Triple Print

Third Grade:

Triple Print.
3 Related Objects.
Oil Pastels.

Tissue collage and printmaking

2nd grade.

Fish Dish

3rd Grade:

Clay Desserts

Cats on a Rug

1st Grade

Step by Step drawing a cat.
Watercolor crayons.
Color Theory: Complimentary colors.
Elements of art: Line.
Principles or design: Pattern.

Large Bird in a Costume

4th Grade:

Sharpie, Markers
How-to draw cartoony birds.

Principles of Design:
Emphasis or exaggeration. 
Balance using color.

Costume Ideas.

Hair Dresser.

Beach Bird.

Continuous line landscape

4th Grade

Line designs.
The students measured for the horizon line and the mountains. That way when we lined all of their work up the horizon lines lined up and the Mountains lined up as well.

Name Design

3rd Grade
Block letters
Sharpie and Markers
Color theory: analogous colors
Elements of art: line

Chalk Pastel Mountain Landscapes

5th Grade.

I showed them pictures of mountainy-desert landscapes. Then showed them the ripped paper technique using chalk. (Rip a long piece of paper. Color the chalk on the ripped paper. Use a tissue and swipe up or down, depending on the look you want, onto the black paper. Add deserty plants, stars, water, etc...

Chalk Pastel Trees

3rd Grade.
Background, Middle ground, Foreground.
Warm and Cool colors.
Drawing Trees.
Chalk Pastels.

Peter Max Profiles

5th Grade. We used markers, sharpie and construction paper. They incorporated 3 words and used symbols to describe themselves.

Peter Max

(1937–), US artist; born in Germany. His brightly colored works, begun as pop art in the 1960s, have included US postage stamps, murals for border stations between the US and Canada and the US and Mexico, posters for Woodstock revivals and the Earth Summit, and an annual series of Statue of Liberty paintings. He has also painted President Obama and Taylor Swift. He is famous for his poster of the Yellow Submarine for the Beatles.

Watercolor Crayon Resist Flowers

5th Grade.
Watercolors and Crayon Resist Techniques.

*Georgia O'Keeffe lesson.
(1887–1986), US painter. A pioneer of modernism in America, she first produced largely abstract work, adopting a more figurative style in the 1920s. Her best-known paintings depict enlarged studies, particularly of flowers.

Clay Hands

Saw this on Pinterest and attempted with my after school ceramics. I wouldn't do this again except with maybe 5th grade or Middle school kids. Its still pretty cute and I'm sure the parents of the little ones will love having their kids "hands".

The kids loved coming up with hand symbols.

We used texture rollers and stamps to get the texture on the hands and the little stand they sit on.

Clay Owls


First, make a pinch pot. Then turn it over to use as the body of the owl. Some of my students wanted to keep the pinch pot right-side-up so they could use their clay owls to put things in.

2nd, Make and attach the eyes. I showed them how to cut circles and slip and score to the face. They could also use the end of a rolling pin to press into the clay.

3rd, they cut out ovals for the wings. Then they added texture to them before attaching. Some chose their owls to be flying. 

4th, Add feet, and a beak. 

5th, Pinch up the ears. 

6th, Attach any accessories, i.e, eye glasses, a bow, one of my students made a pizza for their owl to carry?? They loved this step. It really made their pieces unique.