Happy Birthday, Winslow Homer!

Winslow Homer art projects and resources

About Winslow Homer Winslow Homer was born in Boston, Massachusetts on February 24, 1836. His mother was a watercolor artist and taught Homer how to draw and paint. When Homer was old enough, he moved to New York City to make illustrations for a magazine. When the Civil War broke out, Homer was sent to the battlefields to draw what he saw. Homer liked to show the relationships between people and … Read More →

How to Make a Paper Lantern

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I was curious how to make paper lanterns for a while now. I’ve seen some pretty cute ones on Pinterest but was having a hard time sourcing directions that would tell me exactly how to make them. After a few tries, I managed to figure out the trick…. First of all, you can make elaborate lanterns with decorative inners (the cylinder on the inside) and flaps that are either pointy or curved. … Read More →

Picasso’s Rose-Period Woven Hearts

Inspired by Picasso’s rose period, boys and girls painted and weaved their way to a beautiful heart art project.

My students focus on a weaving project in second grade and by the time the unit rolls around, it’s usually very close to Valentine’s Day. We were studying Picasso and so it made sense to talk about his Rose and Blue Period. Placing both blue paint hues and red paint hues on the tables, my students create one piece of painted paper each. You might be surprised to note that the majority of … Read More →

Valentine’s Day Art Projects and Resource Round-up

10 Valentine's Day Art projects and resources

Need a quick lesson idea for Valentine’s Day? I’ve been pinning like crazy to my Valentine Pinterest Board because I absolutely love Valentine’s Day art projects. All those red tints! It’s also an opportunity to get creative and try something new. I love sourcing new ideas but I find I’m always drawn to the projects that combine art techniques and maybe an inspiration form a famous artist. Here are some of my … Read More →

Watercolor & Paper Bouquets

Watercolor & Paper Bouquet: Perfect Valentine’s Day art and craft project for kids

Here is a simple art lesson that combines a watercolor and oil pastel resist with creating shapes with paper and scissors. We created these bouquets in January so colors veered towards that lovely February holiday. The students used regular sulphite paper instead of watercolor paper since there was very little blending or advanced watercolor skills involved in the project, so using my limited stash of watercolor paper wasn’t necessary. What … Read More →

Chinese Dragon Painting

Learn how to draw and paint a Chinese dragon.

I love Chinese Dragons and so do my students. Every kid from 3rd grade all the way up to 6th grade enjoys drawing this mythical figure. Some kids keep it real simple while others spend hours on the details. This lesson plan will offer you the full lesson technique for 4th grade and then explain how to scale the lesson down to 3rd and up to 5th and 6th. There … Read More →

Mosaic Hearts Art Lesson

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Sometimes an art project is inspired by the strangest of things. In this case, a sparkly roll of craft tape. I just knew I had to incorporate the glitter tape into an art lesson and of course, it being winter time and close to Valentine’s Day, well, let’s just say it didn’t take long to figure out a plan. This lesson plan ended up being less about the glitter tape … Read More →

 

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I teach art to 400 school children in Goleta, California. My art library contains hundreds of free art lesson ideas. My shop has art lesson plans, videos and resources to help you teach art to kids. It's a whole lot easier with Deep Space Sparkle.
 

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