Mexican Unit: Fruit Crate Art Project

Continuing with our Mexico-themed art lessons, second graders created “Market Day” fruit crates. The project took three 45-minute sessions. First session: the students created their own painted paper. Second session:... Learn More

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Painted Paper Hearts Art Project

Laura at Painted Paper is my go-to source for inspiration. No one can teach color theory like she can! So when I saw her Picasso-Inspired Hearts, I knew I had... Learn More

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Working through a Bad Clay Day…

Things had been going so well. Half the year over, successful lessons, sunny days and then…boom! Fifth grade clay day. Sound the drums! Fifth grade is a big grade level.... Learn More


Starting Projects with Pencils: The Do’s & the Don’ts

I received this question via email today and thought my answer, plus any comments from readers, might help Megan out. Here is her question: Hi Patty, First I want to... Learn More


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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Parrot Art Projects

Tropical Birds are a wonderful way to teach a variety of lessons: color wheel basics, color mixing, drawing techniques. Parrots are an art room staple. They are easy to draw and... 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


Chinese Vase Art Project

This Chinese Vase Art Lesson is a simple, fast and effective lesson. The original idea came from Artsonia, but it’s been so long, I can’t remember the original source. I... Learn More

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