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Bring Indigenous Culture into Your Art Lessons

Indigenous Art LessonsIncorporating the stories and culture of Indigenous people is important to us. It’s woven throughout our subject areas, but we often look for other places to provide opportunities to bring cultures together. Some years we’ve had several students who share their Cree and Dene cultures with us. Other years we’ve had no one in our classroom with a direct connection to our Indigenous people We want all of our students to feel connected to the history of our country and the people who were here first.

So, in what ways do we bring the Indigenous culture to our school and classroom? Continue Reading

Art Holidays and Seasonal Seasonal/Holiday Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day Love Trees

Valentine's Day Love TreesDo you need an activity that you can use to teach students about color while making something special for Valentine’s Day? Do you dread having to find something do for Valentine’s Day? Are you a Valentine’s Day fool? Or Scrooge? This is for you!

There are several variations to make this project listed below, but basically it’s a tree with heart-shaped leaves. Sounds great, right?

Who doesn’t need a heart-shaped leaf?

Recommended Materials: paper, water-soluble markers (Crayola and Mr. Sketch work best), watercolor paint, watercolor paintbrushes, coffee filters, ice cream pail lids or plastic plates, black thick marker (Sharpie works great), scissors,  glue, spray bottle.

Remember, these are just recommendations. Feel free to take the idea and use it with whatever you have available. Continue Reading

Art Christmas Holidays and Seasonal Seasonal/Holiday

Five Christmas Tree Projects

christmastreeLooking for a new twist on a Christmas tree art project. We’ve searched high and low to find and test out some of our favourites and here they are just for you!

When composing pieces like these we often encourage students to use an odd number of objects. We also ask them to have part of their drawing go off the page. Students have a page to use to practice the steps or skills before trying out their “good copy.” Give students direct instruction on how to use pastels, paint brushes or how to complete specific strokes. Don’t forget to teach students how to look after the different materials and resources.

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Art Christmas

Handmade Community Christmas Cards

christmascardsFor seven years we have been part of a proud tradition in our community. We make cards and deliver them to the houses and business all around our school community. We mail them to agencies and businesses involved with our school community.

Students collect all kinds of goodies like stickers, glitter, paper and old Christmas cards to upcycle them into new cards. Each student makes 2-3 cards so we have about 1500 cards to deliver during the month of December. Continue Reading

Art Historical Thinking Social Studies

Métis Storytelling Through Art

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Often we do not have the time to get deep into every outcome in our Program of Studies.  One of the best ways to teach children about different cultures is through art.

This is a lesson we’ve done with our students for years.

If you look for them, there are many books out there illustrated by Aboriginal artists of Canada.  Their artwork is inspirational and many students connect with the illustrations of these books.  They often depict the oral traditional stories of various groups of Aboriginal people and so they become invaluable in teaching students about the belief systems of other people in a creative way.  You can easily combine art and social studies!

 

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