Art can accompany "serious" work. It's is not only engaging, but can open an opportunity for other modes of learning.
Your students can create paper wallets from a normal piece of paper, with minimal cutting and one piece of tape. It creates a durable, seamless, useable, write-onable, minimalist wallet.
Experiment with different paper sizes for different sized wallets.
Painting Trick from Tim's Vermeer
The move Tim's Vermeer shows how Tim Jenison duplicated Vermeer's painting style using a mirror to monitor parts of the picture. By placing a small, fixed mirror above the canvas at a 45-degree angle, he is able to view parts of the original image and the canvas simultaneously, and obtain a precise color match
Jon Gianelli shows how your students can duplicate that process using a mirror from a dollar store makeup compact, a dowel from home depot, and some books and painters tape to hold it all into place.
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Here's an example of combining art and photography into something special.
Variations on this project include using your school mascot, images cut out of magazines, or photographs of fellow classmates – one large and one very small.
Can use these ideas to talk about perspective and the way we perceive the world.
Toilet Paper Roll Craft
Using only some toilet paper rolls and some non-toxic paint, you can make awesome creatures for Halloween decorations. Chances are you already have the materials you need in the classroom. Have your students come up with ideas for creatures for other holidays or seasons.
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How To Make An Anime Version of Yourself
This tutorial from Jk Alombro shows you the steps to turn a photograph into an anime character.
While using Photoshop, you should be able to replicate this method with any image editing software that supports layers.
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Similar to Tim's Vermeer's trick, this simple to make project can help your students, allowing them to easily draw something from their phone screen. The materials are usually free: some cardboard and a CD case or other piece of transparent plastic.
The principle is that picture on the phone screen is partially reflected by transparent plastic. When you look from top, you can see reflected picture appears "on the paper".
Rather than just copy the image, encourage your students to change it up in some way and make it their own.
The eyes of the Mona Lisa blink when you enter the Incredible Art Department. At this site are lesson plans and software tools. Great source for art teachers as well as teachers in other subjects looking for class projects for the artsy students.
Silk is hard to describe. It's called an on-line interactive generative artwork. The easiest way to explain it is to just go to the site and start drawing something. If you draw something you like, you can save the picture and share the results.
There are a lot of online resources available where you can change, enhance and make funny photo editing without knowing and program like Photoshop. Here is a collection of free photo editing services, featuring everything from simple photo cleanup and enhancement to fun artistic effects.
Elmers's has created simple recipes for creating colorful slime, glittery and non-glittery, using a few common household ingredients.
Students of all ages will enjoy this project. For older students, have them to research how glue, baking soda, and contact lens solution interact to become slime.
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Draw3D is a simple site but fun, and includes on-line drawing lessons. Created by Mark Kistler, Public Television's favorite drawing teacher.
Free for individuals and low cost for classes or schools, ToonDoo allows you and your students to easily create 1, 2 or 3-panel comic strips with simple mouse clicks and drag ‘n drop. Students can customize their strips with their own photos and characters.
This archived web site hosts a set of well-chosen links in both art and music for this student population. While many of the resource are no longer available on-line, sites like Archive.org preserve the these resources for future generations.
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