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…

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…

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…

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…

Winter Cardinals

My 1st graders made these charming collages of cardinals in a winter scene. One of my two schools that I teach at has a cardinal for the school mascot so this lesson was extra special for them. Materials: White paper black tempera paint scrapers red painted paper blue/grey paper white paint qtips – optional for…

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…

Henri Rousseau Tiger

This is a lesson I did with my after school kindergartner who comes to me every other Thursday to have extra art time! She is an extra talented kindergartner so if I were to do this again with a whole class I would make it with an older grade like 1st or second grade. First…

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…