Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sugar Skulls - Grade 3

My third grade students are continuing to learn about the arts and crafts of other cultures. So, for October they are studying El Dia De Los Muertos. We discuss the significance of the holiday, its history and any personal connections the students can make to their own celebrations. As part of that discussion we watch a short video, read aloud a book and make our own sugar skulls from model magic. Once my students finish decorating the skulls they may choose to write the name of a departed loved on on the bottom as a remembrance for that person.

You may find the lesson plan at my Studio SmART shop at this link: Sugar Skulls Lesson

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Natural Science Illustrated Pine Cones - Grade 4/5

In the past I have taught this lesson with 5th grade, but this year I have decided to try it with my 4th grade artists. Most of them have done an amazing job making careful drawings from observation, but for those who are struggling I have made this little demo video. Its actually the first time I have ever recorded myself drawing. I made a makeshift camera stand using a plexiglass frame and two canisters, so its not the best, but it will do the job.

Here is the video:

And if you are interested in the lesson plan, you can find that here: Pine Cones Lesson Plan

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

TInga Tinga Begins Second Grade's Tour of the World

My second grade artists tour the world as they learn about artists and cultures from across the globe. With each new lesson they earn a passport stamp (sticker) in the passports they made the first week of school.

Our first stop on our journey was the continent of Africa, specifically the country of Tanzania where they learned about the style of art called Tinga Tinga. The lesson plan is available here: Tinga Tinga Lesson

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Love Monsters - Grade 1

The first month of school whizzed by so fast! My students have been so busy creating work for our annual Square 1 Art fundraiser and I have been busy writing lesson plans for my new store.

Here is the project that first grade made for Square 1 Art. It goes along with the book Love Monster by Rachel Bright. As a beginning of the year lesson it is great because it reviews proper paint and brush handling and cleaning. You can find a copy of the lesson plan at: Love Monster Lesson