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

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Second Grade - Kente Cloth Inspired Paper Weavings

This week's featured lesson is part of the second grade Tour the World unit. At this stop they visit the country of Ghana on the continent of Africa where they learn about the importance of kente cloth designs, the symbolic use of color, and the inclusion of patterns. Find the lesson here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Grade-2-Kente-Cloth-Inspired-Paper-Weavings-3395679

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

First Grade Color Mixed Cats Painting Lesson

This week's featured lesson is part of the grade one curriculum map. This lesson builds upon students' learning of color theory, specifically mixing secondary colors. Students also explore visual texture and patterns as they create their paintings. Each time I have taught this lesson students have loved it and found success. You will find the lesson here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Grade-1-Color-Mixed-Cats-Painting-Lesson-3395647

Students look at how artists use color in their paintings, specifically looking at Andy Warhol's cat-themed work and listening to the book Uncle Andy's Cats.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Mosaics for All Ages

Mosaics are so much fun for students as young as kindergarten and all the way up to adults! Younger learners enjoy discovering that mosaics are all around us, while older students take pleasure in the stress relief of smashing tile before creating unique designs.

Now, all of the mosaics lessons I have shared in the past have been bundled together in one place - my teachers pay teachers store "Studio Smart."

Download the complete collection here: Mosaics Comprehensive Unit Bundle

Each lesson includes:
Lesson objectives
Materials list
Suggested resources
Suggested vocabulary
Introductory information
Step-by-step directions
At least one visual of a completed project

Kindergarten students make Pressed Clay Mosaics

First grade students make Mosaic Cities

Second grade students make Mosaics Cubed

Third grade students make Subway Style Mosaics

Fourth grade students make Ancient Mosaics

Fifth grade students make Islamic Inspired Mosaics

Sixth grade students all the way up to adults make Marvelous Mosaics

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Grade 4 - Romare Bearden Collages

This week's featured lesson is part of the grade four curriculum map. The theme for grade four is American Artists. In this lessons students learn about the artist Romare Bearden before using multiple approaches to creating their own collages. You will find the lesson here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Grade-4-Romare-Bearden-Inspired-Collage-Lesson-3638733

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Grade 3 - Panama Inspired Molas

This week's featured lesson is part of the grade three curriculum map. The theme for grade three is Craft as Art. Students learn about the cultural importance of Mola designs in Panama. Then they create their own versions using layers of construction paper. You will find the lesson here: Panama Inspired Molas

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Grade 2 - Monet Inspired Painting Lesson

Each week I am sharing a featured art lesson. At least that will be my goal. It will also keep me on task to make new content available on my Teachers Pay Teacher store page.

This week's featured lesson is part of the grade two curriculum map. The theme for grade two is Tour the World of Art. At this stop on the tour students visit France and study the work of Claude Monet before emulating his style in their own work. You will find the lesson here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Grade-2-Monet-Inspired-Paintings-4071761

Sunday, June 3, 2018

End of the Year Art Show Extravaganza!

Whew! Another big art show successfully done. This year every piece of work by each and every student was on display. Do you know what that adds up to? One very tired art teacher and thousands of pieces of art. But, the students and families enjoyed the show, taking part in the scavenger hunt, participating in art making activities and taking their chance at the raffle table.

This video gives you a glimpse into the many works on display.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Easy Drawing Sub Lesson - Fun With Food!

The nice thing about this lesson is that it uses very limited materials, requires little to no direct instruction, and has limitless creative possibilities.

Give students a 9" x 12" piece of drawing paper. If you are in a pinch copier paper will work, too. Let them use any available drawing materials like markers, crayons or colored pencils.

The assignment: Think of a type of food that you can personify. Draw this food in a group doing some sort of activity. Give it plenty of personality.

In my example, jelly beans are performing in a rock band at a big rock concert.

This drawing lesson comes from 2011, back when I worked as a substitute teacher. At that time I would be called upon to sub for art teachers with no plans left for me. This was because the districts knew I was licensed as an art teacher and could sort of wing it.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Grade 4 - Calder Inspired Wire Figures

My fourth grade students were super excited to work with wire (Twisteez brand works best) to create their own wire figures after viewing and discussing images of Alexander Calder's Circus.

The lesson plan is available here: Calder Inspired Wire Figures

As an easy follow up, especially if some students finish early, I like to use a drawing lesson inspired by Calder's graphic work. It uses the same primary color palette that pervades his mobiles. The drawing lesson is available here: Calder Abstract Faces