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Alma Thomas Mosaics


I came across Alma Woodsey Thomas a couple years ago and loved her abstract work. I decided to have my 6th graders create a paper mosaic in the same style and I always have several that come out beautifully. I try to teach them that the key is to be consistent. All the pieces need to be close in size, they need to be spaced evenly apart, and the colors need to be aesthetically pleasing. We only use paper from the scrap box and we definitely discuss the proper way to use glue. : )
Let me know what you think!

Starry, Starry Night


Love Starry Night and Vincent van Gogh and this has always been a favorite lesson of mine. We talk about how it’s all about the LINES LINES LINES in this picture. We also discuss all the colors he used and the way he depicted the wind. I’ve always used oil pastels with this project – I think they are the best medium to use with this!

Illuminated 4th Graders


I loved this project because it is personalized for each student, but they all follow the same set of guidelines and use the same materials. We discussed the history of illuminated letters and most of the kids knew what I was talking about before I really got past, “the extra big first letter of the first sentence…” We used a ruler to create the border first, then I had them use letters that I had already printed out, to trace. Then they had to weave something around their letter (like a vine, a snake, a dragon, or a chain) and then color with color pencil. They all came out so well and none of them were even remotely alike! I love it!