Kandinsky Drawing Game 

After learning about Kandinsky, second graders played a drawing game using crayons. Later, they painted over their artwork with ink to create a wax resist. Art Lesson Video: Kandinsky Drawing Game, Part 1 & Kandinsky Drawing Game, Part 2, Ink Set-up Video Drawing Prompts: Kandinsky Drawing Game Supplies: 9″ x 12″ white paper Crayons India Ink, one…

Surreal Landscape 

Inspired by Vladimir Kush, fourth grade students cut out an image from a magazine and created a surreal background for it using watercolor pencils. Art Lesson Video: Surreal Landscape, Cutting & Surreal Landscape, Coloring & Surreal Landscape, Painting PowerPoint: Surreal Landscapes Supplies: Magazines Scissors Glue sticks 9″ x 12″ poster board Watercolor pencils Brushes One of my favorite art…

Watercolor Grid

After discussing a painting by Jasper Johns, second graders drew a grid using crayon and filled each square with a letter of their name. Then, they painted over their drawing with watercolors. Art Lesson Video: Watercolor Grid, Part 1 & Watercolor Grid, Part 2 PowerPoint: Watercolor Grid Supplies: 9″ x 12″ poster board Rulers Crayons Watercolor…

Warm and Cool Shapes

After cutting and gluing organic and geometric shapes, elementary art students use warm or cool colored markers to fill the background of their artwork with lines. Art Lesson Videos: Warm and Cool Shapes, Part 1 & Warm and Cool Shapes, Part 2 PowerPoint: Warm and Cool Shapes Supplies: 9″ x 12″ white paper Sets of warm and cool…

Bold Wax Resists

Wax resists are a great way to end the quarter! Each student created an abstract or realistic drawing, colored a thick waxy layer with crayon, crumpled it and painted it with india ink. Art Lesson Videos: Wax Resist, Part 1 & Wax Resist, Part 2 Supply Set-up Video: Ink Set-up PowerPoint: Bold Wax Resists Supplies: 9″ x…

Miro Creatures

  Third grade art students “painted” a background with bleeding tissue paper, then created creatures using lines and shapes from Miro paintings. Art Lesson Videos: Miro Creatures, Part 1 & Miro Creatures, Part 2 PowerPoint: Miro Creatures Supplies: Poster board – 9″ x 12″ Bleeding tissue paper, cut into rough squares Small spray bottle for each table, on mist setting…

Klee-inspired Watercolor Crayons

Inspired by Paul Klee’s artwork, second grade students used watercolor crayons to create artwork with geometric shapes. Supplies: Light poster board Rulers Assorted circular lids for tracing Watercolor crayons Paint brushes Cups Downloadable PowerPoint: Klee Watercolor Crayons This quarter I have the 2nd graders that I had at the beginning of the year. I have been…

The Magic of Wax Resist

Inspired by James Rizzi, fourth grade art students drew landscapes or cityscapes in crayon, then painted their art with watercolors to create a wax resist. Supplies: Poster board (I used light weight) Crayons Watercolor paints Cups Brushes Downloadable PowerPoint: Wax Resist Scapes I love love love the first painting project with a class! For 4th…