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…

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…

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…

Chihuly Paintings

Chihuly’s Sculpture Paintings   Second grade learned about world famous American glass artist Dale Chihuly. They learned that Chihuly was involved in a car accident that made him blind in one eye making it difficult for him to continue making glass sculptures. But he didn’t let that stop him, now he makes collaborative sculptures with…

Leader in Me Superheroes

2nd Grade Superheroes Materials: 80lb sulfite paper. 9X12 or 12X18 or watercolor paper black crayons oil pastels watercolor paint (we used liquid) Our school is starting the Leader in Me program so I thought I could have the second graders draw themselves not just as leaders but as superhero leaders! We talked about the seven…

Near and Far Seascape

2nd Grade Visual Arts Near and Far Seascape Second grade learned about the element of art SPACE and the idea of PERSPECTIVE. They learned to create a sense of depth in their picture. By using the foreground, middleground, and background in an image we can show that an object if farther away by making it…

Jim Dine Hearts

Jim Dine Hearts 2nd Grade learned about American Pop artist Jim Dine and created their own hearts inspired by his work! They learned that Jim Dine loved to work with repetition, patterns, bright colors, and texture. They used watercolor resist technique to create these colorful hearts. 2nd Grade Jim Dine Hearts Supplies: 8X11 white sulphite…

Catching Snowflakes

This is one of my favorite lessons. I don’t repeat many lessons but this is one that I did last year and again this year. Every student feels successful with this project and I get so many compliments from teachers and parents! I think this will be one of my staples that I do every…

Where the Wild Things Are

This lesson turned out to be possibly my favorite thing I have done with my students. It was the first lesson I did after coming back after maternity leave and it took months but it ended up being totally worth it. Each monster that the kids imagined came out so creative and unique. I did…

Paper Bag Turkeys

As an elementary art teacher I get asked to do art for special projects a lot. When it fits into my plans I love to help out. The cafeteria asked me to have the kids make some decorations for the thanksgiving lunch that parents attend. Last year I had the kids make pumpkins. This year…