Tuesday, February 26, 2019
This week's lesson is one that I was worried would be too complicated for second graders, but they impressed me with their ability to create truly unique sculptures. The whimsical style of Oaxacan carvings provided the inspiration for these colorful paper mache animals. The lesson can be found here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Grade-2-Oaxacan-Inspired-Animals-4407698
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
This week's lesson is another that began developing about ten years ago when I was teaching Sunday School and visiting schools to teach art projects before I had my own art classroom. These little clay birds were taught at a school as part of an art day celebration. In fact the birdhouses had a very utilitarian purpose at that time. They were left undecorated and were used to provide the students a way to transport their bird sculptures since they could not be left in the room to dry. They were also taught in a Sunday school program with cut out hands placed underneath them instead of having birdhouses. No matter which venue I have taught these in (and continue to teach these in), my students always find success and absolutely love searching through a bin for just the right feathers. The lesson can be found at this link: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Grade-1-Clay-Birds-Lesson-4389863
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
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
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.