William H. Johnson’s Stylized Landscapes

1st grade learned about African-American artist William H. Johnson, and examples of his work, paying close attention to the use of foreground, middle ground and background. They noticed that his work wasn’t photographically realistic, thus introducing the word “stylized”. Their assignment was to draw a picture of how they got to school, making it inclusive … Continue reading

Monoprint Self-Portraits

5th grade was focusing on the proper placement of facial features and how to draw them. They were not allowed to make “L” or triangle noses. We also reviewed fractions by discussing that they eyes were 1/2 of the head, and the nose was 1/2 of that 1/2, and the mouth was 1/2 of a … Continue reading

Faith Ringgold’s Tar Beach Story Quilt

Grades 3 and 4 learned about African-American artist Faith Ringgold, and her book Tar Beach. We read the book and discussed foreground, middle ground, and background found in the pictures. We also discussed the type of art Ms. Ringgold is known for, story quilts. ┬áThen the students were given fabric and told to cut squares … Continue reading

Alma Woodsey Thomas Torn Paper Art

2nd grade learned about African-American artist Alma Woodsey Thomas and her abstract color field paintings. They learned that though the paintings weren’t identifiable as objects, they could still be flowers or astronauts as she named them, because, “Alma said so.” They loved that little bit of sass!   They got to work making their own … Continue reading

Kinder Kente Cloth

It’s February and so begins Black History Month! As a strong proponent for culture, I want to make sure my students learn as much as possible about other cultures while they are with me. The kindies first listened to a story called The Spider Weaver: The Legend of Kente Cloth and learned what it was. … Continue reading

Starry Night

2nd grade has been learning about Vincent Van Gogh and since the showing them the interactive app of Starry Night, that’s all they could talk about! Check out these versions!

Starry Night

Starry Night

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Starry Night


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Greek Amphoras

The best thing about art club is the availability to do projects that we wouldn’t normally be able to do because of lack of time, space, etc. So this lesson was just perfect! The students were given options of what style of amphora they wanted to draw. Then they drew them on cardboard and I … Continue reading