I have done this lesson every year for the past seven years, and with good reason.  It touches so many key art skills.  Drawing from observation, overlapping shapes, drawing off the paper, stippling, texture, warm and cool colors, and details.

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Second grade is the oldest grade I work with this year so I’m trying to stretch them as much as I can in the drawing area.  Learning how to draw objects is a tricky thing for small children.  I love children’s art and never ever want them to lose their imagination or creativity; so teaching them realistic drawing skills is a mixed bag.  How do they get the skills AND keep their own drawing style? Continue reading

Want a cool way to integrate paper scraps, string, glue, and various materials into sculptures showing the basic lines?  Look no farther than this line project.  Continue reading

Every year, as part of my curriculum, we do a self-portrait. It’s been an interesting journey since I have students from kindergarten to grade three.  I get to see their progression each year.  This year, I was ultra impressed by my second-grade students.  Continue reading

For years I have been trying to teach the difference between warm colors and cool colors. I’ve had the students watch videos, look at paintings to show mood, wear t-shirts in a line.  I even have my classroom (table groups) divided into warm colors and cool colors.  Nothing helped these kids remember the difference between warm colors and cool colors…until….

I killed a snowman. Continue reading