Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dia de Muertos.


Grades 1-5 learned about the "Day of the Dead" and a little bit about the culture of Mexico.  I like teaching about this because it brings out the idea that when you lose somebody you love you can always and forever celebrate their life.  It is a very positive lesson.  This is the sugar skulls that the Fourth and Fifth Graders did. 


Friday, October 24, 2014

It's all about perspective.

Fourth grade did a color study where they had to paint a sunset.  We discussed how this color order makes sense.  They showed good use of space as they painted the sun first and then added the other colors in order from there.  We then talked about perspective and how we want to make our composition seem like we are looking up.  We painted ink trees from different angles and diluted the ink to create ghost trees that appear further back.  Fourth grade got it!  

Friday, October 17, 2014


First Grade and I talked about what it means to be nocturnal.  We discussed how we do not see owls to often due to the time of night they are around.  We used pattern (something that repeats) and oil pastels and paint to create these nocturnal creatures.  The students are always amazed when they see the oil pastels show through their paint....actually I am too.

Monday, October 13, 2014


After a class cleans up and leaves you never know what you might find left behind, maybe next time they will spell my name right!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Fall R.O.Y. Trees.

Second grade studied R.O.Y. (red, orange, yellow).  Which are warm colors, which also happen to be Fall colors.  We practiced certain painting techniques as well.  I am telling you, Westside is full of artists!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Simple set up, simple lesson.

Sometimes the easiest projects have the easiest set up. 

Rainbow order.

Kindergarten learned the way of a glue stick and overlapped basic shapes in the rainbow order.  The rainbow is the key to color. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Focal point.

Fourth grade learned about focal point and emphasis.  They showed me they knew how to make a certain part of a composition stand out.  Here they emphasized the iris of an eye.  We also, dabbled in design and how this could be a career path.  I like to share possible "Art" jobs they could pursue when they are older.