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 →

Foil Turtle and Fish Collage

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This lesson was inspired by a lesson in The Usborne Book of Art Projects. It was a huge hit with my third grade class. The lesson in the book focused on fish but I thought a sea turtle would look lovely swimming in the glittery waters. Creating the Background There are a couple of ways to make the water background for the sea turtle and fish. One method is to use … Read More →

Piet Mondrian Art Lessons

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Last year I wanted to introduce my second and third grade students to Piet Mondrian and figured it would be super easy to find an art lesson based on his abstract compositions. Not so much. I found a few lesson ideas but needed to alter them to fit into my time slot. I had really hoped to do the lesson in one class period as so many of my lessons up until … Read More →

Easy First Day Art Project

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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 →