Sea Turtles Drawing & Painting Lesson

How to draw and paint a sea turtle using simple art supplies.

This sea turtle art project was inspired by this Under-the-Sea Chalk Lesson. To keep the project manageable for first graders, I used just one sea creature–turtles– but switched up mediums. My first graders used oil pastels and cake/puck tempera paints to create these beautiful sea turtles. Download this Sea Turtle Drawing Handout. This is what you’ll need: 12″ x 18″ white sulfite paper Cake or Puck Tempera Paint Black Oil pastel White … Read More →

Easy Cubism Art Project

An easy cubism art project to do with your kids. All you need is card stock and some colored markers.

Cubism is one of my favorite art genres to teach. Because of the influences of contemporary artists (think Romero Britto), children are familiar with how artists transforms everyday objects into geometric shapes. The earlier influences of cubism (Picasso, Klee, Cézanne and Braque) are just as fun and colorful. When I taught my Cubist-Inspired Picasso lesson to Kinders (from Fun with Movements Art Projects) , I drew a fish, cut the fish into sections and shapes. … Read More →

How to Make a Paper Lantern

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I was curious how to make paper lanterns for a while now. I’ve seen some pretty cute ones on Pinterest but was having a hard time sourcing directions that would tell me exactly how to make them. After a few tries, I managed to figure out the trick…. First of all, you can make elaborate lanterns with decorative inners (the cylinder on the inside) and flaps that are either pointy or curved. … Read More →

Picasso’s Rose-Period Woven Hearts

Inspired by Picasso’s rose period, boys and girls painted and weaved their way to a beautiful heart art project.

My students focus on a weaving project in second grade and by the time the unit rolls around, it’s usually very close to Valentine’s Day. We were studying Picasso and so it made sense to talk about his Rose and Blue Period. Placing both blue paint hues and red paint hues on the tables, my students create one piece of painted paper each. You might be surprised to note that the majority of … Read More →

Monsters Love School

Inspired by the book, Monsters Love School by Mike Austin, children pick body parts to create their own unique monster to draw and paint. Fun art activity for boys and girls.

Monsters are always a popular subject for my youngest art students. My go-to monster lesson for this age group has always been Where the Wild Things Are, but this year I looked for a new source of monster delights. Enter Monsters Love School by Mike Austin. In the running for a monster related story was If You’re A Monster And You Know It by Ed and Rebecca Emberley But in the end … Read More →

Emily Carr Art Lesson Gallery from Ontario

Third and fourth grade students from Ontario, Canada create amazing Emily Carr-Inspired trees and forests. Art Lesson from Deep Space Sparkle

Brenda, an art teacher at a private school in Ontario, Canada sent me these photographs of her third and fourth grade student’s artwork. They were inspired by my Emily Carr art lesson. Aren’t they beautiful? I don’t know if you are familiar with Carr’s work but she is one of my favorite artist, even ahead of some of the great masters. Her work was inspired by Canada’s natural world and … Read More →

Winter Art Projects for Grades K-2

Three Winter Art lesson for ages 5-8 that focuses on easy art techniques, drawing instructions and literature.

Winter in our Southern California school last a few short weeks and it’s no coincidence that these weeks fall just before the Christmas break. This is the time we talk about snow–and ask kids to raise their hands if they’ve ever seen it for real. This is the time we bring out the snowmen lessons and maybe a few holiday-themed activities. And better yet, this is the time I set up a “snow” … Read More →

 

About Patty

I teach art to 400 school children in Goleta, California. My art library contains hundreds of free art lesson ideas. My shop has art lesson plans, videos and resources to help you teach art to kids. It's a whole lot easier with Deep Space Sparkle.
 

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