I’m always on the look-out for creative, new ways to teach my students the “Elements of Art and Principles of Design”. Recently, I attended a bridal shower where we played a memory game.… the “put-a-bunch-of kitchen-stuff-on-a-tray-and-give-each-table-group-a-minute-to-stare-at-it-and-see-how-much-they-can-remember” game. I was struck by how absolutely silent this room full of chatty women became when it was time to […]
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Abstract art is a great way to teach composition and the Elements of Art… without the intimidation that can occur when striving for realism. Take some musical symbols and create a random layout… and have fun with it!! Materials: 12x18 black construction paper Oil pastels (we used the Pentel 16 color set) Directions: 1. Sketch your design using […]
Tangle drawing by Krista, grade 4 Tangle drawings are like sophisticated “doodles”, with an endless variety of possibilities! Visit Zentangle.com (and its companion Flickr site) to be inspired and see how one couple has turned these simple, yet sophisticated drawings into a world-wide craze! Vocabulary: Tangle — a confused mass of something that is twisted together […]
Olive Trees with Yellow Sky and Sun by Vincent VanGogh While exploring one of my favorite Art websites, About.com:Art History, I came across a great explanation of the “Elements of Art”. The author uses the analogy of the Elements of Art being like the “building blocks” that artists use to create their artwork. Similar to […]
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!