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…

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…

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…

What does the fox say?

Objective: 5th grade students learn about the concept of perspective by looking at art from the renaissance period and learning about foreground, middleground, and background. They create their own winter scene using their knowledge. Materials: White paper – 1 fill size and one half size for fox (or grey paper painted white with texture) Black…

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…

Snowmen at Night

Snowmen at Night Chalk Pastel Drawings read the book “Snowmen at Night” which is beautifully illustrated by Mark Buehner. READ Snowmen at night: http://www.wegivebooks.org/books/snowmen-at-night/reader First I demonstrated how to draw and shade snowmen being lit by moonlight. Students needed to be able to create a sense of a 3-D form through shading on one side. They…

Wax Resist Fall Leaves with 5th Grade

Wax Resist Fall Leaves with 5th Grade prep: cut 6inX18 in pieces of paper fall color oil pastels cut cool colored tissue paper into squares cups of water, 2 per table watercolor brushes together as a class look at different shapes of leaves, talk about how we can create are inspired by what we see…

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….