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Buildings and Architecture

Santa Barbara Mission Paintings

Santa Barbara Mission Paintings

By on Jan 16, 2014 | 3 comments

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...

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Skyscraper Line Drawing

Skyscraper Line Drawing

By on Mar 17, 2013 | 18 comments

Inspired by illustrator, Marz Jr. 5th grade students looked at pictures of skyscrapers and created a retro line drawing of their observations. The students used a black Sharpie marker to draw the contour lines of a skyscraper (we looked at famous New York landmarks) and then got busy adding the dozens and dozens of extra windows and doors. I suggested drawing 2-3...

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Paper Skyscrapers

Paper Skyscrapers

By on Feb 11, 2013 | 8 comments

Cutting and pasting is a big deal in Kindergarten. Learning how to manipulate paper into shapes and then into a picture is an even bigger deal. It doesn’t matter what the subject is: a house, a sailboat or a skyscraper, the technique is the same. Start by giving each student a sheet of 12″ x 18″ black sulphite paper, a sheet of 12″ x...

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Paul Klee Art Lesson

Paul Klee Art Lesson

By on Sep 26, 2012 | 14 comments

Paul Klee has quickly become one of my favorite artists to showcase in my art room. Purchasing The Cat and the Bird¬†by Geraldine Elschner and Peggy Nille is a big reason for this excitement. It’s so much easier holding up an exquisitely illustrated picture book than coming up with my own powerpoint or dry explanation of an artist.¬†Although the story is best...

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James Rizzi Skyscraper Art Lesson

James Rizzi Skyscraper Art Lesson

By on Feb 3, 2012 | 10 comments

James Rizzi has left his mark on the world. His amazing illustrations has made an indelible impression on me and my students. Last Fall, my sixth graders did a unit on James Rizzi which included Faces and Simple Birds. This time we had fun with James Rizzi Inspired Skyscrapers. This is a super easy lesson for older students. 100% fun and successful. The technique is...

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Watercolor Castle Art Project

Watercolor Castle Art Project

By on Jan 6, 2012 | 22 comments

My Kinder students joined in on the fairy tale fun by learning how to turn lines and shapes into a castle. By combining squares, rectangles, triangle and a few half circles, Kinders created their very own castle. You don’t need many supplies; a 12″ x 18″ piece of regular drawing paper, some liquid watercolors and some oil pastels. I like to start...

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