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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

1st Grade Flowers

1st Grade made these beautiful watercolor resist flowers for our Square 1 Art fundraiser. Using oil pastels they started with a circle in the center and did a row of petals around the circle then a row of petals around that and so on. We looked at pictures and illustrations of flowers and I showed…

Snow Bear

1st Grade Snow Bear This is a fun one to two lesson for first grade. We started by doing a guided drawing along with me in pencil. Then they added patterns and details to the scarfs and hats. Then they outlined their drawings in Sharpies. They drew snowflakes in the sky first using a white oil…

Primary and Secondary Color Fish

1st Grade Color Theory Fish My first graders had a great time learning about the three primary colors and how to mix them to create secondary colors. I love teaching color mixing at this age because it is still magic to them. So many enthusiastic oohhs and ahhs while the kiddos mixed their paints. I…