James Rizzi Art Lessons

James Rizzi is a dynamic artist/illustrator who lived in New York City. His animated art style, rich in detail and expression, has a massive following. The simple black lines with... Learn More


Futuristic City Line Drawing Art Project

Usborne Activities’ 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... Learn More

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Oil Pastel Owl Art Lesson

It’s no secret that I love owls. Kids do, too. For this owl art lesson, I gave my sixth grade students a few “owl” options: a realistic owl, a whimsical... Learn More

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6th Grade Ceramic Mural

Five years ago, when my children’s elementary school did not have an art program, I persuaded the Principal to allow me to work with the 6th grade students to create... Learn More


Watercolor Clipper Ships Art Lesson

Clipper ships glide over the ocean at top speeds. The tangle of nets, ropes and sails, however, can make drawing a clipper ship daunting. Breaking down the ship’s parts into... Learn More

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Chalk Bird Art Project

Chalk pastels give the dramatic color intensity of tempera or acrylic paint with almost no prep time. Chalk gets a bad rap as being too messy. For the little ones,... Learn More

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Watercolor Birch Trees Lesson

Everyone has done a watercolor birch trees art lesson. They are such a lovely tree, stripped of their leaves and shimmering with black and white bark. Most kids in Southern... Learn More

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Emotion Portraits

As a creative warm-up and to practice making thick, thin and expressive lines, I introduced the sixth grade art rotation with Emotion Portraits. I found this idea on Flickr from... Learn More

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Ceramic Mural Project Plan

Ceramic murals or clay projects are truly one of the most cherished of all creative keepsakes in elementary school. And for good reason. Those treasured plaques, handprints and pumpkins are... Learn More


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