These are so stinkin’ cute I can’t even deal. I think this is my favorite art project of all time! To get ready for this project, my students read some awesome books by Eric Carle, who illustrates them using a great painted-paper collage technique to create textures. (If you aren’t familiar with his books, you […]Read more "Animals and Habitats"
Snowflakes are an example of geometry in nature. Each snowflake has its own geometric pattern, repeated in radial symmetry. It’s no wonder that snowflakes are a favorite project in my classroom! All those budding 4th and 5th grade engineers love this project! We start with a 6″ square of paper, folded into two triangles, make […]Read more "Snowflakes"
A “Dalahäst” is a Swedish tradition. “Dala” is short for “Dalarna”, which is the province the tradition comes from . “Häst” is the Swedish word for “horse.” Traditionally, they’re little wooden horses given to children as toys. They’re almost always red, with beautiful decorations in green, yellow, white, and gold. But Dalahästs, (or Dala Horses, […]Read more "Dalahäst"
I find some of the best ideas on Pinterest, and this is one of them. Unfortunately, this school district blocks Pinterest, so I can’t find the link to the original idea to include in this lesson plan post. That’s a bummer, because I always try to credit my sources. I will try to log on […]Read more "Family Hands"
By law, students in West Virginia must receive 40 minutes of art per week. Because of scheduling, one of my schools got a waiver, so art classes are 30 minutes. At first, this doesn’t sound like much, but once you factor in time to give instruction and time to clean up and get ready for […]Read more "10 Minutes"
I have a slight obsession with owls. Can you tell? This project is easy-peasy, and a great opportunity to discuss both science and language arts with students while creating a truly impressive work of art. Art concepts — positive/negative shapes (for grades 2-3), line, geometric shapes, and painting techniques. You need: Black paper tag board, with […]Read more "Autumn Moon"
Perspective is hard. I like to start on basic understanding of spatial planes as early as I can. This project is good for grades 3-5, and produces great results with basic shapes. I start by showing students a picture of a landscape and having them pick out the foreground, middle ground, and background. I point […]Read more "Pumpkin Perspective"
These pumpkins are so cute, and a great way to teach secondary colors, scissor skills, facial features, and emotional awareness. You need: construction paper in orange, green, purple, black, and white scissors glue yellow crayons (or construction paper crayons, even better!) To make life simpler, I cut orange and green paper into 9 1/2″ x 6″ […]Read more "Expressive Pumpkin Portraits"
I bought the crappiest glue sticks at the beginning of the school year this year, and I got so mad, I threw them all away. They didn’t last very long, anyway, and when the projects dried, the pieces all came off. The sad thing is that these glue sticks are the only ones you can […]Read more "Glue Sponge"
As a traveling art teacher, I get asked to paint a lot of murals. Usually, people want me to paint murals of cute cartoon characters or book illustrations. While I am not opposed to painting these things (and I’m always happy to promote reading), there is a distinct problem with these murals — Copyright laws! […]Read more "Character Murals"