Kinder Printed and Collaged Cities

Oh the mess! Printmaking and five year olds is not an easy task. You would have taught I’d learned my lesson with our Black History Month project. Guess I’m glutton for punishment, but here we are again. Learning about the artist Romare Bearden, what skyscrapers were and how fast the art teacher can move around … Continue reading

Jazz Collographs

Black History Month is upon us! We learned about the history of Jazz music! Starting in New Orleans by African-American musicians, the kids listen to New Orleans style jazz and identified the instuments they heard. After compiling a list of instruments they were given a bunch of cardboard, and got busy cutting and  gluing! This … Continue reading

Van Gogh’s Bedroom

5th grade’s chosen artist was Van Gogh. They learned about perspective, and it was a geometry heavy lesson. Very challenging for them to get away from their old way of thinking things looked!    We ran out of time, so not many got to add color. But here’s one example.

Art Club visits the Menil

This is Art Club’s second year, and I try to make sure we visit an art musuem every year.  The Menil Collection is a great collection of art from antiquity to modern, and all for free. They don’t allow photography inside, but you can just see the joy on Art Club’s faces! 

Starry Night 

After the completion of Youth Art Month, the grades were then  given one of the three artists to focus in on. 2nd grade’s artist was Vincent Van Gogh, and we did our versions of Starry Night. Using a metallic crayon, they first drew the painting, using directional lines, just like the master painter himself. Then … Continue reading

1st & 2nd Meet Romare Bearden

Black History Month means focusing on a black artist, both 1st and 2nd grades learned about one of my favorite artist from the Harlem Renaissance, Romare Bearden!  He looked at several examples of his work, and discussed what the word collage meant. Then they got to work!  1st grade had to build a person, they … Continue reading

Gothic Stained Glass Windows

As a continuation of Art Club’s trip through art history, we explored the Gothic Architecture of Medieval Europe, specifically the stained glass windows!   They looked at examples of different glass windows,and then drew out their designs, carefully cutting them out, and then shaved lots, and lots  of crayons.   I ironed the crayons onto … Continue reading

Art Club travels to Ancient Egypt

We’d traveled back to the cave people time, to the cradle of civilization in Mesopotamia, and our next trip in history for art club was to Ancient Egypt where we learned about deities, pharaohs, the Nile, papyrus, and hieroglyphics! We watched this awesome video, then thanks to the awesome GT teacher Ms. Heitt, the kids … Continue reading

Getting to know Leonardo DaVinci

Another in the Getting to Know series was Leonardo Di Vinci. The students watched a brief video on his life and then were asked to draw something that they remembered! Mona Lisa:   Vetruvian Man: Inventions: The Artist himself: Just wonderful!

Getting to know Michaelangelo

Great sub plan is to have the students watch a video from the Getting to Know: series, and then they draw something they remember from the video. This group watched the video on Michaelangelo, and I saw wonderful drawings of Michaelangelo with his chisel, standing on a scaffold, the Sistine Chapel, David, and more. But … Continue reading