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

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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 →

Watercolor Techniques: a 6th grade experiment

Children experiment with watercolor techniques. From DSS

Building up to my sixth grade student’s big unit on watercolors, I wanted to remind them of the various ways in which they can use watercolor paint.  Even though I use watercolors in every grade level and I have taught these children since first grade, it never hurts to remind the children, through their own experiments, of the unique qualities of watercolors. To begin, each student received a 12″ x … Read More →

Quick and Easy Art Lessons

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You asked and I listened! I’ve received quite a few emails in the past few months asking me to produce a packet of easy to do art lessons. While I can’t solve everyone’s time crunch issues, I’ve made it a point to see how an art lesson, that is rich in learning objectives, can be completed in 45 minutes or less. I know that some of you have only 30 … Read More →

Watercolor & Pastel Resist Art Lessons

Watercolor-and-Pastel-resist-Art-lessons

I recently introduced my Kinders to the magic of watercolor and oil pastel resist. I love hearing the squeals of delight after seeing white oil pastel appear through a wash of color. These are the simple joys of teaching art. As with most watercolor projects, a good drawing lays the foundation for a successful project. Three directed line drawing instruction are included in the lesson plan. If you aren’t sure … Read More →