Watercolor Sunflower Resist Art Lesson

How to make a sunflower watercolor painting

I tend to revert to flowers as the subject of my art lessons near the end of the school year.  They provide an opportunity to explore a wide color palette and endless shape possibilities. For my first grade class, I read the book, Camille and the Sunflowers by Laurence Anholt and then we dove into the lesson. This is what we did: Starting with a 12″ x 18″ sulphite drawing paper, … Read More →

Painted Paper Butterflies

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I love happy art lessons. The ones that engage children right from the get-go. These painted paper butterflies are a perennial favorite in my art room. My first graders make painted paper and then use the paper to create butterfly wings. I set out wing templates from my Eric Carle-Inspired Lesson Plans PDF but encourage the children to make their own wing shapes. If the children draw their own wings, … Read More →

Art Inspired Mother’s Day Gifts

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It may sound hokey, but I don’t think there is a better gift than a piece of art created by a child. To know that your very own child chose that particular color and made those particular lines is pure magic to me. And while acts of creative expression are precious and rare, don’t feel bad if you think your child won’t ever come up with a piece of art … Read More →

O’Keeffe Inspired Graphic Flowers

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This Georgia O’Keeffe inspired art lesson is quick, easy lesson that all grade levels will enjoy. Needing a one-lesson project for the end of my sixth grade art rotation, I was inspired by an O’Keeffe art print on my wall. But instead of focusing on the center of a flower and creating a detailed drawing, I thought it might be fun to jazz up Georgia with some graphic qualities! Jazzing … Read More →

Watercolor Poppies Art Lesson

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Here is a very easy watercolor lesson for any grade. Simply add puddles of liquid watercolor paint (or well-watered pan watercolors) onto watercolor paper. Before the puddles “dry” tap the paper onto the table surface to create streams of paint. These are the flower stems. After the paint dries, the artist can use chalk pastels to add details such as stamens, leaves, shadows, etc. Add a splatter of watercolor paint … Read More →

Painted Bunny Art Lesson

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Here is a very easy bunny art lesson that involves a simple line drawing, sponge painting and a few embellishments. My first graders did this lesson in one 40-minute session. Afterwards, I realized that we forgot to add bunny teeth. And wouldn’t a cotton-ball look adorable stuck on Bunny’s bottom? Maybe you all can add the forgotten details! Here’s what you’ll need: Colored piece of paper 12″ x 18″ Light … Read More →

Paper Bunny Art Lesson

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Last week, my second grade students used templates, painted and colored paper and oil pastels to create cute little rabbits. Adding tails, teeth, ears and flowers, the kids created their own Mr. Bunny all in one 45-minute class time. This lesson is fast due to the use of pre-made templates. I created a head, body and side leg. If you prefer not to use templates, the children can cut their … Read More →