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…

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…

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…

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…

Snowmen Selfies

  4th Grade Multiple Perspective Snowmen Objective: Have students learn that they can create different compositions of the same object by looking at the object from different perspectives. Materials: 3 squares of grey construction paper rectangle construction paper oil pastels Directions Explain the concept of looking at the same object from different perspectives about how…

Tint and Shade Robots

4th and 5th Grade Tint and Shade  Robots My 4th and 5th graders worked really hard on these robots. It took them about 6 classes to finish in the end which was 3 months for us since I teach on an every other week schedule at two different schools. The students dedication payed off though…

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…

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…

Birds Eye View Snowmen

4th – Aerial View Snowmen Supplies: 12×12 piece of paper blue watercolor 12X18 paper with traced the 3 different sized circles little squares of cardboard – 4 per student scrap construction paper various colors We started with a 12×12 piece of paper for the background. We added snowflakes and swirls and dots with a white…

4th Grade: Fall trees using positive and negative space

4th Grade: Fall trees using positive and negative space Prep: I use a full sheet of black or brown construction paper and white paper that is cut 1- 2 in. smaller. crayons scissors glue Objectives: I can recognize the difference between positive and negative space I can draw a realistic picture using value I can…

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….