In 2014, Faber-Castell® Premium Children’s Art Products launched its first ever Marker Recycling Program. 100 Terracycle boxes were distributed to schools nationwide. These boxes are used to collect empty plastic marker barrels. When the boxes are full, the marker barrels are then sent to Terracycle where they find new lives as outdoor furniture, reclaimed jewelry, […]

“When you put together things that people have thrown out, you’re really bringing them to life – a spiritual life that surpasses the life for which they were originally created.” -Louise Nevelson 1899-1988 By Janis Doukakis   Vocabulary: Found objects – objects that originally had a different purpose, which the artist collected and used in […]

Fun lesson for Earth Day! By Janis Doukakis   Introduction: The goal of this exercise is for students to learn about the concept and use of warm and cool colors in a watercolor painting of their own. The Connector Paints are designed to click together in various creative combinations for interest and to encourage creativity. […]

By Janis Doukakis   Grade Level: 2nd – 5th grade   Time Required: Two 45 min. class periods   Objective: Students will explore the cultural significance of the Kachina Doll, and the role it plays in the lives of the Hopi Native American Indian Culture. Students will then create a Kachina doll drawing with a […]

By Janis Doukakis   “Art is a process, not a product. Where art is concerned, it is the process of creating—exploring, discovering, and experimenting, that has the greatest value. Through self-expression and creativity, children’s skills will develop naturally, and their ability to create will soar.” —MaryAnn F. Kohl   Objective: Students will experiment with a […]

By Janis Doukakis   “Nothing makes me so happy as to observe nature and to paint what I see.” —Henri Rousseau 1844-1910   Grade Level: 2nd – 6th grade   Time Required: three 45-min. class periods   Objective: Students become acquainted with Henri Rousseau’s life and art, and then create their own fantasy rain forest […]

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