature for example the Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona Sp
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Drawing with ink

Drawing is very important for different reasons. Designers create drawings to sketch preliminary ideas down when designing, so do architects and engineers. Many people also enjoy drawing but many others are afraid of putting pen to paper. Drawing is an activity that very young children love to do. My grand- daughters started drawing before they turned one-year-old. Drawing with felt pens has become a very important a
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Pots and Pans Young Children – Painting Greys

Having fun and learning about tone What a fun thing to do, learning how to mix different tones of grey inspired by the pots, pans and other utensils from the kitchen. Young children love different approaches to art, different challenges and the different ways we teachers present ideas to them. This art experience presented the young students with the unexpected, pots and pans from the kitchen in the classroom and the
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Collaged Pizza boxes and textile pizzas/friendships cushions

Many times I have heard other teachers saying, “somebody gave me a pile of this or that, what I am going to do with all this? “I was in a similar situation when a parent came to the classroom with a big number of flat pizza boxes, my first thought was also, what can I do with it? I have never rejected a donation, no matter how big or how small. I keep everything but I do try to use our bits and bobs as so
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Folding Architecture – Paper Construction

A fun lesson to learn and to have fun creating and experimenting with paper and lots of imagination. This lesson on paper construction is ideal for students to create, to experiment and to use their imagination working with paper. Students are encouraged  to make flat shapes and lines, and to transform them into 3D shapes, by folding, gluing and fastening with staples or tape. It also offers the opportunity to create
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Useful Tips: Printmaking for all – a Mini Lesson

Multilayered Repetition Foam Print Time to think of greeting cards, gift paper and other goodies that can be made using these very easy and economical printmaking techniques. Printmaking is a great technique that can be done at home or at school. A printing block can be printed on different surfaces like paper, calico bags, paper bags, big sheets of paper to create beautiful gift wrapping paper and many other applica
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Useful Tips – Art on a Shoe String

Teaching Art on a Shoe String Here are some ideas that I’d like to contribute: how to source art materials in order to provide art experiences in the classroom with a small budget. Whether you teach, TAB or Direct Instruction, there are always teachers out there who struggle to get the necessary funds for their Art programs. I love to use recycled materials in my classroom. To find recycled materials  takes som
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