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 →

Bug Paintings

Bug-Drawings

It is sometimes required that I visit a classroom to conduct an art class. Last year, my first grade students were treated to such a visit. I say “treated” because art is usually conducted in my art room but because of standardized testing rules at my school (no movement between classes), it was easier for me to walk to their classroom than vice-versa.  I needed a lesson that didn’t require … Read More →

Skyscraper Line Drawing

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Inspired by illustrator, Marz Jr. 5th grade students looked at pictures of skyscrapers and created a retro line drawing of their observations. The students used a black Sharpie marker to draw the contour lines of a skyscraper (we looked at famous New York landmarks) and then got busy adding the dozens and dozens of extra windows and doors. I suggested drawing 2-3 skyscrapers on the colored paper and leaving enough … Read More →

Pinterest Picks

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Don’t you love Pinterest? It’s an art teacher’s dream! It wasn’t that long ago that I struggled to bookmark the URL’s of my favorite art inspirational finds, and now Pinterest makes it so easy. By now, most everyone in the blog world is familiar with Pinterest, so there’s no need to go on and on how deliciously simple and lovely it is. This week, I’ve been pinning like crazy, trying … Read More →

Futuristic City Line Drawing Art Project

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Usborne Activities’s 365 Things to Draw and Paint (Activity Books) is a great resource for art techniques and ideas. I love the look of the Futuristic Cityscape lesson and knew it would translate well for my group of 5th and 6th graders. The idea of a line drawing with shots of color appeals to me as a teacher and to my students. You can put as much or as little color … Read More →

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About Patty

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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