Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Greek Columns

These Greek Columns are a variation from the original project that I did last year.  You can find the original post here.  For these columns, students used shaving cream and liquid watercolors to create a "tie-dye" background.

Birch Trees

Here are some more birch trees!  To check out my original post on birch trees, click here.

Self Portrait Playing Cards

These self portraits were created by 5th graders.  To introduce the lesson, students talked about playing cards as art and why or why not they might be considered art.  Great class discussion! After giving them a few tips on how to draw a self portrait, they traced their drawing on to a half sheet of Styrofoam.  To create the reflection, students just turned their Styrofoam and printed it upside down. Check out the 5th grade results below! 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Third grade students used prior knowledge of "The Nutcracker Ballet" from their 2nd grade music class, to draw inspiration for their artwork.  They created their nutcracker illustrations using geometric shapes.  How many shapes can you find in their drawing? 

Thiebauld Cakes

4th grade students learned about the artist Wayne Thiebaud and his work with sweets!  This lesson also incorporated fractions in art.  I used a website from the National Gallery of Art to help connect art & math concepts.  Here's the link: Frosted Fractions  The NGA website has lots of great ideas for art & cross-curricular connections.  Be sure to check it out!

Thursday, March 15, 2012


For third grade's day zero project, they learned about mosaics!  The theme for the day was "Greek and Roman day".  Since the lesson had to be a short, 1 day project- I had pictures of Greek and Roman things for them to choose from.  Normally, I would have them draw their own Greek or Roman symbol. They used pre-cut tiles to create the design inside their symbol. Check out their mosaics below! 

Up Close Snowman

First grade students learned about enlarging and zooming in to the picture plane.  They listened to the story "Snowball" by Lois Ehlert and talked about what it is like to build a snow man.  Although, with this mild winter- they didn't really get much experience in the snow man building area! Check out their art work below!