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"
This is a great lesson for teaching cutting and folding skills, pattern-making, 3-D (relief), and line. This project is perfect for grades 1-3, but kindergarten is a stretch. Let students choose 3 paper strips, 1 1/2″ wide and 12-18″ long. Demonstrate how to make deep snips about 1″ apart along one side of the strip, […]Read more "Roller Coasters"
my husband and me These are so awesome, but require some patience and time. I got this idea from Superhero Art Teacher Holly Bess Kincaid, who has an incredible website full of great art lessons. I did this with 5th graders. Day one: I start by asking students to design a toy action figure of […]Read more "Cubees"
Students in grades 4-5 love this easy, but impressive op art project, and it’s a great way to illustrate the element of art, “Line.” I start by having students trace their hands very lightly with pencil, then make a horizontal line pattern in the background. I tell them to be sure to end the horizontal […]Read more "Op Art"
Geometry in Kindergarten? Why not! I found a great lesson plan that involves basic geometry concepts, rhythm, 3-dimensional assemblage, and introduces young kids to origami. Score!!! I started by showing students a square that had been divided into triangles: I then asked them to count all the triangles and squares they could find. We then […]Read more "Geometry"
Oh, no! My supply order got lost, and the lesson plan I had planned to do with my first graders depended on those supplies being delivered in time. What to do? I showed students some examples of Islamic tile mosaics, to show them how the pieces fit together and do not overlap. Then, I found […]Read more "Dinomosaic"
Primary students made fashion from African textile designs. Pants, dresses, and shirts are easy to make from basic geometric shapes. Students love the colorful fabrics, and this is a great way to talk about African culture.Read more "African Style"
It’s black history month! Even though I teach African art, and about African-American artists throughout the year, I wanted to do a lesson about Kente cloth with my students to tie into some other lessons that were happening in their regular classrooms. Paper weaving is a great way to introduce the concept of weaving, and […]Read more "Kente Cloth"