Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Grade 5 - Community Portraits

This week's lesson was inspired by the often unsung people in our communities, such as military veterans, police officers, fire fighters, etc. I wanted my students to honor these community members, so we invited some of them into the art room to paint their portraits while learning about their lives. The full lesson can be found at this link: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Grade-5-Community-Portraits-Lesson-4374234

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Grade 4 - Thiebaud Inspired Cakes

February is the month of my birth so it seems only fitting that I kick off the month with two lessons all about cakes. These fourth grade Thiebaud inspired lessons are great for teaching about color, line, shape, form, value and texture. If students start with the painting lesson they can then use that as a plan for the sculpture lesson. Both lessons are available on my TPT store at the links below.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Grade 3 Puppetry and Storytelling Lesson

This week's lesson is one of my favorites even though it take a lot of time and effort. I love introducing students to Jim Henson's fantastical puppets before providing them with the skills to make their own rod puppets to bring their own stories to life. Find the full lesson here, complete with puppet show writing tips, patterns, and more: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Grade-3-Puppetry-and-Storytelling-Lesson-4341108

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Grade 2 Japanese Inspired Scroll Books

This week's lesson has been successfully taught with second grade students, but is easily adapted to other grade levels. It seamlessly integrates the study of Japanese art, bookmaking and poetry. Find the lesson here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Grade-2-Japanese-Inspired-Scroll-Books-4324670

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Grade 1 Arctic Hares in a Tinted Landscape

This week's project is for first grade, although kindergarten could take on this project, too. It combines science, painting and magic art tricks (hint: it involves using forks). Find the lesson here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Grade-1-Arctic-Hare-in-a-Tinted-Winter-Landscape-Lesson-4219890

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Early Elementary Arctic Igloos and Animals

Welcome back to Teacher Tuesdays for 2019! This week's lesson is for our youngest learners in pre-k up to first grade. Right before the holidays my school held a December vacation camp program. In the pre-k group we focused on winter themed projects. The students, some as young as three years old, did such a great job and had so much fun making their polar bears and igloos that I decided to make the lesson available to everyone in my teachers pay teachers store: Early Elementary Arctic Igloos and Animals Lesson

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Grade 3 - Stained Glass Lesson

Teacher Tuesdays: This week's 3rd grade lesson is another project that found its start when I was teaching Sunday school. With the addition of an art history component to include the work of the American School of Stained Glass and Louis C. Tiffany, the lesson evolved into one that could be used in secular settings. The imagery can be any subject, but in honor of Christmas those featured in the lesson are angels. You can find the lesson for download here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Grade-3-Tiffany-Inspired-Stained-Glass-Lesson-3638695

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Grade 2 - Pointsettia Quilt Painting Lesson

This week's 2nd grade lesson links traditional quilt motifs to painting pointsettias. It is a perfect lesson for this time of year and looks absolutely striking as a wall display. Download the complete lesson here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Grade-2-Pointsettia-Quilt-Painting-3638633


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Expressionist Paintings - Grade 5

This week's fifth grade lesson introduces students to the brief, but impactful Expressionist art movement. Students participate in an art history discussion, create art inspired by the artists they have studied and support each other through peer critique and self-assessment. Find the lesson here:

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Art on Demand Now Available

Selected artworks across a vast variety of themes and media are now available online through Fine Art America. All proceeds support a very passionate art teacher -- me!

Please visit this link to get my art on tote bags, mugs, notebooks, stationary, and of course as prints:
Fine Art America - Margaurita Spear

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Grade 4 Faith Ringgold Inspired Quilt Squares Lessons

Teacher Tuesdays: Ringgold. I originally designed this lesson when I was volunteering at a church Sunday school program because the classes were learning about the theme "Love Thy Neighbor" and I thought a neighborhood quilt would be a good idea. Years later when I was in my own art classroom I updated the lesson with a greater art history approach and expanded on the use of narrative in art. Find the lesson here: Faith Ringgold Inspired Quilt Squares Lesson

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Grade 3 - Fiber Art Embroidery Lesson

I remember learning to sew and embroider at a very young age, stitching gifts for my grandmother or dresses for my dolls. This valuable skill can be taught in an artful way and I find that almost all students enjoy sewing, even those who struggle at first. I start teaching simple sewing early on so that by third grade my students can master the embroidery stitches used in this art project. Find the lesson here: Embroidery Lesson