Kindergarten Mona Lisa Smiles

This was the cutest project ever, and we incorporated a lot of skills into it. We learned about lines, painting techniques, landscapes, students got to pose as the Mona Lisa, portraiture, and we made frames! The results were adorable!!


3rd Grade Art Wooden Bird Sculptures

The 3rd graders are completing their wooden bird sculptures for their winter art show. They are SO cute!! We started by assembling wood pieces into a bird shape. Then, we drew some Sharpie details on the birds before painting their base colors with tempera paint. After painting the base color, students learned how to create an ombré effect on the wings practicing first on the tail feather area. Then, students used pearlescent paint and small brushstrokes to create a feathery texture. Once paint was dry, we went over the Sharpie details and added tail feathers. Adorable!!

“Cool” Self-Portraits in 4th Grade

Students finished their cool self-portraits inspired by Leonardo da Vinci and his Mona Lisa painting! This was a mixed media project, and we used the following materials….

-printable pair of sunglasses

-landscape drawn in pencil, traced in ultra fine sharpie, colored with twistable colored pencils

-glue stick to attach it to large 80lb drawing paper (don’t forget to leave space above sunglasses for top of the head)

-draw portrait around sunglasses in pencil, trace in regular sharpie

-watercolor paint in background, choose 1-2 colors to reflect the setting of sunglasses landscape

-fine and ultra-fine Sharpies for zentangling hair and/or shirt

Great job, 4th grade!

Monochromatic(ish) Mona Lisa

I love the hallway with our rainbow Mona Lisa display!!! We talked about color families and monochromatic colors in 3rd-5th grade. Each table was assigned a base color, and the students had to use a variety of coloring tools to create a color key for this color by number Mona Lisa. When classes were finished, I put the projects up in the hall in rainbow order, and it is a showstopper! The students and teachers loved seeing these in the hallway by the cafeteria!!

4th Grade Tints and Shades Flowers

To go along with our Art Garden/Let Creativity Bloom theme, the 4th grader’s made some fabulous flowers for the hallway. We used our big paper to make these blooms. Students were inspired by folk-art style flowers. They drew large in pencil and traced their lines in black paint. We then watched the Scratch Garden Values song on YouTube and did a tints and shades worksheet to get us ready for painting. The following week, each student painted their flowers with their base color before mixing the color with white to make different tints and black to make different shades. They are colorful and creative!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The kindergarten classes had a blast creating these hungry caterpillars on a leaf. Each student got a blank leaf template. We used our line making skills to add some veins to our leaves in Sharpie. Then, we read the book Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni. We then painted our leaves with yellow paint and went over it with blue watercolor paint to make green! We talked scissor safety the following week before cutting out our leaves. We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle before making our model magic caterpillars. Each student hit two colors. We broke them into three pieces of clay each. The best part is when we got to smush, squish, and twist two of the colors together to get a swirly color before rolling the model magic into six balls and connecting them and gluing them onto our leaves. The last step was to choose a single color of model magic for the head, make tiny eyes, and use Twisteez wire for the antennae. So cute!