Between big projects, I like to take some time for drawing exercises. I put “how to draw” images on the smart board. Students work on basic drawing skills, then build on them by learning to add details and learning about backgrounds to put their drawings in an environment. The three basic steps are: draw in pencil, trace in sharpie, color with crayon. This helps hone drawing skills, and I am always amazed by how well they turn out. Like with sports, art requires practice! Here are some examples from Ms. Pillar’s 1st grade class. Impressive!