Tag Archives: November

November Free Draw Challenges

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Here is November’s Free Draw Challenges!

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Gratitude Cafe

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Inspired by Jason Mraz and his thoughts on gratitude…

For the Thanksgiving season, my second graders discussed miniatures and how important detail can be in a work of art. They created miniature cornucopia collages and they turned out so vibrant and cute and I love them. With our crazy schedule in November, I have one Kindergarten class that is finished with one lesson and if I had started the next lesson with them this week, they would get even farther ahead of the other classes. So I decided to do a Thanksgiving Painted Paper Turkey. It’s a one-class deal and they turned out so great! Check out the results along with the colorful and thoughtful board they were hung on. : )

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A cool new DIY border I saw on Pinterest! Just take a long strip of bulletin board paper and cut into long 3-4″ wide strips. Accordion fold and scrunch then carefully pull apart and re-scrunch as you’re stapling around the boarder. It looked much better than I thought it would and it was way easy!!

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Delving into Dia De Los Muertos!

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One of my newest joys is teaching about Dia De Los Muertos or “Day of the Dead.” It is such a meaningful and colorful day with so much artistic influence in the celebrations. I am in love with sugar skulls and catrinas and yarn paintings!

My school has started a Spanish Club this year and the kids are learning to speak but they are also learning lots about the culture. Next week we will be painting faces and hopefully making some small art projects to go along with learning about the holiday. The bottom picture has four examples of the face painting they will get to choose from at the next meeting!

I’ve started talking about it with my first graders this week and we are making some calaveras. Here are some of the results. I’ll add more as we finish!

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