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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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Clay Modelling

Clay figurines inspired by a visit to the Metropolitan Museum NYC The inspiration for this project comes from the ancient Chinese figurines at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC. At the Museum, I found so many things to be inspired by: people dancing, animals in a pen, animals/birds figurines and many more beautiful terracotta small characters. This is an easy and fun way to do clay modelling. Ideally the clay pieces sho
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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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Light Projection

Light projection is great fun for students to do, it provides them the opportunity to create transparencies involving elements, like shapes, colours, lines and textures to be projected using an overhead projector and to use computers to manipulate the images they have created. This project also deals with the idea of an imaginary or abstract composition which makes students to think, to plan, to be creative, to disco
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Papier-mâché Masks videos

We have an excellent video on making Papier-mâché masks which is up on our Youtube channel, or you can watch the first instalment right here, both parts are on the Brava Art Press Youtube channel. This Project uses the face as a vehicle for expression to create a 3D character and develop a better understanding of other people and cultures. To read more detailed instructions go to our tutorials page.
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The Colours of Autumn

  For people who live down under, Autumn is already here, and it is the perfect time to be inspired by the “Change”. Nature changes, trees start turning and the sun light feels pale and soft. We also dress and eat differently, pumpkin soups, pumpkin pies, roasted carrots and many other pre winter fruit and vegetables. Autumn is also the perfect time to go for a walk and find things that inspire us to
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