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Mondrian-Inspired Collage

Piet Mondrian was a Dutch painter most famous for his non-objective grid paintings using black horizontal and vertical lines on a white background and filled in with primary colors. See this Wikipedia article for examples of his work- I showed first grade students images of his work and we identified the shapes and colors […]

Mystery Drawing

Fifth grade students are learning how to incorporate value and texture into their drawings to make them more realistic. The students did a few warm-up activities like shading a sphere and creating a value scale. They looked at some artwork examples and were asked to identify values that were dark, medium and light in value. […]

Patterned Chameleons

First Grade students are learning to identify and create patterns of colors, lines, and shapes. We discuss the different types of colors and patterns seen in nature, like the stripes on a zebra or the spots on a leopard. The students determined that animal colors and patterns serve different purposes. Sometimes they act as camoflage […]

Primary Polka Dots

This is a new project I am using for the first time this year with my first grade students to teach them about the color wheel. One of the standards for this age group is to understand how secondary colors are made by mixing primary colors. Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni helps […]

Line Explosion!

“A line is made when a dot goes for a walk,” I tell my kindergarten artists. This past week kinders are learning about the most basic element of art, the line. We use lines to draw shapes and write letters and numbers. We learned that they can be thick or thin, straight or curved, broken […]

Mixed Media Starry Night

This week third grade students are “Getting to Know Vincent van Gogh” and taking a closer look at his most famous work, The Starry Night. It was painted in 1889 by the troubled Dutch Impressionist as his impression of the view from his sanitorium window at night. Before telling them anything about the painting, I […]

Harold and the Purple Crayon

One of my favorite books as a child was Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. The original was written over 50 years ago, and it became a popular series of books. The illustrations are simple but captivating as you follow the story of Harold, a boy wandering around in his pajamas using his […]