Sunday, May 7, 2017

Mouse Paint.

You want a simple way to teach Kindegarten how to mix primary colors to create secondary colors?  Here is the book that you need.  Unfortunately the book does not teach the kinders how to clean up the paint afterwards:) You are on your own for that!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Alphabetical color theory.

Kindergarten learned about color and how to mix colors by the layering technique.  They also proved to me that they do in fact know their alphabet.  Our goal was to create 26 different colors on our paper.  This was a fun experiment.  Some students even started to name the new colors they created.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A blast from the past.

I read this book to my first graders.  I remember checking this book out in elementary school when I was a kid.  I was two years old when this book was published.  I loved teaching a lesson using this fine piece of literature.

If the dinosaurs came back....

First grade did a cut and paste project based on the book by Bernard Most "If the Dinosaurs Came Back".  Contrast, overlapping to create depth, using a straight edge, and drawing from observation were all applied during this project.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Pinch pot time!

Kindergarten students learned the difference between 2-D and 3-D art.  We also discovered that some art can even be functional.  They created a pinch pot and learned the basic clay building process.  They were, needless to say, excited!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


A lot of elementary art does not turn out the way the little artist means for it to turn out.  I do not teach so that the students produce perfection.  I teach process and experience.  I love the process of creating art.  If art was suppose to turn out well all the time my class would be stressful (and waste a whole lot of paper because they would constantly start over).  Anyway this zebra spoke to is my favorite one:)   

Saturday, March 18, 2017


Kindergarten learned about the process of collage.  We also learned a bit about Zebras and Africa and the importance of a local zoo.  Can you tell what shapes we learned about in this project?  We are working on our drawing skills by breaking it down into shapes:)