Welcome Summer with Some Festive Shirts
July 08, 2016

Welcome Summer with Some Festive Shirts

It’s time to shed the sweaters, coats and gloves, and create a bit of fun with a festive shirt that welcomes the warm, carefree summer days ahead! My fourth-graders designed these great paper shirts. As the first session began, students worked on designing random patterns. To prevent the designs from becoming too contrived, I decided […]

Found-Object Faces
May 11, 2016

Found-Object Faces

I am a big fan of using found objects in my art classes. It’s a great way to “recycle” and use up small craft supplies that have shown up in the art room. My found-object faces came about as a solution for using up donated supplies and from a desire to show students that portraits don’t […]

Moonlit Fireflies
May 11, 2016

Moonlit Fireflies

Although fireflies aren’t common in the dry climate of Southern California, I thought these little beacons of light would make fun subjects for a summer art class. When I announced the project to my groups of kindergarten through fifth graders, some of my students shared their own experiences with these illuminated creatures during their travels […]

Clay Flowers Bloom!
January 08, 2016

Clay Flowers Bloom!

This lesson came about partially from my desire for a student-made pot of flowers that wouldn’t fall over. I first had the idea of clay flowers years ago and I finally perfected the lesson for my students. We start with a good-sized portion of lightweight, sturdy air-dry clay for each student (base the amount of […]