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See the Girl with the Pearl!

Sometimes known as “The Dutch Mona Lisa,” Johannes Vermeer’s The Girl with a Pearl Earring is one of the world’s greatest masterpieces. The mysterious yet beautiful face of a young woman dressed in colorful silk cloth with her glinting pearl drop earring as the focal point, is a breathtaking sight to behold. No, not her… […]

Math-e-Magical Tessellations by M.C. Escher

This year, students at Euharlee Elementary School are learning to make connections between math and other disciplines like art and music. Each nine weeks, we have a math-themed art lesson on “Wildcat Wednesday” for each grade level. On our first Wildcat Wednesday math lesson in art class, we learned about tessellations. Tessellations are amazing patterned […]

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One Fish, Two Fish, Paint a New Fish!

This First Grade lesson comes from Deep Space Sparkle, one of my favorite art lesson resources. I thought it would be a great color theory and line project to start out the year. The first graders remembered learning about the primary colors last year in Kindergarten, and this was a great way to review mixing primaries to […]

Tints and Shades with a Cherry on Top!

  Second Grade artists are learning about values and how to create a range of values in their art. They learned how to mix paint to make tints and shades of a single color to create a value scale. Tints are light colors, or colors mixed with white. A shade is mixed with black, and it […]

Back to School and Wild About Color!

The 2011-2012 school year has started, and we have jumped right in with some fun painting projects in K-3. Here is a sneak preview of what we’ve been working on, and I will write an in-depth post about each project coming soon. Fourth and fifth graders are still in progress. What we’re working on… Kindergarten-The […]

Flag Story Quilt

  This project is inspired by the artist Faith Ringgold and her work entitled, Flag Story Quilt. The class learns about the history of the American flag and the meaning behind the design. We also look at how Faith Ringgold used the flag in her own artwork to express her ideas about living in America. […]

Zebra Collage

  The first graders are learning about African wildlife, culture, and art. We began with learning about animals of the African savanna. For this project, we talked about my favorite animal, the zebra. We discussed the zebra’s diet, habitat, and predators, and how the zebra’s unique stripe pattern acts as camouflage in the shadows of […]

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Pop Art-Inspired Faux Food

For our first Art Club clay project this year the theme was junk food, inspired by Pop Artists like Claes Oldenburg.  The students created clay sculptures using simple forms like spheres, cones, slabs, coils and pinch pots and practiced sculpting and attaching pieces of clay to create life-sized, realistic looking food. The fired pieces were […]

Close-Up Snowmen

Third graders are wrapping up the semester with a close-up snowman painting. This lesson comes from the blog Deep Space Sparkle. We used 9×12″ blue construction paper, oil pastels, white tempera paint, brushes and cotton swabs. Most of the class was able to finish in one 45 minute class period, and the results were great. We talked […]

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

Third Grade students continued their study of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings by taking a look at “The Sunflowers”. This is one in a series of paintings on the same subject. The students took a look at the painting and the types of colors and shapes that were used. I pointed out that though the flowers […]