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

I have always loved the idea of collage. It’s always been very messy though and I end up hoarding way more things than I would like in an effort to make my project.  This project was a great way to push through the mess and learn how to create some really fun things with lots […]

This is probably the hardest lesson I’ve taught for Kindergarten: the snowman.  You think it’s going to be easy, but it turns out this was quite challenging.  Who knew?

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Sometimes it gets lonely in the art room.  I am the only one here who does my job.  The positives of being the one art teacher is that I have freedom from planning meetings, common assessments, etc.  Freedom, baby, yeah.

But, there’s a lot to be said for having a team. When things don’t go well you can run next door and ask for advice.  You can share your woes and triumphs because you have a team.  Your peeps.  They understand.  They’ve got your back.  I run down the halls excited about something that went really well.  People nod their heads and say, “That’s great.”  But they really don’t understand.  They don’t know the amount of work it took to get the kids to this point because they are not on my team.  Our experiences are just too different.  Right?!

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Every year I start off with teaching/reviewing the first element of art: lines.  Zentangles are a fantastic way to teach lines and patterns. Zentangles range from easy to complex and students get to practice adding their own twists to the designs they learn how to draw. Continue reading

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I did this lesson back in October and have previously posted it under Fall with Kindergarten (last year); however, I think it deserves a revisit. The main thing I did differently on this was a thinking routine.  This routine is “I used to think/Now I think.” Continue reading