Not Your Average Coloring Center

Elementary art students can choose to go to a coloring page center where they re-invent artwork by an artist they just learned about. PowerPoint: Table Artists 2015 & Table Artists 2016 Supply Box Labels: Table Name Images, Table Names Coloring Pages: Kusama Coloring, Lange Coloring This is the second year I’ve named each of my tables after famous artists. I decided to…

Chalk Pastel Observational Drawings 

After observing still lives by Georgia O’Keeffe, elementary art students create their own “up-close” observational drawings. Art Lesson Videos: Chalk Pastel Observational Drawings, Part 1 & Chalk Pastel Observational Drawings, Part 2 PowerPoint: Observational Drawings Supplies:  9″ x 9″ colorful construction paper Sharpie Chalk pastels Assorted objects I wanted to put a new spin on my usual Georgia…

Draw a Verb

After reading Lines that Wiggle, elementary art students drew lines inspired by a verb and colored their artwork using markers and colored pencils. Art Lesson Videos: Draw a Verb, Part 1 & Draw a Verb, Part 2 PowerPoint: Draw a Verb Supplies: Lines that Wiggle by Candace Whitman 9″ x 12″ drawing paper Markers Colored pencils…

Shapes and Sizes

Elementary art students used markers and crayons to create artwork with big, medium and small shapes. Supplies: 9″ x 12″ white paper Markers Crayons Pencils, erasers Downloadable PowerPoint: Shapes and Sizes The beginning of the year with second graders is always a little crazy. My class is the first time they have ever gone to Art…

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…

Frank Stella Inspired Drawings

Fourth grade students created drawings using geometric or organic shapes after viewing artwork by Frank Stella. Art Lesson Videos: Frank Stella Drawings, Part 1 & Frank Stella Drawings, Part 2 Supplies: 9″ x 12″ white drawing paper Pencils, erasers Drawing tools (rulers, protractors, compasses, etc.) Colored pencils Markers PowerPoint: Stella Drawings I was inspired by a post I…

Create a Coloring Page

Third and fourth grade art students drew their own coloring book pages, then colored a photo copy of a classmate’s artwork. Supplies: Copy paper Pencils Sharpies Crayons Copier (Make one copy of each drawing) Downloadable PowerPoint: Create a Coloring Page   This project is a winner for artists of all ages – I have done it…

Kandinsky Circles

A collaborative art project for 2nd graders – students painted circles inspired by Kandinsky’s artwork. Supplies: Colorful poster board, 12″ x 12″ Tempera paint Paintbrushes For Hanging: Staple gun Staple Remover (This kind of staple remover has saved me so much time and frustration!) PowerPoint: Kandinsky Circle My goal last year was to display one collaborative piece of…

Relaxing with Rothko Watercolors

Fourth grade art students used color schemes to create watercolor washes inspired by Rothko’s artwork. Supplies: Poster board scraps, various sizes Color Wheel worksheet Colored pencils, one set of 12 for each table Wide watercolor brushes (for washes) Watercolors 9″x 12″ watercolor paper PowerPoint: Rothko Watercolors I needed a quick three day project for my fourth…

Castle Creativity

Third grade students planned their castle’s mood and landforms, chose their focal point, then colored their drawing with oil pastels. Supplies: Construction paper Pencils, erasers Sharpie Oil pastels Downloadable PowerPoint: Castle Creativity I am always searching for projects that will encourage my students to stretch their creative and problem-solving muscles. I found an idea for a…