How to Draw & Paint a Turkey

Thanksgiving-turkeys

Need a quick and easy 40-minute art lesson for your Kinders or first grade class? For the last day of my Fall rotation, Kinders created these adorable thanksgiving turkeys. I hadn’t done a guided drawing lesson with this group yet, but since they have all settled down and have become quite good listeners, I figured a directed line drawing lesson was due. You’ll need a 12″ x 18″ piece of sulphite paper, black oil … Read More →

Cat at Night Art Project

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The Cat at Night by Dahlov Ipcar is a perfect read for the art room; beautiful illustrations, easy text and a great example of silhouettes. I spent an afternoon coming up with a few lessons and some were quite interesting (painted houses and silhouette backgrounds) but because I wanted to use the art lessons for my first graders, the lessons needed to be simple. And I knew most first graders loved cats! … Read More →

My Adventures with Paper Mache

Paper-Mache-Giraffes

If there were a prize for the best art genre for kids, I’m pretty sure Paper Mache would get the votes. It’s a quintessential art project and most everybody remembers getting sticky with newspaper and paste at some point in their elementary art career. There is a good reason why it’s been a popular medium for decades: it’s cheap, teaches creative thinking and fosters imagination. But, there can be drawbacks… … Read More →

Paper Owl Art Project

paper-owls

Wow your students and start the art year off with a painted paper art project. There is simply nothing more engaging to students than experimenting with paint. So grab your tempera paints and paint brushes and have some fun! How to make the painted paper: Sheets of 12″ x 18″ white sulphite paper (70 lbs) Liquid tempera paints Brushes, sponges, texture tools, plastic forks, etc. Then, watch this video for … Read More →

Watercolor & Pastel Resist Art Lessons

Watercolor-and-Pastel-resist-Art-lessons

I recently introduced my Kinders to the magic of watercolor and oil pastel resist. I love hearing the squeals of delight after seeing white oil pastel appear through a wash of color. These are the simple joys of teaching art. As with most watercolor projects, a good drawing lays the foundation for a successful project. Three directed line drawing instruction are included in the lesson plan. If you aren’t sure … Read More →

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About Patty

Welcome to DSS. I'm an art teacher to 400 elementary kids in Goleta, California. This is where you will find a library of art lessons, handy PDF lesson plans and resources to make teaching art to kids a whole lot easier.
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