Picasso Journal Page
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Picasso’s Blue Period paintings are great for seeing the emotional power of color. This project also asks students to draw themselves looking down and off the page to increase the forlorn look that Picasso’s art had at this time. Layering watercolor paint is a great way to add depth to the art. The print friendly pdf file for this lesson

René Magritte Journal Page
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René Magritte was a surrealism artist, famous for a number of paintings that challenge how we see things. You can challenge your students to express themselves with a magazine circle that is turned into an eye drawing. The print friendly pdf file for this lesson may be downloaded HERE. To see the entire series of Art Journal lessons compiled

Mondrian Journal Project
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The Dutch artist Piet Mondrian (1872–1944) lived the same time as Picasso, and was heavily influenced by his cubism work. I love how you can see the clear progression of Mondrian’s work in his tree paintings. The print friendly pdf file for this lesson may be downloaded HERE. To see the entire series of Art Journal lessons compiled to

Matisse Art Journal Page
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Did you know that Matisse and Picasso were good friends before they became rivals? That must have made for interesting times. All I know is that Matisse was a master of colors and patterns, and that look can be explored easily with marker, crayons and watercolors. The print friendly pdf file for this lesson may be downloaded HERE. To

CD Color Wheel
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I may try this extended color wheel with some of my older students this fall, specifically those that are working on their Recycled Art Journals. It would remind them of the basic layout of the wheel, but let them get a little creative too, especially if they add patterns or something. My giant stash of old CDs that I

A Negative Space Exercise
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I wanted to mix things up for my students this week, so I had them focus on the background of their art, or the negative space, instead of the positive. In honor of Sponge Bob, I declared it “Opposite Day”.
1. Students lightly traced a scissors onto a 6″ x 9″ sheet of paper, which is sized for the