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’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 →