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Paul Klee Castle Collage

Posted by Gary Wong on

Paul Klee Castle Collage

    Red Balloon, 1922 by Paul Klee Paul Klee was an important painter in the history of modern art. I have always been drawn to his colorful, abstract pictures. Children can relate to the simple geometric shapes and bold colors. His art has been related to Expressionism, Cubism and Surrealism.   Castle and Sun, 1928 by Paul Klee[/caption] Swiss artist Paul Klee painted the Castle and Sun with simplified shapes, but viewers can easily see the way the shapes form a castle or city-like scene. For this lesson, we are going to paint colorful swatches of color and cut...

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Spirals, Flowers and Patterns: Learning about Hundertwasser

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Spirals, Flowers and Patterns: Learning about Hundertwasser

"A good picture is when the picture is full of magic, when you can feel the happiness in it, when it makes you laugh or cry, or when it makes something happen.  It should be like a flower or a tree.  It should be like Nature.  It should be that we miss it when it isn't there."  Hundertwasser Friedensreich Hundertwasser believed that nature and beauty was the key to happiness.  He was born Fritz Stowasser but created his "artist name" to be Friedensreich (the German words for peace and kingdom) Hundertwasser ("wasser" means water in German). He loved nature and...

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Piet Mondrian Dab and Dot Art Project

Posted by Chris Tolford on

Piet Mondrian Dab and Dot Art Project

Piet Mondrian was an important and influential abstract painter.  But did you know his early work was mostly realistic paintings, often of trees and flowers? He developed his abstract style over the years and his artwork became increasingly simplified until there were no recognizable objects in his art, only shapes and colors. His art was influenced by the Cubists. After seeing an art exhibition by Picasso and Braque, he started making his own geometric abstract paintings. In his later art, he began using only the primary colors (red, yellow and blue), black and white.  He wanted to use only pure...

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Dab and Dot Markers great for use in speech/language therapy

Posted by Chris Tolford on

I love these dab and dot markers and so do my students!  We use them in our speech and language therapy sessions.  They keep my students motivated to complete tasks that are challenging for them.  For example, when working on targeted speech sounds, students will practice words/senteces/etc. with their sound in it and then get to choose a color to dab and dot on a picture.  There are many materials that have been created by Speech-Language Pathologists on a website called teachers pay teachers that have dot art targeting specific speech sounds.  These dab and dot markers are great for...

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Dab and Dot Markers - The Artsy Perspective

Posted by Emily Scott on

Dab and Dot Markers - The Artsy Perspective

Go to the 21st Century Dictionary, look up the word Geek, and you will find a picture of someone who looks just like me. Well... perhaps not as cool, slim and stylish, but just like me in most other ways. I live a very technical, IT-saturated life; many hours, every day, in front of the ol' monitor. A digital Left Brain Mecca, so to speak. For some of those hours, I like to rent out my wide spread of IT skills, slowly and consistently developed over decades of exposure to all things in the computing world. One day, on a...

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