Wednesday, November 23, 2016


I just love teaching Mondrian to first graders as one of the first artists they learn about. I try each year to change up the creative process a bit. This year the students did prints with cardboard dipped in paint to create the black lines then they went back the next art class and added color with oil pastel. One of our new curriculum goals is to have students collaborate on a work of art together. This gave me the idea for students to create these Mondrian cubes with their table mates. Plus, a neat way to work with the same subject matter in 2-D and 3-D! Also, check out my new art ed shirt!

Chalk Pastel Sunflowers

Did these turn out beautiful or what!? After learning about the life and art of Van Gogh, third graders created these masterpieces! I found this idea on Pinterest from Jamestown elementary blog! So thank you Jamestown! Many ooooohs and aaaahs in the hallway from passers-by! It was fun to also show the students some Van Gogh artwork that I got to see in person!

Van Gogh Sunflowers

These giant murals were created by first graders! They each painted a sunflower however they liked and then were added into a vase. These looked great in our school staircase this fall!

Birch Tree Paintings

These lovely's were created by 4th graders. We focused on what nature is and how can artists be inspired by nature. We also discussed the parts of a landscape. You can also see a copy of the assessment students had to fill out and then glue on the back of their work.

Thank you Veterans!

Every year I love doing an art lesson about Veterans Day with second graders. We have such meaningful conversations about what a veteran is, what they do, why it is important and if they have any veterans in their life. Many students told me they planned to gift their project to a veteran in their family!

M.C. Escher Tessellations

5th graders learned about the life and art of M.C. Escher through power point. We looked at his tessellations and created our own! The animal shape that you see was a stencil that they had to trace 5 times trying to get it to match up perfectly, not as easy as it looks! You can also see the assessment that the student filled out to be glued to the back of their art. This also dubs as a way to communicate what is being taught in the art room with families!