This year, I am really into the holidays. I don’t know why, but I’ve been wanting to decorate for Christmas starting right after Halloween.  I’ve embraced holidays in my classroom this year and we are doing lots of “seasonal” lessons.  It’s actually pretty cool because these lessons also help to teach some important skills.  Pumpkins are a great way to teach how students to draw using the shape of the object and how to blend correctly. Continue reading

Do you have a favorite artist?  Mine is Georgia O’Keeffe, followed by Marc Chagall, and then it opens up to a bunch of other great people who make my heart sing.  One of my latest loves is Wayne Theibald.  The man’s work shows a fantastic use of color.  His work is pure dream with whipped cream on top.

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Last year I collaborated with the second grade team when they worked on their insect unit in science.  They studied beetles so we made beetles using glue, metallic paint, and chalk.  This year, I wanted to do something similar.  Maille, my hall neighbor, and good friend, suggested I do something with bees and hexagons.  Boom! An idea was sparked.   Continue reading

This lesson was only supposed to take one day.  But it was so fun, it took three.  Continue reading

An oldie but a goodie:  Paul Klee’s Cat and Bird.  I’ve seen this on Pinterest and Google a lot as a “must do” art project for students.  Last year I did Paul Klee, but we concentrated on his use of shapes and bold colors to make cityscapes and castles.  This year, we made kitties with birds on their brains.  Continue reading

Keith Haring is a very fun artist to study, though I heavily advise you pick out the photos you want to share rather than just pull him up on Google.  His artwork is fun for young children to look at because of his simple shapes, bright colors, and lines to show movement. It also works […]