Category Archives: Art Lessons

Inspiration Games

Sometimes it’s hard to know where our inspiration comes from. We see, hear and react to things all the time, non-stop. It’s a blur! I thought it would be fun to turn getting inspiration into a series of games (spinners, dice … Continue reading

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Art x 3 = U

The Creative Arts students participated in a collaborative art making experience designed around the theme: celebrity.  These collaborative works of art were created by the combined aesthetic decisions and contributions of three different students, who were known to each other … Continue reading

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Images inspire Words; Words inspire Images: Short Story Blog Posts

Inspiration and ideas come from everywhere….it’s sensory and stimulating – and it’s what makes life so interesting!! This lesson idea came from a variety a wonderful conversations with colleagues and a children’s book called, Patches.  I set out to develop … Continue reading

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Seasons in Light – part 2

Here are some of our cut paper lanterns! Hope you like these as much as I do. Click here to see the artists that I showed my students for inspiration. Contact me at karen@karenkiick.com if you’d like a copy of … Continue reading

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50 Artists Everyone Should Know!

Every year I expose my students to art history in a variety of ways. We look at specific artists (past and present) that are appropriate for a specific assignment. But, I also try to provide them with an understanding of … Continue reading

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Painting with Kids!

Twenty three years of making art with kids has allowed me to learn a few things along the way! Man-O-Man, I love a good system…and having one for painting sure makes the job a lot easier. I thought I’d share … Continue reading

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Seasons in Light

My students are currently designing a paper lantern that is inspired by a season. I am having them approach it like a design challenge!  In addition to the imagery of their cut designs, the students must also design the lantern’s … Continue reading

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Cast Your Vote!

Today is election day! For the past three weeks, my students have been working on a mixed media collage as a visual means of “casting their vote” for the next president or “taking a stand” on an issue pertinent to … Continue reading

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Our Dinner Party Brunch

Beginning in March, my students learned about Judy Chicago’s, “The Dinner Party”. For our ceramics unit, the students were required to create a three piece place setting that was a symbolic tribute to a significant person in their life. That … Continue reading

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Artist Research

I created a new mid-term assessment project this year. My students had to select one artist to research from those we discussed in the 500 years of the portrait lesson.  The students were required to create a biographical research blog … Continue reading

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