Santa Barbara Mission Paintings

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The Santa Barbara Mission is perched on top of a gentle hill over looking the city and the distant ocean. An extensive rose garden offers the visitor a place to picnic, play and enjoy the Spanish architecture of the mission. This is my city. The weather is glorious and I imagine the Spanish Franciscans who founded the mission in 1786 thought so, too. Three adobe churches were constructed on the … Read More →

America the Beautiful Ceramic Tile Mural

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Another year has passed and with it another ceramic tile mural graces our school’s inner courtyard. I can’t think of a better way for our graduating students to celebrate their years at elementary school than by creating their own personal art legacy. I have documented the process of creating these beautiful murals in my Ceramic Mural Project Booklet. I think about the Oklahoma elementary schools that were affected by the … Read More →

America the Beautiful Mural…the beginning

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I’m in the planning stage of this year’s ceramic tile mural. A few weeks ago, a few 6th graders suggested that the mural theme have something to do with the United States. I was thinking that we might do a mural on Ancient Aztecs but after researching images, I decided that there wasn’t enough variety to sustain a mural. So I put some thought into the American mural idea and came … Read More →

Arts & Activities Magazine

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A lovely surprise yesterday…one of my favorite lessons in my favorite art magazine. Arts and Activities sent me some copies of their 80th Anniversary issue. I have used and been inspired by many art lessons from this publication and had to think which one was my favorite. In the end, I loved Lady Liberty as it opened up so many teaching possibilities. What has been your favorite lesson from the magazine? … Read More →

America’s Southwest Landscapes

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Bryce Canyon and Arches National Park in Utah offers the most humbling panoramas. Majestic rock formations, iron-rich colors and endless blue skies are an artist’s dream. These landscapes in my newest PDF offers the student artist a glimpse into the magic of Utah. In this 15-page lesson plan, students learn how to draw a landscape focusing on perspective and space to create distance. Students use chalk and oil pastels to draw … Read More →

American Flag Art Project

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What can you do with a box of paper scraps and 40 minutes? An American Flag Collage, of course! My Kinders drew a box and lines on a piece of 12″ x 18″ white paper and then filled the square with torn blue scraps of paper. They added red papers of all textures and shades to the stripes. This was a great exercise in fine motor skills as the children … Read More →

Liberty Bell Art Project

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Looking for an easy Liberty Bell art project? This lesson leans more towards craft than art but many standards are reinforced: composition, history, tracing/cutting, and color mixing. To start, my students sponge painted a piece of 12″ x 9″ paper with blue, red and white paint. I provided the paint, but left the children to create whatever background they wanted. Some smeared the paint over the paper with the sponge … 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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