Students in both of my buildings are participating in the ATC exchange with Mini Matisse over on blogspot. I decided to structure the cards around particular lessons so that students would be exposed to artist or concepts by grade level and then able to prepare their card with some specific parameters. Fourth graders investigated the artistic style of Laurel Burch, folk artist, who was propular within the last 40 years or so for her whimsical jewelry designs and other commercial items. Students were drawn to the colors and patterns and jumped right in to develope their own individual ideas for their subject matter. Burch is most well known for her cats but has also included other animals in her work. Students choose cats, horses, dogs, unicorns from stencils I had prepared ahead of time. A few creative individuals dabbled with their own personal ideas. The backgrounds were created using coffee filters. Students drew a variety of geometric shapes. These were squirted with water. Students watched in amazement as they discovered the shapes were morphing into organic shapes. Finally, a way to truly demonstrate the differences in geometric and organic shapes. The results were breathtakingly beautiful. We have stashed away the left over scraps for future projects, these were too beautful to throw away!