Easy First Day Art Project

Pen-and-watercolor-flower-project

Looking for an easy art lesson you can do on the first day of school? This simple line drawing teaches radial drawing, shape, line and watercolor techniques. Not bad for the first day, right? I did this lesson last year with my third grade students but fourth, fifth and even sixth grade students would do very well with it. Younger kids may struggle with keeping the flowers big enough to … Read More →

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 →

Sky Color Expressive Art Project

Sky Color Art Project

Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds celebrates the creative process with endearing illustrations and simple, but powerful words. I read this book to my K/1st grade combo class and set out to teach a lesson in self-expression. This is what we did: Each child received a 9″ x 11″ sheet of watercolor paper and access to a tray of liquid watercolor paints. After reading the story the children got a pretty … 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 →

You Be You Watercolor Fish Art Project

You-be-You-art-activity

Looking for an adorable art lesson that bridges literature and art? You Be You by Linda Kranz (author of Only One You) sets out to explore beauty in difference through a little rock fish named Adri. This 5 minute read will transition your little ones into an art activity that explores the use of oil pastels and liquid watercolors. You will Need: 12″ x 9″ 90-lb watercolor paper Liquid watercolors (blues and … 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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