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MONDRIAN

You can use this technique with basically any shape! I've seen it done with animal shapes even! Try a star since we're all stars! You can either prep with all the pieces apart OR pre tape the shape before you go in, it's up to you and how you see is best for your classroom. I would definitely recommend cutting the shape and if you're going to have them tape the lines then give them a few strips hanging off their desk before the craft starts! You don't have to do tape either, you can do the lines in marker as well . If you need supplies contact the art masterpiece coordinator. 

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DEGAS

Degas was often inspired by dance. This one in particular the girls will love! Decorating and coloring a ballerina! Tissue paper , glue, crayons and this print out is all you need. You can prep ahead of time by cutting tissue paper into squares or have the students cut their own tissue paper it's up to you! The prep for this craft is low! And how fun is it to mix coloring and tissue paper?! 

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HICKS

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Hicks liked to depict farms! This is a great opportunity to create farm animals! Who doesn't love picking a cute animal to create!? We have model magic clay in the art closet now and this is perfect for the pictured craft! Have the students first draw their farm scene on a paper... then they can mold the animal of their choosing much like the piggy in the picture! At the end you glue it to their scene and you have an adorable piece of art. You may need to allot some extra time or split in two days if you want , or just have helpers for this one in class. The clay comes in pre packaged bags so it's easy peasy to start! Our clay is white only however, so a separate day to paint their animal may be in order! 

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Another Hicks project with the farm animal trend could be something that can still give you a 3D cute animal!! Styrofoam cup animals! Can you imagine how cute these will be at the art walk!? Click the button below for instructions and list of items needed! 

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STUART 

Have the students try their own hand at painting George Washington! Give them the outline and paints and see how they paint George Washington! Tell them to add background scenery and all!! 

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If you're looking for just a patriotic craft to do instead of going the George Washington route, you could do a patriotic star suncatcher!! Spectrum loves the red, white and blue and you can hang these from the ceiling during the art walk!  

You'll need : 
1.Wax Paper 
2.Glue Sticks ((DO NOT DO LIQUID GLUE!))
3.Construction paper in blue, red or black 

4. Tissue paper in RED and Blue 

Each studen will need TWO pieces of wax paper to adhere their tissue paper onto. Make sure they glue it on the waxy side. 

You can precut the stars (If someone has a cricut they could help you with this so it's easier - email the committee to find out!) Or you can cut or have the students cut the stars. It's your preference. I would recommend having precut stars so it gives the students more time to worry about the inside of their sun catcher.  

Once the student has their design in down, sandwhich the wax paper together and you glue the star piece on one side as the border. You can iron them or if you have a laminator you can put them in the laminator, just do NOT use liquid glue it will kill you laminator! I ended up going home and ironing them. 

Add ribbon at the end and you have some pretty patriotic suncatchers! 

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KLEE

Known for cubism Klee is the perfect time to create a very cute city scape with the kids! Use this chance to also play with pastels and watercolor. This is a favorite technique, easy and fun! Watch the instructional video below for more info. 

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Gainsborough

Take this opportunity to do a full body self portrait! There are different ways that you can do this. You can do a person print out and have them decorate the person with different mediums (i.e. yarn for hair, fabric clothing, markers to color and draw features etc...) Make sure you encourage the students to create a background too!! 

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I think kids of all ages thoroughly enjoy designing their own lego minifigure! So this is another way to do full body self portrait that you can use!!! colored pencils or crayons should do the trick! 

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DURER

Durer is known for his Renaissance art and he also did copper printing. Why not combine the two and make some jewelry!? Follow the link below for instructional guide. 

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Can we take a moment to adore these cute bunnies!? One of Durer's famous pieces is of a hare and I am just trying to find a reason to create these with students! For 1st graders I would have them color a sheet of paper with whatever design they want first then have them doodle their bunny cut and paste on stop of the pretty paper they already did! You can have some pre cut glasses to help with time. Below are the templates for bunnies and glasses. These are going to be so precious!