One Last Lesson

Yes! You can put away the Art Room and still have something to do. The students probably have the supplies for this artwork in their desks already. And the best thing (imho) here, is that the concepts and practiced skill learned in this lesson will give them something to do all summer or whenever they’re … Continue reading One Last Lesson

Art Teacher Blogs. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! (Winslow Homer)

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)

Megalithic Macho Moai Men of Rapa Nui

Model a Moai Statue! Pique a child's interest in history by recreating the ancient stone-carved statues of Easter Island using self-hardening dough or clay. “There exists in the midst of the great ocean, in a region where nobody goes,  a mysterious and isolated island,” wrote the 19th-century French seafarer and  artist Pierre Loti. “The island is planted … Continue reading Megalithic Macho Moai Men of Rapa Nui

That cool thing you saw on Pinterest that you want to try with the kids……

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……

Fostering Creativity

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

Mehndi – Henna Tattoo

Mehndi, the art of henna painting on the body, has been practiced in parts of India, Africa and the Middle East for centuries. Henna is a dye procured from a tree: Lawsonia inermis, whose leaves when dried and mixed with boiling water stain the skin with mahogany color. Dried henna plant leaves are made into … Continue reading Mehndi – Henna Tattoo

Painting like Dale Chihuly

A fantastic Lesson from Pepperpaints Painting Like Dale Chihuly Chihuly is well know for his glass works but his paintings and his painting style is also impressive. Click the picture below to see a few google images of his paintings To mimic Chihuly’s style of painting we layered paint on to canvas through several steps. … Continue reading Painting like Dale Chihuly

Don’t cry over spilled paint

Let gravity do the work - Pendulum painting I remember playing with those plastic disks with the pencil holes in them. How precise and careful you had to be to exert the perfect amount of pressure to keep the cogs of the spirograph from skipping. Spirograph, drip, pendulum, pour...  I've been trying to tie this type … Continue reading Don’t cry over spilled paint

Abstract Expressionism – Go with it!

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!

Positive and Negative – the Japanese art of Notan

The Espansion of the Square Notan is a Japanese word which means "dark-light.” The word, however, means more than that. The principle of Notan as it relates to design is defined as the interaction between positive (light) and negative (dark) space.  The classic yin/yang symbol is a reflection of this desire for balance. Materials: White Paper, 12 x 18 Black … Continue reading Positive and Negative – the Japanese art of Notan