Category Archives: Art Teaching

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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Doing is renewing

It’s been a really long time since my last post. I’m back and am approaching the summer with the motto: doing is renewing. Eager to see what develops. Happy summer.  

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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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Stars are in the Air

As a “Kiick-Off” to our middle school Art is Elemental fire/air unit, we looked at some famous skies in art history. Each of my current sixth and seventh grade students received a 2 inch square cut from Starry Night and … Continue reading

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