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Chinese New Year Art


2014 is the Year of the Horse and the Chinese will be celebrating on January 31st.  Several of my classes will be creating Chinese New Year inspired art over the next couple of weeks.  I’ll post some examples of their projects here.  I have step-by-step photos for some of the projects as well.

Kinders will be creating some simple dragon puppets and working on fine motors skills and cutting some pretty intricate lines.  They will also be using the accordion fold to make the torso of their dragon.
First graders are also making dragons but they are making their own heads and creating the body out of a paper chain.









With Third Graders, after discussing Chinese New Year traditions vs. American New Year traditions, I give them a piece of paper and we draw dragons but they don’t know that they are drawing dragons at first.  I just give them instructions to draw a triangle at the top of the paper, then draw a triangle at the bottom.  Connect the two triangles with a curvy line.  After we draw in the details of the head they will guess what we are drawing and then I can show them my finished example.  We discuss pattern and they have to create the body using only lines, shapes, and colors in a pattern symmetrically on each side of the center line of the dragons body.  They can add wings and a background as well.  I was really pleased to see some of them using other objects we had discussed, like the red lanterns.20140108-122506.jpg




Second graders will be doing some paper lantern art, found on Pinterest, but it only leads to a picture.  Let me know who I can give credit, if you know!

And fourth grade will be making some Chinese scroll paintings in the next couple of weeks.

Looking forward to seeing all of these awesome projects hung together!



Aaaand BOOM, I’m back from a two(+) week hiatus. It’s been Christmas-ing all over the place and then we rang in the new year and I blinked my eyes and it was time to go back to work. Let the COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER begin!!!

But first, I’ll show you what I’ve been up to these past few weeks…

I decorated my house for Christmas! (Did you think I was going to show you art stuff?)

We attended a gingerbread house decorating party – SO much fun!


I went on a Christmas tour of homes and saw a piece of artwork that a former student did in my class! (Validation feels so good!)IMG_6110

Went on a behind the scenes tour of Johnson and Wales University and had an amazing meal made for me and my DKG sisters.IMG_6121


Had breakfast with my hubby and tiny coffee cups!IMG_6147

Gave our wish lists to Santa (at Tractor Supply!?)

Katy asked for soft chewy treats and a new coat!IMG_6153

Organized some of my paint!IMG_6156

Made snowman pancakes with bacon accessories! IMG_6159

Went to Lowe’s. (They didn’t mean to dress alike but the smaller one was thrilled.)IMG_6215

Took naps.IMG_6229

Looked at pictures of snow – because we sure didn’t get any here.IMG_6253

And last, but not least, celebrated the new year with the bffs!

IMG_6235Life is good and they are calling for freezing rain and snow this week so the last picture I will share is this:


I hope you all had a fantastic break and are ready for the next 5 months.  ❤

New Year, New Look


Like the changes?  Nothing drastic, but I did what I could do with my limited, basic access to my set up.  I also cut my hair. 🙂  Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and a fun New Year.  May the remainder of the school year go as fast as the beginning. Cheers!


PS – I have a button/badge now!  (I think)


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