I have taught a version of this lesson since maybe my second year teaching. It's fun project where students create a full painting and use all of the primary and secondary colors. This is the perfect lesson to review color mixing and painting procedures.
This year, my first and second graders used bingo daubers (thank you Cassie Stephens for the idea!! We love using them!) to draw the fish and the backgrounds. The bingo daubers help my kids to draw BIG and we don't have to draw with pencil first.
On the first day of the lesson, we drew the fish and the backgrounds with the bingo daubers. They made six fish for the six primary and secondary colors. We began with big circles and then I demonstrated a few different ways to approach drawing the fish. On the second and third day, we painted the primary and secondary colors. First grade took two days and second grade took just one. For second grade, I gave them a checklist of the colors they needed to have represented and challenged them to complete the list on their own. On the final day, we made light blue for the water and painted the rest of the background.
I loved all of the details they created, too. Many of my kids are knowledgeable about fishing, so they had a lot to add!
This was a quick two class lesson that I used to reinforce cutting and gluing skills while I worked with small groups to finish the butterfly lesson. I needed to get the butterflies completely finished for the mural, but I wanted to have the other students working on something creative and purposeful. I'll post the butterfly lesson soon!
I gave my kids bins of the beautiful painted paper scraps from the first and second grade paper weaving lesson and had the kids cut (no drawing first) and arrange them on their paper for about twenty minutes. Then, I gave them about ten minutes to glue the pieces, get cleaned up, and meet me on the floor. I did these same procedures for two forty-five minute class periods.
I was so impressed with what they came up with! They all wanted to tell me stories about what was happening in their artwork and how they made their pieces come together into a picture. There were so many beautiful houses, landscapes, animals, and people! This was a great short lesson that I can see myself doing again when a class gets ahead or when I need students to be able to work mostly on their own for a short period of time. It worked well for the second semester when students already knew classroom procedures and had prior practice with scissors and glue.
This is probably my favorite version of this lesson that I have done so far! In the past I used toilet paper rolls to make the hearts and had students stitch the sides of the paper with yarn. Lesson here.
Now, I've made the switch to cookie cutters and I had students use oil pastel to create a variety of line types on their paper. I could also have them sew the sides, but I like keeping this lesson to two class periods and not any longer. The cookie cutters were in a set from Amazon. I use them all of the time for printing with pre-k!
Each group gets one color to print for a few minutes, then I switch the trays and they get the next color. On the second day of the lesson, we created line types on a new red or pink paper with oil pastel. Then, we traced a heart on the back of their black paper, cut it out, and used a glue sponge to glue it.
Wanted to brag on my fourth and fifth grade students!
They created these amazing pumpkins back during the second quarter. I like to do this lesson every other year as my main painting lesson for the upper grades. It takes quite a few weeks and great focus from my students, but they are so proud of their final artworks. It combines all of the painting skills they have been developing in the younger grades into one big lesson.
This year, I displayed over twenty of these colorful pumpkins in the school district building during my school's assigned month.
This was a new lesson for kindergarten this year! I was searching for a lesson for early October where we could review all of the secondary colors. We did the orange and purple and was I satisfied with having just two represented in the work, but realized we could make the eyes green with oil pastel! Perfect!
We created a simple orange painted paper for the background and a smaller painted paper in purple for the spider body. A few of my classes got weeks behind, so we just used purple construction paper for the bodies.
For the webs, we created three diagonal lines from one corner with black oil pastel. Then we made small straight lines, filling in one section at a time. We did this all step by step together and by the end I was much better at teaching it. All of the spider webs turned out wonderful. I love all of their beautiful mark making.
Creating an accordion fold was more challenging than the webs, but again, by the end I was much better at teaching it. Even if all of the legs weren't perfect, they did it and they were proud of their work.
On the last day of the lesson, we made the sweet little faces and glued everything together. I loved all of the creative faces they made! I will definitely encourage more of that next year. The littlest kids always make the greatest faces on their little characters!
I honestly wasn't sure how this lesson would go because of the web (I usually don't do this much guided drawing) and the accordion folding, but my kids did so well! It was a great lesson to review line types, secondary colors, mixing and painting skills, and cutting and gluing skills. This lesson took four 45 minutes classes, which was longer than I expected, but I think it taught so many great skills and the results were worth it.
I LOVE seeing my youngest students! I see them during my one open block once a week because I believe it is best for the students to start coming to special area classes and being exposed to new things. And they are the most wonderful kids to work with! Every process is magical and they love the opportunity to explore and create.
My pre-k and ESE pre-k classes come to art together for a thirty minute block. Total, I have thirty students ages three to five and multiple teachers and aids to help with this group. I try to focus mostly on fine motor skills, exposure to materials, and experimenting with materials. Product usually comes together with display, adding a frame, or drawing or cutting out a simple shape. And often product just doesn't matter!
These are my favorite lessons from the first half of the school year!
This is my seventh year in my little art room and my seventh year teaching! I love beginning a new school year and making things new and exciting for my students. I try to make a few purposeful changes each year to help things go smoother in the classroom. This year, I'm focusing on cleanup procedures and having my students be more independent during cleanup time. I'm also expanding on what my students can do when they finish lessons early, again focusing on independent work.
For cleanup, I am assigning basic clean up jobs, like paper collector and table supply organizer by colors that correspond to assigned seats. Students can view their weekly jobs on a pocket chart near our Today's Cleanup chart with visuals for cleanup. So far, about half of the classes are really getting it, but some are having a hard time staying at their table for cleanup or doing only their cleanup job. I think all this will take time and practice, but it will be worth it in the long run. I always want to give my students opportunities to be independent and not need to hear specific, repetitive instructions from me on a daily basis.
This year, students will have opportunities to create with drawing books, blocks, modeling clay, white boards, and other activities based on how much class time is left when they finish their work. I want to avoid the quick free draw that ends up in the trash. This was inspired by Cassie Stephens' free choice art area. So far, teaching these new procedures to my upper grades has been fairly simple and successful. I started introducing blocks, shapes, modeling clay, and books with my younger early finishers last year, so I think it will go well this year, too.
I'm excited for the little changes in the art classroom this year and for all of the things we will create and learn.
This is my second year teaching a summer art camp from home. It's a great opportunity to try out new materials or ideas and to teach lessons that I can't do in my classroom because of budget, time, or class size.
This year, I had students ranging from entering kindergarten to fourth grade. This is what kept us busy:
Sketchbooks, bingo dauber painting, washable glue batik, CD printing, sewing, color mixing with frosting, and LEGO printing.
This is easily one of the most adorable projects we've ever done. My littlest artists create the cutest faces, so I always love having them make sweet little animals. This year, it was baby tigers since we are the Eastside tigers!
First, we created orange together and painted the paper plates. They continued to make orange on their own as needed. Then, we added texture to our tigers by printing with plastic forks with the red, yellow, and orange paint. We made a "tap, tap, tap" sound to avoid smearing paint with the forks.
After the tigers dried, we cut out and glued the ears. Then, we added the face and stripes with oil pastel. I have students first practice the face on piece of scrap paper. We do this step by step and then again step by step on the paper plate. In previous years, I had them practice faces on the back of their plate, but I think they do better when they can see their first try when they draw the face again.
These tigers were used in our mural for the Night of the Arts.
I am a seventh year art teacher with degrees in Art Education, living and working in northern Florida. Each week, I teach over six hundred students in grades PreK through fifth. Here you will find what we are learning in the art classroom!