Math Filled 1sties Native American Vessels

1st grades’ Rodeo Art project is so exciting because of all the vocabulary they are using! They first used templates I cut out from poster board to trace around the three different sized vessels with a pencil. Then they went back and erased the lines that were overlapping, to give the illusion of one vessel being behind the other. Finally, went over their pencil lines that remained with a Sharpie.


Then we started our designs. I’d looked up different Native American designs, and picked the ones that would be age appropriate (eg. easiest to explain) for them to draw. But this was also when the geometry vocabulary started to come in; parallel lines, semi-circle, intersecting lines, diagonal lines, less than, greater than…1st grade Native American Vessels

1st Native American Vessels

1st Native American Vessels


Then they painted the entire background black with tempra paint.

1st Native American Vessels

1st Grade Rodeo Art


1st Grade Rodeo Art

Then they added black tempra for the shadow and chalk for the highlights!

1st Grade Rodeo Art


Fab. U. LOUS!

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About Ms. Luna

Here we go! Year number four! Teaching artist at Mark Twain Elementary! I started my career in 2002, in the New York City Schools as a Special Education Middle School teacher. Moving back to my hometown of Columbus, Ohio, I continued teaching Special Education and also began teaching after school and summer art programs. Moving again to Houston, Texas. I have taught all levels and abilities from kindergarten to college and am very excited to be teaching here at Mark Twain! I am also a professional artist and designer that shows work worldwide. I have been featured in the Houston Chronicle, Austin Fashion Week, Houston Press, and at the Grassi Museum of the Applied Arts in Germany. I hold a Masters of Science in Special Education from Manhattan College and a Masters of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University. I currently am teaching grades kindergarten through fifth and am an adjuct art professor at Alvin Community College.

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