I love happy art lessons. The ones that engage children right from the get-go. These painted paper butterflies are a perennial favorite in my art room. My first graders make painted paper and then use the paper to create butterfly wings. I set out wing templates from my Eric Carle-Inspired Lesson Plans PDF but encourage [...]Pin It
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. [...]Pin It
What do homophones, homonyms and art have in common? Not much but the book, Cat Tale by Michael Hall does an amazing job of incorporating the two.
In this single, subject lesson plan, children create secondary colors from primary colors without even using a paintbrush. Inspired by three adventure-seeking cats who spend the afternoon chasing words, including homophones and homonyms, this book bridges reading skills and art.
The book provides wonderful visuals to support their tongue-twisting adventure and offers art students the chance to explore shapes, movement and self-expression. Perfect for children in grades 1-3.
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Here are two fail-proof 9-page art lesson plans that will add a spot of color to your winter classroom…. The Shape of My Heart Inspired by the book, The Shape of My Heart by Mark Sperring, this 9-page art lesson plan introduces young children to shapes, watercolor techniques and positive and negative space. Full-color photo [...]Pin It
My last Dr. Seuss art lesson was created two years ago and has become one of my most popular lessons of all time. Building on the same theme, I created three more Dr. Seuss lessons that are easy to do and fun for the children to create. This 21-page lesson plan booklet provides three lesson plans that include direct-line instruction so even the most art-challenged teacher can teach with success!
Perfect for celebrating Dr. Seuss Day or for anytime you want to add a fun, easy and colorful addition to your classroom walls, the following lessons hit the mark:
The Cat in the Hat: Follow a directed line drawing of this mischievous cat and paint with a simple technique. Stop here or glam it up with a colorful background.
Red from Hop on Pop: Red, a character in my favorite Dr. seuss book, Hop on Pop, children will enjoy drawing this cute character and paint a colorful mop of hair.
Red Fish, Blue Fish: A very easy directed line drawing creates a fanciful and very Dr. Suess-like fish. Chalk pastels make quick work out of this adorable art project.
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If you are looking for an expressive, easy and impressive penguin art project, look no further! These adorable penguins are quite easy to complete in two, 40-minute sessions and use simple art supplies. I’ve seen so many adorable penguin art projects, but my favorite are these. Thank you Mountain Color!
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Fill the cold winter months ahead with a bevy of beautiful Winter Art Projects! This 22-page booklet offers three cute, painterly and technique driven lessons to date. Inspired by a very large moose, a tranquil winter scene and the Great White North, these three lesson are adaptable for grades 1st-6th.
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If I had to choose my favorite snowman art lesson, it would be this one. The combination of skills: tracing, cutting, shading, drawing, pasting, composition, and painting checks off all of the standards but it was self-expression that really dialed this lesson up. I love seeing children engaged in art projects. You know the look; head down, tongue sticking out the side of the mouth, paint-covered hands. When this happens, you know the project hit a good note. It helps to begin this lesson with steps and process, but allow the children to finish the embellishments without interference. This is what my first graders did…
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Fun with Art Movements introduces Impressionism, Expressionism and Cubism to young children with three easy, colorful art lessons. Inspired by Van Gogh, Monet and Picasso (you can’t get any better with these three!) this 23-page booklet shows how to introduce these art movements in a fun, exciting way through coloring pages/drawing guides, full-color tutorials and special techniques.
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Arlo Needs Glasses by Barney Saltzberg is about as cute as you can get when it comes to interactive picture books. My group of Kinders LOVED this book. We read the book before we created our own Arlo dogs. Because the book is interactive, it is difficult to expect the children to stay seated. They [...]Pin It
If you are looking for an engaging book to pair up with an “apple” art project, Nikki McClure’s Apple is a lovely option. Crisp paper-cut illustrations pair with single word text engages children to fill in the storyline with their imaginations. I asked Nikki some questions and she graciously agreed to provide some answers. You [...]Pin It
These beautiful, glowing pumpkins have a lot going on: drawing from observations and sequence, primary color mixing, adding highlights, cutting and pasting skills and composition. I have a very strong group of Kinders this year and they did exceptionally well following this multi-step project. Here’s what we did…. Using a black oil pastel and a [...]Pin It
Deep Space Sparkle is pleased to announce our first e-book with video tutorials! Modern Masters for K-2nd grade contains three lesson plans that will check off all your art room standards. Easy and dynamic, the lesson now include the option to purchase the e-book with or without the video supplements. Modern Masters for Kinder-2nd grade [...]Pin It
I’m a planner. I like to be prepared. So whatever happened during those last few weeks of school that left me staring at 200 pieces of unglazed bisque, I’ll never know. I’m blaming Star Testing and the mutual decision to abandon the art schedule during testing and just tack 2 weeks on the end of [...]Pin It
Even though by the end of the year my art room is overflowing with painted paper scraps, I couldn’t resist using up my stashes of mixed paints to create this colorful assemblage of painted paper birds. My first graders created these birds in two, 40-minute sessions. A bit of a race I must say, but [...]Pin It