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"
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"
I got a request from my principal to have students make posters for the West Virginia Governor’s Conference on Tourism. As is often the case, we didn’t really get much time to make it happen. Luckily, I work with some awesome teachers who showed the students a video I made about places to visit in […]Read more "My Favorite Place"
“The Problem We All Live With” by Norman Rockwell One of my favorite paintings is this one, by artist Norman Rockwell. This painting is a portrait of Ruby Bridges, who was one of the first black students to be integrated into a white school in the early 1960’s. Many people know about the “Little Rock […]Read more "The Problem We All Live With"
It doesn’t take long for kindergarteners to learn how to write their names, but until then, I like to do lots of first-initial artworks to make it easier to identify the artist, and also to let them practice writing letters of the alphabet. Having them draw their monogram with thick lines, then creating rainbow echo […]Read more "Monograms"
A fun way to teach line to grades K-3 is the Crazy Hair Day project. I start by reading the book “Crazy Hair Day” by Barney Salzburg, (or I let Salzburg read the story to my students via the magic of YouTube). Then, I instruct students to draw half a face (or, for k-1, show […]Read more "Crazy Hair Day"
Primary students created these tributes to Claude Monet using oil pastels, construction paper, and tissue paper. We also learned about rhythm, and check out the cool perspective with the lily pads getting smaller as they go back into space!Read more "Monet"
First graders made these fierce lions using oil pastel on construction paper. We revisited the elements of line and color, and experimented with color mixing as lines crossed over lines and colors mixed. We also introduced radial symmetry and talked about lions in their natural habitat.Read more "In like a…"
Today, my first and second graders are creating monochromatic winter scenes, with red cardinals for a pop of color. Even though they’re little guys, they can understand rhythm, and love seeing how rhythm in art and rhythm in music are similar. They created a cool rhythm with different-sized birch trees and the patterns created […]Read more "Winter"