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"
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"
Kids love Halloween, and I’ve found that they also love to learn about Dia de Los Muertos, or Mexican Day of the Dead. I spend the first two weeks of October (or, two classes, since I only see kids once a week) playing traditional Mexican music, showing videos of Dia de Los Muertos festivities, and […]Read more "Calavera"
I’m generally not a fan of projects where kids all do the same thing, but I think there is a place for old-fashioned guided drawing assignments. The monkey-see-monkey-do nature of guided drawing makes drawing less intimidating for students, and it shows students how to break objects down into simple shapes in order to draw them. […]Read more "Wise Owl"