Sugar Skull Line Drawings & Collage

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This is a great lesson in which to teach symmetry, line and patterns plus a dive into the South American culture. The Sugar Skull is a symbol of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a holiday in November that honors the life of a loved one who has died. Here in Santa Barbara, there are festivals that celebrate this Mexican and South American holiday where children can decorate their own sugar … Read More →

Maud Lewis Folk Art Projects

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Maud Lewis is a Canadian Folk artist who hails from my neck of the woods, Nova Scotia. Her childlike landscapes depicting life in the maritime provinces are loved all across Canada. I love introducing not only Lewis but Nova Scotia to my So Cal students who are always impressed when they hear her story of  hardship. I’ve been doing Maud Lewis art lessons for years. I love teaching the basic techniques … Read More →

Easy Tissue Paper Art Project

Easy tissue paper art project

Sometimes I need a make-up day for my students to complete unfinished projects. Sounds great but there is always a group of kids whose portfolios contain all finished pieces. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have an entire class of these kids? It’s not likely, so for them I like to offer a project that moves beyond typical free-choice art and allows them to create a simple art project that still … 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 →

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 →