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 →

Emily Carr Art Lesson Plan

Paint like Emily Carr

For every girl who has dreamed of paving her own path, Emily’s story will surely inspired. The youngest of five girls, Emily loved drawing from a very early age. Often scoffed at by her older sisters for her artistic perspective, Emily learned to do it her way. After traveling to San Francisco to study art and then to the UK and France, she eventually found her way home again to … Read More →

Kandinsky and the Rainbow Art Project

Kandinsky Art Lesson for Kids

Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky’s paintings use color to show emotions rather than painting an object to look real. This concept is particularly intriguing to young children as they generally strive to make all their drawings look as real as possible. Introducing young children to Kandinsky’s abstract artwork encourages them to see that art is created many ways. Pairing colorful paper circles together gives the kids a chance to see which … Read More →

Degas Dancer Art Lesson

Ballerina art project

I’ve always been partial to drawing the human form. In fact, I really don’t think I’ve ever had any interest in drawing anything else. From a young age, I only drew fashion models, gymnasts, figure skaters and the occasional ballerina. But drawing the human form takes practice. Lots of it. Rarely can a child whip out a perfect human body the first time around. With this in mind, I develop … Read More →

Starry Night Multi-Media Art Lesson

Starry Night Art Lesson

After ten years of teaching art and creating my own lesson plans, I have finally settled on a Starry Night Art Lesson. This lesson combines so many art techniques: double-loading, experimenting with color value, expressive painting, collage and composition as well as color theory. Hard to ask for anything more! This was one of my third grade students last projects of the year and my only regret was that the … Read More →

Teaching the Masters: Art Lesson Round-up


Looking for a lesson on the Masters? Here’s a directory of my art lessons from the past ten years featuring the great artists. Click on the BOLD type to be directed to the lesson. Cezanne: Still-Life in Chalk and Tempera Paint for upper grades Chagall: Marc Chagall’s “Drawing a Dream”  Kahlo: Frida Kahlo Portrait Klee: Paul Klee Buildings in pen and watercolors for upper grades, Paul Klee’s Cat and Bird in … Read More →