Painted Paper Owls

This is a lesson I did with my II (intensive intervention) class that comes to me once a week on their own. Most of the II and EC students at my schools are integrated into the regular classes for art, music, and PE but I have one class of 6 students that comes on their…

Winter Town Collage

Kindergarten and Pre-K made this adorable winter town collages. This project is pretty simple but I just love how they turned out! Everything the kinders do has so much personality. We learned about the elements of art SHAPE and the principal of design REPETITION. It gave them a little practice with cutting and plenty of time to…

Joan Miro People

1st Grade Joan Miro Fantasy People We learned about Joan Miro, a Spanish artist who studied in Paris, is best known for his whimsical abstracts. Many of his paintings combine lines and colors that create wonderful shapes that may or may not tell a story–depending on your perspective! We used the three primary colors, Blu…

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…

Kindergarten Reindeer

Kindergarten Reindeer This is a lesson I also did with my kinders last year. Its a great one day lesson to do right before Christmas break. I love how much personality each reindeer has! Materials: Tempera Cakes (I love this paint for great k-1 since it is easier to clean up and clean up with…

Kindergarten learns about LINES

Kindergarten Learned about LINES. They used OIL PASTELS to create shapes by connecting different types of lines together. They also learned about the proper use of a paintbrush to create these colorful paintings!   Tell students that the first thing they need to learn to make awesome art is a LINE! Everything is made out…

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…

1st Grade Pumpkins

1st Grade learned to mix their own WARM COLORS using yellow and red to create orange to paint their pumpkins. 1st grade also learned about TEXTURE. They learned that texture is used in art to show the viewer how something in their artwork might FEEL to the touch.   To make these adorable pumpkins my…

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…

2nd Grade Owls

We did a Square 1 Art fundraiser for PTO at one of my schools this winter. Each grade participated, it was a huge success! 2nd grade all did owls. First we did a directed drawing in oil pastel. The students had to show texture and repetition with the feathers. Then they used liquid watercolor to…

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…