Picasso’s La Coq Pastel Project

Inspired by Picasso’s painting, La Coq, kids use a combination of oil and chalk pastels to draw a cubist rooster. Easy art activity that takes less than an hour.

The inventory situation in my art room has reached a critical point. I have depleted my black oil pastels, white paper and white paint. This trio is my milk, eggs and bread of the art room.  Not wanting to place an order when I have two more weeks of classes, I’m forced to go beyond what is comfortable and start using up the left-overs. My pastel drawer, which in September was … Read More →

Watercolor Bouquet Art Project & Video Lesson

Kids draw flowers with a marker and use liquid watercolor paints to add glorious color

Liquid watercolor paints get a good deal of use in my art room. So much in fact, that I keep watercolor-filled baby food jars at the ready in my cupboard.  When trying to decide whether to use liquid watercolors or tray watercolors, consider what your intention is for the art lesson. For this lesson I had three watercolor goals: Proper application of a wash Intense colors Oil pastel resist Wash: Tray watercolors are hard to … Read More →

Gunslingers & Outlaws Art Project

Kids draw and paint their own cowboy or cowgirl and create a WANTED poster.

I introduced this lesson way back in 2010 and it instantly became a favorite of classroom teachers. I created the lesson after experimenting with ways to teach my 6th graders how to draw hats. I had a cowboy book on my bookshelf so I pulled it out. The lesson morphed into an Old West WANTED poster and for many teachers, the opportunity to add narrative. Since I published 3-Ingredient Art … Read More →

Easy Watercolor Process Lesson

An easy watercolor resist lesson that is essential and fun for the early art years. Watercolor resist art project for kids.

Honestly. It’s like the kids have never seen this before. The ooh’s and ahhh’s that result in painting over an area of white oil pastel is worthy of admission. I needed a one-lesson project in order to keep my first grade classes in sync with each other. I whipped out my half-sheets of watercolor paper and a few jars of liquid watercolor paints and offered a quick demo on watercolor resist. Although … Read More →

Lincoln Portraits Art Project

Kids learn to draw Abraham Lincoln and create a colorful, American-themed background. Great American History art activity.

If you are looking for a great story to read to your students, Abe Lincoln’s Dream by Lane Smith combines corny jokes, American history and great illustrations. The story alludes to the Lincoln’s bedroom ghost story and comes from the POV of a young girl taking a tour of the white house. She discovers Lincoln’s ghost and she assures him that the country has turned out just fine since he last left it. A readable story with clever … Read More →

The Great Wave Art Lesson Plan & Video

Based on the painting The Great Wave off Kanazawa by Katsushika Hokusai, kids draw and paint their own version of Mount Fuji and the great wave.

Inspired by the book The Great Wave: A Children’s Book Inspired by Hokusai by Véronique Massenot and Bruno Pilorget and the painting The Great Wave off Kanazawa by Katsushika Hokusai, my fourth grade kids created the most beautiful paintings. I was hesitant to create an art lesson inspired by Hokusai’s The Great Wave. As a girl who loves Matisse and Van Gogh, Hokusai’s colors are rather bland and subdued. It wasn’t until I picked … Read More →

Springtime with the Masters Art Lesson Packet

Springtime with the Masters Easy Art Projects

According to my 2015 Readers Survey, many of you need simple, easy lessons that involve little to no prep. Here’s what you said… Do these requests sound familiar? There are many needs out there and I know I can’t help all of you, but I love responding to your request. Springtime with the Masters is a collection of easy prep art activities using paper, marker and colored pencils. these aren’t your typical Deep … 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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