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"
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"
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"
Today, my students painted a rain barrel for The City of Charleston, WV Stormwater Project. These rain barrels will tour all over Charleston to promote rainwater harvesting workshops throughout the area. My students were excited to learn about rainwater harvesting, themselves, and some are already doing it at home! Because of the chemical spill in […]Read more "Rain Barrels"
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"
This project started out as an idea for Pi Day, when one of my principals requested that all teachers teach a Pi-Day project on March 14. (Get it? 3/14 = 3.14? Ha!) But Pi is a little difficult for my K-2 students to understand, so I just explained that Pi is a special number used […]Read more "Cherry Blossoms"
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…"