Watercolor Techniques: a 6th grade experiment

Children experiment with watercolor techniques. From DSS

Building up to my sixth grade student’s big unit on watercolors, I wanted to remind them of the various ways in which they can use watercolor paint.  Even though I use watercolors in every grade level and I have taught these children since first grade, it never hurts to remind the children, through their own experiments, of the unique qualities of watercolors. To begin, each student received a 12″ x … Read More →

Ted Harrison & Lawren Harris Northern Landscapes

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Back in my college days I studied Canada’s Group of Seven artists. Even though I was a young adult, I never quite understood or appreciated the beauty of their work. I thought of this as I introduced my students to  the art of Lawren Harris. I wondered how many thought it was interesting or how many would find it boring. You never really know what goes on inside a student’s … Read More →

Fruit Study Art Lesson

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Need a lesson where each component takes less than 15 minutes? Consider adding a mixed-media still life study to your art curriculum. I opt to teach this still-life study to older children (grades 4-6 or ages 10-12) as part of our fine arts unit and instead of only using one medium, I mix it up and allow children to create as many as four still-life studies with 4 different techniques. … Read More →

America the Beautiful Ceramic Tile Mural

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Another year has passed and with it another ceramic tile mural graces our school’s inner courtyard. I can’t think of a better way for our graduating students to celebrate their years at elementary school than by creating their own personal art legacy. I have documented the process of creating these beautiful murals in my Ceramic Mural Project Booklet. I think about the Oklahoma elementary schools that were affected by the … Read More →

America the Beautiful Mural…the beginning

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I’m in the planning stage of this year’s ceramic tile mural. A few weeks ago, a few 6th graders suggested that the mural theme have something to do with the United States. I was thinking that we might do a mural on Ancient Aztecs but after researching images, I decided that there wasn’t enough variety to sustain a mural. So I put some thought into the American mural idea and came … Read More →

Winter Art Projects Lesson Plans

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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. The 22-page booklet features three art lessons: Winter Moose Collage: Based on the best selling book Ernest by Catherine Rayner, … Read More →

Watercolor Art Projects for Grades 4-6

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The best watercolor projects start out as great drawings. Learn my simple techniques for creating wonderful pen drawings and the best approach to enhancing each project with pan and liquid watercolors. Designed to enhance upper grade units of study, the booklet can also be purchased with access to three video lesson tutorials! This 21-page booklet offers THREE art lesson plans: The White House: Learn to draw the White House using … Read More →