Shape Robots

  To create a collage robot, third grade students cut out and glued down overlapping organic and geometric shapes. Supplies: Glue Sticks Scissors (mix of small and larger sizes) Construction Paper Pencils, erasers Downloadable PowerPoint: Shape Robots One of the challenges of teaching elementary art is learning to think like a kid again. What is fun?…

Pop Art Words

Third grade art students drew and painted onomatopoeias inspired by Lichtenstein’s artwork to create Pop Art Words. Supplies: Poster board, 9″x 12″ Pencils and erasers List of onomatopoeias Sharpies Tempera paint Brushes Water cups PowerPoint: Pop Art Words I was so surprised by how quiet my classroom got when my first group of 3rd graders started…

Independent Projects

At the end of the quarter, fourth grade art students created Independent Projects by choosing their subject and medium. Supplies: Markers Colored Pencils Crayons Watercolors Construction paper and glue Printmaking supplies Yarn Poster board Drawing paper PowerPoint: Independent Project For whatever weird scheduling reason, the third quarter is a little longer than the others. I decided…

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…

Hybrid Animals

Using photo references, fourth graders practiced observational drawing by combining characteristics of two different animals to create a hybrid. Supplies: Pencils, erasers Photo references of animals Sets of 24 colored pencils 9″ x 12″ drawing paper Downloadable PowerPoint: Hybrid Animals I wrote my hybrid animal lesson plan the first year I was teaching. I had middle school…

Radial Symmetry using Printmaking

Printmaking art project – fourth grade students carved designs into styrofoam using a pencil, then repeated it four times to create radial symmetry. Supplies: 4 inch squares of paper 4 inch styrofoam squares Painter’s Tape 8 inch squares of neon paper Spray bottles Plates or mirrors for rolling out ink Brayers Black printmaking ink Downloadable PowerPoint:…

The Stunning Simplicity of Notans

Fourth grade art students created notans by cutting shapes out and flipping them to create symmetry. Supplies: Small construction paper to cut out of (I use 9″ x 9″) Large paper to glue onto (I use 18″ x 18″) Scissors Glue sticks Downloadable PowerPoint: Notan I was unsure about doing a notan project with 4th graders….

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…

Color Theory Branches

Students in third and fourth grade classes worked collaboratively to paint branches using analogous and complementary color schemes. Supplies: Tempera paint Big and small brushes 6 or more branches Dental floss Binder clips or small metal hook Downloadable Sign: Color Theory Downloadable PowerPoint: Collaborative Branches Every quarter I get to collaborate with the Music and…