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…

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…

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 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…

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…

Matisse’s Goldfish

3rd Grade Lesson: For this lesson, I read my third grade students the book “A Bird or Two”. We talked about the beautiful bright colors Matisse uses and what inspired him. Then we discusses the three dimensional shape, the cylinder. We looked at a cylinder and how it was a circle when you looked directly at…

Royal Pooches

Royal Pooches This is a project I did with 3rd grade and some 4th and 5th graders. It is based on a Deep Space Sparkle lesson that I adapted for watercolor/oil pastel resist. At the beginning of my lesson I showed the students how to draw several breeds of dogs and then I gave them handouts…

Charlie Harper Cardinals

A twist on traditional cardinals, students viewed Charley Harper’s highly stylized animal illustrations for inspiration. INTRO: Use the document camera to show students pages from Charlie Harper ABC’s and 123’s books. Focus on the pages with birds. After viewing several works by Charley Harper ask students  to describe his style (bold, simple, colorful, and whimsical.)…

Reaching for the Stars Mural

School wide collaborative project: Reaching for the Stars I wanted to start the school year with a collaborative collage mural to give the students a sense of teamwork and unity for the start of the school year. It also helped me as a first time art teacher starting out with one project using simple supplies….