Snowman Collage Project


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 →

Snow Angel Art Lesson


When I come across an art lesson that checks off as many boxes as this one, I can’t wait to share it with you. Part literature, part math, part art and all fun, this is a lesson you can do with many age levels. I created this lesson based on the book A Perfect Day by Carin Berger. Her artwork has lovely layers of printed pages, soft washes and vintage textiles and … Read More →

Here, Near & Far Winter Trees


Atmospheric perspective is a big word for kinder and first grade students but in this lesson they get to play with color value and distance to achieve it. To set a tranquil mood and frosty atmosphere, I read the book Once Upon a Northern Night by Jean E. Pendziwol. You can read my review of this book here. After I read the book, I showed the children a landscape painting that … Read More →

Christmas Art Projects Round-up


I adore Christmas and all the traditions and festivities surrounding it. Creating paper Santa’s and collage angels were a favorite activity when I was a child. But today, fewer schools are allowing Christmas based activities and mine is one of them. So instead of posting a Deep Space Sparkle Christmas art lesson, I’m posting my favorite finds for 2013. I tried to find projects that link to sites that offer … Read More →

The Snowy Day Art Project

A Snowy Day Art Lesson

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is a perennial favorite in art rooms. The text is simple yet it easily brings round memories of my childhood days in Atlantic Canada; cold, raw and filled with possibilities. My Southern California students have very little, if not any, experiences with snow. A few have gone on ski trips but I suspect that might be the extent of it. Still, with the help … Read More →