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 →

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 →

Color, Line and Pattern Art Project

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Kinders started their year exploring lines, patterns and color. On the very first day of art class, I read the children Art by Patrick McDonnell. It’s a perfect story about creating different types of lines. Then, it was time to paint! Supplies For this project, you’ll need a few basic supplies: 12″ x 9″ white sulphite paper (I cut my big sheets in half), tubs of liquid tempera paint (if … 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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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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