Picasso’s La Coq Pastel Project

Inspired by Picasso’s painting, La Coq, kids use a combination of oil and chalk pastels to draw a cubist rooster. Easy art activity that takes less than an hour.

The inventory situation in my art room has reached a critical point. I have depleted my black oil pastels, white paper and white paint. This trio is my milk, eggs and bread of the art room.  Not wanting to place an order when I have two more weeks of classes, I’m forced to go beyond what is comfortable and start using up the left-overs. My pastel drawer, which in September was … Read More →

Watercolor Bouquet Art Project & Video Lesson

Kids draw flowers with a marker and use liquid watercolor paints to add glorious color

Liquid watercolor paints get a good deal of use in my art room. So much in fact, that I keep watercolor-filled baby food jars at the ready in my cupboard.  When trying to decide whether to use liquid watercolors or tray watercolors, consider what your intention is for the art lesson. For this lesson I had three watercolor goals: Proper application of a wash Intense colors Oil pastel resist Wash: Tray watercolors are hard to … Read More →

Easy Watercolor Process Lesson

An easy watercolor resist lesson that is essential and fun for the early art years. Watercolor resist art project for kids.

Honestly. It’s like the kids have never seen this before. The ooh’s and ahhh’s that result in painting over an area of white oil pastel is worthy of admission. I needed a one-lesson project in order to keep my first grade classes in sync with each other. I whipped out my half-sheets of watercolor paper and a few jars of liquid watercolor paints and offered a quick demo on watercolor resist. Although … Read More →

Art Tip Video: Smoothing Technique

Video art tip: teach your kids how to paint smoothly

If you teach painting to kids, you know that one of the most difficult things to do is to encourage kids to smooth their paint. You know what I mean. Some areas of the painting will have big blobs of paint whereas other areas are watery and pale. Although some kids argue that this is their artistic vision (you know who they are) most can really benefit from a technique that helps … Read More →

Springtime with the Masters Art Lesson Packet

Springtime with the Masters Easy Art Projects

According to my 2015 Readers Survey, many of you need simple, easy lessons that involve little to no prep. Here’s what you said… Do these requests sound familiar? There are many needs out there and I know I can’t help all of you, but I love responding to your request. Springtime with the Masters is a collection of easy prep art activities using paper, marker and colored pencils. these aren’t your typical Deep … Read More →

Henri Matisse Purple Robe Mixed-Media

Henri Matisse’s Purple Robe with Anemones mixed-media art project for kids.

Henri Matisse may be best known for his colorful cut-outs, but I love his paintings. Purple Robe with Anemones is bright, colorful, fluid and offers a high interest level for kids. There is so much to look at: the colors, patterns, textures, etchings and perspective. I created a Purple Robe with Anemones Lesson for my Modern Masters Art Project PDF a few years ago. My students used oil pastel and tempera paint to … Read More →

Monsters Love School

Inspired by the book, Monsters Love School by Mike Austin, children pick body parts to create their own unique monster to draw and paint. Fun art activity for boys and girls.

Monsters are always a popular subject for my youngest art students. My go-to monster lesson for this age group has always been Where the Wild Things Are, but this year I looked for a new source of monster delights. Enter Monsters Love School by Mike Austin. In the running for a monster related story was If You’re A Monster And You Know It by Ed and Rebecca Emberley But in the end … Read More →

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I teach art to 400 school children in Goleta, California. My art library contains hundreds of free art lesson ideas. My shop has art lesson plans, videos and resources to help you teach art to kids. It's a whole lot easier with Deep Space Sparkle.
 
 

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