Painted Pears Still Life

Kids paint a beautiful pear still-life observation painting

Are you in the mood for some warm weather colors? I thought so.  Although I LOVE the holiday colors and winter art projects, sometimes you need a change of scenery. My little Kinders created these amazing pear paintings in the fall using pre-mixed colors and inspiration from various artists. I researched pear still-life paintings and found a lovely Cézanne, a Van Gogh and a few pieces from new artists. I placed … Read More →

How to Draw & Paint a Turkey

Thanksgiving-turkeys

Need a quick and easy 40-minute art lesson for your Kinders or first grade class? For the last day of my Fall rotation, Kinders created these adorable thanksgiving turkeys. I hadn’t done a guided drawing lesson with this group yet, but since they have all settled down and have become quite good listeners, I figured a directed line drawing lesson was due. You’ll need a 12″ x 18″ piece of sulphite paper, black oil … Read More →

Colorwheel Flowers Art Lesson

Colorwheel-Flowers-Art-Tutorial

These happy flowers were a perfect introduction to art for my Kinders. Drawing with pastels, painting with puck tempera and creating dots, lines and patterns with black and white paint covered many art standard basics. Here’s what we did: Using a black oil pastel on large paper (18″ x 24″), Kinders drew a circle in the middle of the paper. Then, they drew a larger circle around the first circle. … Read More →

Pumpkin Harvest Collage

Harvest-Pumpkins

I don’t always see my Kinders in the first art rotation of the year but when I do, we always make some type of pumpkin project. I love this Funny Face Pumpkin for the sheer cutest factor but one of my favorites is the Starlight Pumpkin we did a couple of years ago. This year, I adapted one of my favorite first grade lessons, Autumn Collage, to meet the skill set of my Kinders. This … Read More →

Pinch Pot Animals for Kinder and First Grade

How to make pinch pot animals with little ones by Deep Space Sparkle

At the request of one of my Kinder teachers (who showed me a very cute ceramic cat and bird inspiration piece), I created a seemingly simple pinch pot lesson for my 3 Kinder Classes. My goal was to teach a basic clay pinch pot to my Kinders but create three different animals: a cat, a bird and a mouse. Here are the two inspiration pieces… Pretty cute, right? I thought … Read More →

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Welcome to DSS. I'm an art teacher to 400 elementary kids in Goleta, California. This is where you will find a library of art lessons, handy PDF lesson plans and resources to make teaching art to kids a whole lot easier.
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