Our State Flower and Bird

4th Grade Visual Arts – Our State Flower and Bird This lesson makes a curriculum connection to 4th grade SOCIAL STUDIES, the history on North Carolina. We looked at the state bird and the state flower for this lesson. We also looked at the paintings of watercolor artist Hailey E Herrera who has painted many…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Birds Eye View Snowmen

4th – Aerial View Snowmen Supplies: 12×12 piece of paper blue watercolor 12X18 paper with traced the 3 different sized circles little squares of cardboard – 4 per student scrap construction paper various colors We started with a 12×12 piece of paper for the background. We added snowflakes and swirls and dots with a white…

Jim Dine Hearts

Jim Dine Hearts This is a lesson I did rather last minute when I was asked to put up a Valentines Day display in the school front entrance but it has turned into one of my favorite lessons that I might repeat again. supplies: 8X11 white sulfite paper 9X12 colored construction paper oil pastels watercolor…

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…

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…