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…

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…

Chihuly’s Macchia Bowls First grade learned about world famous American glass artist Dale Chihuly. They made their own version of his Macchia bowl series using coffee filters! They used markers to add COLOR to their filters. Then we sprayed them with water to blend all the colors together. Finally we draped them over paint bottles…

Monet’s Frogs

1st Grade learned about the impressionist art movement and artist Claude Monet. They learned how to paint like Monet, with short little brushstrokes. We noticed that impressionist use more than one color to paint for each area of their painting. Water isn’t just blue, it has lots of colors in it! I started the lesson…

Playing with Piet and Philip in 1st Grade

PHILIP TSENG is an artist and illustrator in the city that I used to live in, beautiful San Diego. I saw this image above years ago, when i first when back to school to get my teaching licence to become an art teacher . I filed it away on my tumblr blog because I thought…

Winter Cardinals

My 1st graders made these charming collages of cardinals in a winter scene. One of my two schools that I teach at has a cardinal for the school mascot so this lesson was extra special for them. Materials: White paper black tempera paint scrapers red painted paper blue/grey paper white paint qtips – optional for…

Joan Miro People

1st Grade Joan Miro Fantasy People We learned about Joan Miro, a Spanish artist who studied in Paris, is best known for his whimsical abstracts. Many of his paintings combine lines and colors that create wonderful shapes that may or may not tell a story–depending on your perspective! We used the three primary colors, Blu…

1st Grade Pumpkins

1st Grade learned to mix their own WARM COLORS using yellow and red to create orange to paint their pumpkins. 1st grade also learned about TEXTURE. They learned that texture is used in art to show the viewer how something in their artwork might FEEL to the touch.   To make these adorable pumpkins my…

1st Grade Flowers

1st Grade made these beautiful watercolor resist flowers for our Square 1 Art fundraiser. Using oil pastels they started with a circle in the center and did a row of petals around the circle then a row of petals around that and so on. We looked at pictures and illustrations of flowers and I showed…

Snow Bear

1st Grade Snow Bear This is a fun one to two lesson for first grade. We started by doing a guided drawing along with me in pencil. Then they added patterns and details to the scarfs and hats. Then they outlined their drawings in Sharpies. They drew snowflakes in the sky first using a white oil…

Primary and Secondary Color Fish

1st Grade Color Theory Fish My first graders had a great time learning about the three primary colors and how to mix them to create secondary colors. I love teaching color mixing at this age because it is still magic to them. So many enthusiastic oohhs and ahhs while the kiddos mixed their paints. I…