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 →

Watercolor & Paper Bouquets

Watercolor-Bouquet

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 →

Ted Harrison & Lawren Harris Northern Landscapes

Lawren-Harris-and-Ted-Harrison-Art-lesson

Back in my college days I studied Canada’s Group of Seven artists. Even though I was a young adult, I never quite understood or appreciated the beauty of their work. I thought of this as I introduced my students to  the art of Lawren Harris. I wondered how many thought it was interesting or how many would find it boring. You never really know what goes on inside a student’s … Read More →

Emily Carr Art Lesson Plan

Paint like Emily Carr

For every girl who has dreamed of paving her own path, Emily’s story will surely inspired. The youngest of five girls, Emily loved drawing from a very early age. Often scoffed at by her older sisters for her artistic perspective, Emily learned to do it her way. After traveling to San Francisco to study art and then to the UK and France, she eventually found her way home again to … Read More →

Repeat Fish Collage using Painted Paper

Painted paper fish collage art project

Updated on October 31, 2013: Enjoy this updated version of one of my favorite lessons…. Kids love painting paper. Place a piece of white paper and a few tubs of paint on a table and watch ‘em go at it. Pure joy. If you think Kinders love this technique, watch your fifth graders. They go all out. This is also a great lessons for teaching about patterns, design and repetition. … Read More →