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Oil Pastels

Similar to dry pastels, oil pastels or oils crayons are great art tools to work with as they are soft, rich and colourful. One of the differences between the two kinds of pastels, is the way the oil pastels (crayons) blend. This blog is about drawing with oil crayons using short strokes, using either similar colours or very different colours, to create the illusion of colour blending. There are several ways to use oi
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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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Print making tips

How to set up the classroom for a printmaking activity Many teachers find printmaking messy and difficult to manage in the classroom.  From simple printing techniques as card printing to more complex techniques like linocut printing, the setting can be the same. The first task that the teacher will be confronted with is establishing an appropriate work area. The printmaking process is best supported by arranging the
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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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Wrap around, wrap around: Sticks, yarns and fun

Primary/Elementary/Early Childhood A fun activity to do at the end of the year or any time. Going for a treasure hunt in the garden is something young children love. My two and half years old granddaughter loves to come with me when I invite her to go for a treasure hunt, so this activity can be adjusted to different age groups. I found that wrapping around sticks with yarns is a meditative activity that results on t
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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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Cartoons in 3D

Clay cartoons in 3D

Clay—Cartoons in 3 dimension deals with facial expressions and a sense of humour. It is a fun project that young students love, as using clay is one of the most popular art techniques. This art project can be approached in two ways. The first being adopting a cartoon style and the second is creating a clay model based on members of the community such as politicians, sport heroes, your teacher or even a favourite movi
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Mixed Media Painting/Collage

Mixed media painting/collage is a very exciting painting project for primary school children appealing to those as young as five years of age. This tutorial presents an opportunity to use your imagination to create a composition in collage form, using different materials and paint on canvas. This project can be approached in different ways using various themes for inspiration. The theme for this particular project is
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Children and their Art

Children and their Art

I could write for years about my experience teaching art to young children. I have been fascinated by children’s visual language, their imagination, their bold approach to art and by their endless creativity. Here I present a video to tell the story how this passion for advocating Art Education for young children began and why I began Brava Art Press, the website that I have created to give back to educators and pare
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