Piet Mondrian Art Lessons

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Last year I wanted to introduce my second and third grade students to Piet Mondrian and figured it would be super easy to find an art lesson based on his abstract compositions. Not so much. I found a few lesson ideas but needed to alter them to fit into my time slot. I had really hoped to do the lesson in one class period as so many of my lessons up until … Read More →

Art Posters from DSS

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  I’ve been admiring the most amazing art room photos on the Art Teacher’s Facebook Group I belong to. I love seeing how art teachers utilize the space they have for art instruction. My space is dismal by comparison. It’s not an art room but a classroom converted for art two days a week. That’s a bit of an excuse because even if I was given an amazing art space, … Read More →

Horace Pippin Imagination Drawings

Horace Pippin Imagination Drawings

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin is a beautifully illustrated and written book about American self-taught painter, Horace Pippin. It’s what I call a perfect “art class” book as the story is riveting enough for older readers (in my case, 5th graders) and the illustrations are simply inspiring. My goal with this lesson was to teach my 5th graders about a relatively unknown American painter … Read More →

Van Gogh Inspired ¾ View Portraits

Paint a portrait like Van Gogh. Portraits that focus on a ¾ view instead of the traditional straight-on portrait.

By the time I was in seventh grade, I abandoned the frontal portrait view in favor of a ¾ view. I loved how drawing portraits from a ¾ view perspective looked like the school photos we all had. It does take a bit of practice but I believe it might be easier than drawing a frontal view. Third graders are really just beginning to get comfortable with a standard format … Read More →