End of the Year Origami

I needed a short lesson to do with my students on the last day that I had students for the year. I wanted something that used few supplies and created little mess since I was already packing up one of my two classrooms. Origami was a perfect solution! I don’t have tons of experience with…

Classroom and Management Procedures

Here is a peek into some management tools I use to run my classroom: ART REWARDS:   Each class is able to move a maximum of 3 spaces on the game board towards an art party. Pinned above the white board are 3 colored rectangles. The students start each class with all 3 squares. If…

Art Centers

Instructions for Art Centers Art centers are a great chance for students to explore techniques and supplies that I have taught them while giving them control of personal choice on subject matter. Students of every grade love to do this. I can use this as an assessment tool as well be observing how well the…

Brazilian Parrot Bottle Cap Mural

One of my school’s field day was themed for the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio. To honor the Rio Olympics I thought it would be cool for the whole school to build a collaborative mosaic mural of a Brazilian parrot! The kids collected bottle caps for me all last year but I ran out of…

Sea Turtles

3rd Grade Visual Art Sea Turtles Third grade started this lesson by reading “I’m the Best Artist in the Ocean” and noticed all the different styles the giant squid in the book could draw. Then we created our background by using the wet-on-wet watercolor technique. Then we did a salt technique where we sprinkled salt…

Our State Flower and Bird

4th Grade Visual Arts – Our State Flower and Bird This lesson makes a curriculum connection to 4th grade SOCIAL STUDIES, the history on North Carolina. We looked at the state bird and the state flower for this lesson. We also looked at the paintings of watercolor artist Hailey E Herrera who has painted many…

Wayne Thiebaud Cakes

5th Grade Wayne Thiebaud Cakes Fifth grade learned about famous artist Wayne Thiebaud who made a living creating stunning oil paintings of sweets. We used chalk pastel on colored construction paper to create our own version of his cakes. We learned about the elements of art form and value. We also learned blending techniques with…

Chihuly’s Macchia Bowls

  Fourth grade learned about world famous American glass artist Dale Chihuly. [Times photos: James Borchuck] They made their own version of his glass Macchia bowl series using plastic! They used a special kind of plastic, Dura-Lar Acetate Alternative, that hold it’s shape after heated up and cooled down, similar to glass. To create their…

Insect Sculptures

2nd Grade Insect Sculptures Second Grade learned that artists have been studying insects for centuries. Scientists even became artist so that they could draw more accurate pictures of the insects they were learning about. We also looked at artist Jennifer Angus who uses thousands of real bugs to create wallpaper like designs on gallery walls….

Showing Art in the Community

Again this year I collaborated with a local bank to have some of my talented students featured in the community. I believe it is so important to foster connections with the community to develop awareness and support for the arts locally. This is my second show with this bank. I hope these cheerful works of…

Kindergarten Wildflowers

    Day 1: Materials: neon tempera paint q-tips black 9X12 construction paper green oil pastels    First read book about how flowers grow Look at photographs of wildflowers discuss the colors and patterns we see. Have students draw overlapping green stems with oil pastel Put out a different color paint on each table Talk…

Chihuly’s Ikebana Sculpture

3rd grade Visual Art Chihuly’s Ikebana Sculpture Third grade learned about world famous American glass artist Dale Chihuly. They made their own version of his Ikebana sculpture series using recycled water bottles! They learned the art technique of decoupage and coated the bottles with warm or cool color tissue paper. The Ikebana series is inspired…