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
After 10 years of teaching art, I have never done a weaving project. Usually the classroom teachers take care of this standard but I couldn’t help myself. Inspiration from Art For Small Hands was enough to push me to try this new medium. I loved it and so did the kids. I’m not going to [...]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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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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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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This colorful owl is a great lesson for those times when you need a quiet art activity. Tearing and gluing small bits of paper may seem like a potentially frustrating activity for a 7 year old, but every time I do this lesson, I’m always surprised with the deliberate nature in which the children apply [...]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
It’s never to early to teach little children how to make a basic pinch pot because when they master one, they can make just about anything in ceramics. This little pig is two pinch pots scored together, with added legs, head, snout and in this case, a curly tail. How to make a pinch pot [...]Pin It
Who doesn’t love hippos? Aren’t they the strangest creature? My second and third grade students agree and we discussed the anatomy of the hippo as we drew their robust bodies. Using a basic oil pastel and watercolor resist, the children turned their drawings into an underwater collage. This lesson was inspired by the lovely illustrator, [...]Pin It
Color mixing is one of the most rewarding paint experiences in art class. Children love to squish, mingle and mix paint until there is nothing left but a big blob of muddy brown. We remedy that by teaching how to make secondary colors and that by adding white paint, they can achieve a myriad of [...]Pin It
There is nothing more rewarding than manipulating a big slab of clay into a shiny piece of art. Despite ceramics requiring a great deal of prep, it’s really the most wonderful of all the tactile art lessons. My Kinders were thrilled to see that they would be creating a ceramic fish bowl. Attention was sharp [...]Pin It