Simple and Successful Ceramic Wall Hangings
May 10, 2018

Simple and Successful Ceramic Wall Hangings

Bring out the clay and bring about positive student responses! Clay is always a favorite medium for my students. This project is fun, easy, and allows for all students to experience success. Students who struggle with fine motor skills do very well with this lesson. It can be adapted for all grade levels. I have […]

Painting the Bright Colors of the Rainforest
March 02, 2018

Painting the Bright Colors of the Rainforest

Bring out the paint and students are motivated! When I shared that we would be painting birds in the rainforest, students were eager to begin. First, we discussed the rainforest and viewed pictures online. Most of the students were aware of the destruction of the rainforest, and expressed their empathy and concern for all living […]

The Lawrence Tree
March 06, 2017

The Lawrence Tree

For many years, I have created art lessons that focused on Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings of flowers and skulls. Looking for something different, I came upon her painting, The Lawrence Tree (1929). It struck me as perfect for introducing my first-graders to the artist. To begin this lesson, I showed the children a picture of Georgia […]

Sakura Season in the Art Room
December 09, 2016

Sakura Season in the Art Room

To prepare for this third- through fifth-grade art project, I made a poster with pictures found through a Google image search for “Japanese cherry blossom paintings.” During the search, I realized that art-appreciation could easily be added to this lesson, as there are abundant sources of images on the Internet. A number of Japanese artists […]