Every fall, thousands of Monarch butterflies converge on the eucalyptus grove at a nearby park as they migrate to warmer climates. What better way to prepare our Kinders for their annual field trip to view this spectacular display than with this colorful Monarch oil pastel project! Follow the steps below to make your own magnificent […]
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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 […]
Oil pastels, with their rich colors and expressive line quality, are one of my favorite mediums to use with kids. And the key to getting the best results with any oil pastel lesson is LAYERING! Materials: 12x18 black construction paper Oil pastels (We use the Pentel 16 color set.) Directions: 1. Set aside your black oil pastel… […]
Even Van Gogh himself would be proud of this copy of his “Café Terrace” painting, created by our 2nd graders to raise money at our annual school auction. Each year, our school holds a fundraiser auction to raise money for special programs. While many valuable items are donated to be auctioned off, the items that […]
In Kindergarten this year, we’ve been focusing on drawing the world around us using lines and shapes. This colorful fish was drawn by Gabe. For this project, we first read a story about different kinds of fish, and talked about the shapes, lines, and patterns we saw in each one.… lots of ovals, triangles, circles and […]
This project was inspired by Swiss artist Paul Klee. Paul Klee (1879–1940) was an abstract artist known for his highly individual style, which was influenced by many different art movements, including Expressionism, Cubism and Surrealism. Random colors in the background appear as your design is scratched out, offering a fun surprise whether you create a […]
Oil pastels just might be my favorite Art medium for kids! Both set-up and clean-up are quick and easy, and with a few specific instructions, every student can achieve great (if not totally charming!) results. Here are a few tips to help your students find success with oil pastels. You will probably find yourself repeating […]
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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