Friday, June 22, 2018

Leadership in the art room

Our school has a leadership theme. During the first week students will learn about these different characteristics in the art room and complete this matching activity.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Underwater selfies

2nd and 3rd graders wrapped up the year with this fun twist on a self-portrait. We began with an intro to the work of David Hockney and Pablo Picasso. Students had the choice to use watercolor colored pencils or crayons for their water bubbles. They also chose to paint over or around the portrait at the end. I love the variation of the hair and expressions on these.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Cultural Mash Up


Our district held a cultural night in every elementary school this year. Each homeroom teacher is assigned a country and the students create artifacts related to their country. There is a fashion show of clothing from around the world as well as food. Since I was not assigned a country, I displayed these dreamcatcher-mandalas. This is the second year we have done the project and the results were just as amazing and still a favorite among the 5th graders. They love the paint pouring ceremony at the end. The artist statement they submitted were thoughtful and inspiring.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Wild Beasts

Second grade watched the Mati and Dada video clip as an intro to Henri Matisse and created these amazing still life paintings.

The Kindergarten students watched a very brief into to Matisse as well before creating these mixed media collage works.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018


Third grade students finished their ecosystems. First time using acrylic on canvas for most of them. So proud of their efforts and the range of values they were able to mix. For more details on this collaborative project with their third grade teacher check out the previous posts here and here. This project made possible with an arts education grant from crayola.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Ecosystems Evolving

Students are now on their second week of painting their ecosystems. They have been watching their fish and herb kits in their homeroom classes.

They have painted the background of the canvas a solid blue. In groups they created value scales using blue and white acrylic paint. They have been brainstorming the animals that are part of a oceanic food chain and added a radial blend of tints to the background.

Getting excited to see the finished product next week. So thankful to Crayola for offering an arts education grant to make this project possible. Many of my 3rd graders have never used canvas or acrylic before so this has been a huge treat.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Paper Marbling

"Pezzetino and the Island of Wham"

My kindergarten and first graders blew me away with their amazing paper marbling efforts. The picture below includes every student from one first grade class. Each sheet incredibly unique and beautiful.

Here's a close up look at some kindergarten work.

Today we pulled it together using the book "Pezzetino" by Leo Lionni. I don't usually have them title their work, but today I asked the first graders to think about it and almost all of them had a title by the time they turned in their work. It added such a great dimension and showed their attention to the story.

"Pezzetino and the lost critter"

"Pezzetino Is Not Another Piece"

"Pezzetino Meets the Slow One"

This definitely makes me want to include titles more often.  If you'd like the lesson plan you can find it here.