Students enjoy creating these quirky street-scapes inspired by Russian artist, Marc Chagall. There’s just something really fun about crooked buildings and random things flying through the air! Materials: 12x18 black construction paper #2 Pencil with pink eraser (the eraser is handy for “sketching” your layout!) Oil Pastels “Wet wipes” for clean up Examples of the paintings of Marc […]
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This is one of my favorite Kindergarten lessons, based on the famous Rorschach Ink Blot Test. The process of making these prints seems almost magical to a five year old who’s doing this for the first time. It combines colorful paint with the element of surprise and plenty of imagination… what’s not to love […]
Have you ever looked at a cloud and seen an animal or some other random image? Most everyone has used their imagination to “find” things in clouds, and popcorn offers this same creative experience! This is a great lesson for 5th grade and up. Make sure you create a sample to illustrate the steps… a […]
Yesterday (March 2nd) we celebrated a very special birthday in our Kindergarten classes.… that of beloved children’s author/illustrator, Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka “Dr. Seuss”. In his lifetime, Dr. Seuss published over 40 children’s books which have inspired both reading and imagination for generations of children. His birthday has fittingly been adopted as the date for […]
Chinese New Year falls on Valentine’s Day this year! Chinese New Year is often celebrated with a parade led by a long, colorful dragon. My 1st graders drew a fun Chinese Dragon to ring in the “Year of the Tiger”! 1. Cut a piece of 12“x18” white construction paper in half to measure 6“x18”.2. Using pencil, […]
This lesson is adapted from Karen Card, my children’s middle school Art teacher. You can do this versatile project with any grade level, scaling it up or down as needed. It’s fun to give kids a little structure and a lot of freedom to be creative.… then watch as all the great ideas start flowing out! […]
Dot Monsters are a perfect activity to teach to the whole class or use with those “early finishers” who end up with free time after completing a project. Kids from 1st grade through 6th grade love making these! Dot Monsters nurture imagination and encourage creative thinking and problem solving.… and they’re FUN! Here’s how you […]
Hi! I'm Cheryl, and I'm a big fan of kids' artwork! For the last 20+ years, I've had the privilege of teaching art to kids from kindergarten through high school.... in public, private, charter, and homeschool settings. Now I'm focusing on mentoring other teachers through demos, workshops, and sharing lessons and more on my blog. I have a degree in art and an art ed credential, but I've learned that you don't need to be an "artist" or have an art background yourself to teach art to kids. All you need are good lessons to follow (like following a recipe) and the willingness to have fun! Over the years, I’ve developed hundreds of successful, classroom-tested art lessons for kids, and all the tips, methods, and strategies to go along with them! My passion now is to make all this available to classroom teachers, homeschool teachers, parents, and grandparents.… to anyone who wants to share the joy of ART with the kids in their life!
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