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…

Classroom and Management Procedures

Here is a peek into some management tools I use to run my classroom: ART REWARDS:   Each class is able to move a maximum of 3 spaces on the game board towards an art party. Pinned above the white board are 3 colored rectangles. The students start each class with all 3 squares. If…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…