Art Show — Lessons Learned

5th Grade Oil Pas­tel Paint­ings inspired by Marc Cha­gall I’m a “learn by doing” kind of per­son. And usu­ally that means learn­ing from my mis­takes (i.e.what not to do!). But last week I had the rare priv­i­lege of learn­ing from some­thing that I unin­ten­tion­ally did right!! Every Spring we hang an Art Show that coin­cides with […]

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Teacher Workshops

One of the fun projects we’ll be doing at my “Water­color Work­shop for Teach­ers”! If you’re read­ing this blog, you prob­a­bly agree that KIDS NEED ART!!! As more and more schools elim­i­nate their Art pro­grams due to bud­get cuts, we need to get cre­ative in find­ing ways to keep Art in the school day. To […]

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Negative Space Tree Drawings

6th Grade Draw­ings of the Trees in our Park­ing Lot! If you hurry, you can still fit this project in before the trees start sprout­ing leaves and you have to wait til fall!Kids love any excuse to get out of the class­room, so if you can, go out­side and have them do the first part of […]

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This is one of my all-time favorite “art-story books” to read to my stu­dents! Begin­ning as early as 2nd or 3rd grade for some stu­dents, per­fec­tion­ism can set in and give them the mis­taken idea that their art needs to look like a pho­to­graph in order to be “good”. Of course, these stu­dents are the […]

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Echo Line Flowers

3rd Grade Flower Draw­ing This is a great les­son for teach­ing about warm and cool col­ors, pat­terns, and artists who painted flow­ers, like Geor­gia O’Keeffe and Vin­cent Van Gogh. 1. Have some visual ref­er­ences on hand that show a vari­ety of flower shapes.2. On 9x12 paper, draw a flower with a stem and some leaves. Don’t […]

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Shoe Drawings

Third Grade Shoe Draw­ing by Brian Con­tour draw­ing is a great activ­ity for devel­op­ing your draw­ing skills, no mat­ter what your age or level of abil­ity. There are dozens of fun projects you can do with con­tour draw­ing, but here is one of my favorites.… Shoe Draw­ings!1. Remove one shoe and place it on your desk.2. […]

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Fun Paper “Frames”

Framed” Self-Portrait by Colin, First Grade Noth­ing enhances a paint­ing like a good frame! Here’s a fun and inex­pen­sive way to frame your stu­dents’ work. Let’s assume you want to frame a 9x12 piece of art­work.…1. Take a 12x18 piece of con­struc­tion paper and trim it to 12x15 inches.2. Cen­ter your art on the 12x15 paper […]

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