Matisse-Inspired Christmas Tree

Kids create a Matisse-inspired Christmas tree. Quick and easy holiday craft project for boys and girls.

I wasn’t planning for this project to take one class period, but that’s how it turned out. Sometimes it’s tricky gauging how long it will take children to complete a project. I was a little off on this one. My goal was for my first grade class to create a symmetrical coniferous tree (or a Christmas tree!) and add Matisse-inspired shapes for decoration. I anticipated two, 40-minute class periods. Truthfully, I’m not completely … Read More →

Poinsettia Print Project

Poinsettia print art project: simple kid’s art and craft activity for the holidays.

One of my favorite art lessons for kids involves a simple kitchen sponge and tempera paints. If you haven’t tried this lesson before, gather up some kitchen sponges and cut into petal shapes. I promise the prep you do now will last for years. The last time I did this lesson was in 2010 and I still have the sponges. This lesson takes one, forty-minute class time. In my class of … Read More →

7 Winter Art Lessons To Try

A collection of 7 winter art and craft projects for kids ages 5-10

Winter is coming and that means I get to pull out my favorite art projects for my students. There is something about blue and white paint that always inspires a few snowmen or snow angels. And yes, I will admit that my glitter supply is well stocked! Here are some of my favorite art lessons and coordinating picture books that I have done throughout the years that always bring a smile … Read More →

Snowman Collage Project

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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

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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 →

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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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