I am not a very original person. Most of the projects I do are crafted from lessons I photocopied at my first school and have made alterations on. Some I make out of samples of crafts that I could never think of myself. Finally, I love to pull ideas off Pinterest. There are so many … Continue reading Art Teacher Blogs. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! (Winslow Homer)
It's October - which means Dia de Los Muertos is right around the corner! I imagine all other parent art volunteers are thinking of what Halloween or fall project to do while I sit here wondering if it's not too soon to start decorating the halls with sparkly Calaveras. Both would be beautiful of course … Continue reading Dia de Los Muertos!!
How to Present a New Art Lesson It can be scary as an Art Docent when you are considering a new project for your class. What worked for your second grade student may not be easily adapted to the fifth, but you're going to try. If you're modifying or making one from scratch; new lessons … Continue reading That cool thing you saw on Pinterest that you want to try with the kids……
I thought this PBS artice was super inspiring. Creativity is the freest form of self-expression. There is nothing more satisfying and fullfilling for children than to be able to express themselves openly and without judgment. The ability to be creative, to create something from personal feelings and experiences, can reflect and nurture children's emotional health. … Continue reading Fostering Creativity
Abstract Expressionism has a shared history with the The Great Depression. This art method was a very colorful way to wake up our nation after a long struggle. Artists of that time are many, but few are recognized. In the lessons below, there are multiple artists' work for you to sample from. " Abstract … Continue reading Abstract Expressionism – Go with it!
The school system in Anchorage has a pdf online for emergency art lessons. There's a lesson for each greade k - 6. Here's an example of a 4th Grade lesson: SUBSTITUTE TEACHER EMERGENCY LESSON Drawing Grade Level: 4 Objective: Abstracting objects Materials: White drawing paper, 11 x11" Black fine point drawing pens Crayons Objects to draw: … Continue reading Emergency art lessons… pretty cool stuff
Art is Basic has a page on their blog chock full of links to art teacher blogs oozing with fabulous art lessons! Have a look at the page: http://vividlayers.blogspot.com/p/art-teacher-blog-directory.html
Paper plate spin art without the spinner Choose any paint you have on hand and have the child put dabs or lines of paint colors on the paper plate. Next, invite the child to flip the paper plate over on a large sheet of paper. Then press down firmly with one hand and … Continue reading To Spin or not to Spin?
Monet Lily Ponds FINALLY, a use for the apple crates I gathered from the grocery! These have been stashed on the top shelf in the art room for a year!!! YAY!! I love Claude Monet. I love teaching students about him and his art work. I came up with the idea to paint a Monet … Continue reading Apple Crate to Monet Masterpiece
Super Clever Mann Art Docents Anju, Hiro and Lisa did this fine project with their Second Grade class. Over a period of 2 weeks, the students created these stitch samplers. These are their first stitches! Embroidery Samplers A needlework sampler is a piece of embroidery produced as a demonstration or test of skill in needlework. … Continue reading Stitching in Second – embroidery samplers