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 →

Pumpkin Harvest Collage

Harvest-Pumpkins

I don’t always see my Kinders in the first art rotation of the year but when I do, we always make some type of pumpkin project. I love this Funny Face Pumpkin for the sheer cutest factor but one of my favorites is the Starlight Pumpkin we did a couple of years ago. This year, I adapted one of my favorite first grade lessons, Autumn Collage, to meet the skill set of my Kinders. This … Read More →

9 Pumpkin Art Projects

9-pumpkin-art-projects

Pumpkin patch season is just around the corner so it’s not to soon to start planning your annual pumpkin art project. I rarely tackle halloween projects for various reasons, but pumpkins I love. These colorful gourds are accessible to just about anybody and offer bountiful opportunities to teach drawing skills, value, line and shape. How can any art teacher pass that up? Here are a few of my own favorite lessons that I do just … Read More →

Funny Face Pumpkin Project for Kinders

Happy-Pumpkin-Art-project

Although Jack O’Lanterns have a strong association with Halloween, it is the one “holiday” based activity that I do. Here are two lesson tutorials that I’ve created last year:  Painted Pumpkin and Value Pumpkin lesson. There’s a lot of art happening in this project: color mixing, observation drawing, painting techniques and a little creative expression. Transitional Kinders I have a Kinder group that includes a number of transitional Kinders- children who haven’t … Read More →

Leaf Paintings

Leaf-painting-art-project

Looking for a quick Fall art project? Inspired by the amazing Laura at Painted Paper and her O’Keeffe Inspired Leaves, my Kinder classes looked at leaf shapes and discussed the common features in the leaves. We looked at the stems and the veins plus the various shapes the leaves created. In Santa Barbara, few leaves are turning yet so I didn’t have any great samples, but I brought in a … 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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