Colorwheel Clowns

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Second grade is perfect grade level to introduce primary and secondary color mixing plus creating tints. It’s the tint factor that creates the WOW in this painting lesson as it takes color mixing to a whole new level for seven and eight year olds. For this lesson you’ll need: 12″ x 18″ white sulphite/construction paper Liquid Tempera Paints (blue, yellow, red and white Black oil pastel CLICK to download information … Read More →

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 →

Activity Pack: Color Theory and Literature

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse is my first literature pick for My DSS Activity Packs.

In my attempt to respond to my most frequently requested materials, I am thrilled to announce the arrival of my newest genre: Art Activity Packs! There are quite a few of you out there who want so desperately to read a book to your students (or children) and offer a simple follow-up art activity. Notice how I said activity? In my mind, there is a distinction between an art lesson … Read More →

Homophone and Homonym Art Activity

Homophone and Homonym Art Activity

Based on the book “Cat Tales” by Michel Hale, children explore the color wheel by creating secondary colors from primary colors. Using shapes to create the Cats from the book, children become aware of movement, expression and composition. This 8-page lesson plan includes full color photo tutorials, student agllery, a handout to show how easy it is for first graders to make a shape cat and tips for encouraging the … Read More →

Quick and Easy Art Lessons

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You asked and I listened! I’ve received quite a few emails in the past few months asking me to produce a packet of easy to do art lessons. While I can’t solve everyone’s time crunch issues, I’ve made it a point to see how an art lesson, that is rich in learning objectives, can be completed in 45 minutes or less. I know that some of you have only 30 … Read More →

Santa Barbara Mission Paintings

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The Santa Barbara Mission is perched on top of a gentle hill over looking the city and the distant ocean. An extensive rose garden offers the visitor a place to picnic, play and enjoy the Spanish architecture of the mission. This is my city. The weather is glorious and I imagine the Spanish Franciscans who founded the mission in 1786 thought so, too. Three adobe churches were constructed on the … Read More →

Snowman Collage Project

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This happy snowman teaches color theory, collage techniques, and perspective in about two, 45-minutes art classes. I did this project with two first grade classes and varied the sequence or steps to see which method is the most effective. ¬†Whenever you have a multi-step project, it helps to figure out the best sequence or you’ll end up creating a lot of confusion. The following instructions outlines what I think is … Read More →