Art Teachers Sharing Art Lessons

So lucky to work with lots of talented art educators that share ideas and lessons. Here are some highlights from our latest meeting…

Brightly colored name designs from Mrs. Schooner…. She used liquid watercolor paints and color diffusing paper to make these name paintings stand out!

Animal paper mache masks… Mrs. Ardnt rocked out her famous paper mache projects with an animal theme this year!

Clay coil snake from Mrs. Armstrong… I am tempted to borrow this clay idea for my Egyptian art unit!

Never underestimate the power of a simple fruit still-life drawing… I would frame this for my home! Art teacher credit goes to Ms. Geha.

Also from Ms. Geha, a new way to draw fruit using shapes! Great technique!

2nd Grade Egyptian Cats

Loving these Egyptian cats, but they aren’t done yet! The 2nd graders first did a review of line making for the background which gives the project the feel of hieroglyphs. This week, we learned how to draw cats in motion on the back of our paper. (The front of the paper is covered in metallic gold or silver paint.) We cut out our cats with black construction paper so the cat would have a perfect black shadow. I am loving the results!! Just need to glue into place and draw the face! 

Cat and Shadow

Last week students rolled metallic colors onto a piece of paper. When it was dry, I stapled the metallic paper to a piece of black construction paper with the back of the metallic paper facing out (are you following??) Today, I taught the students how to sketch out a cat that looked like it was moving. Students used sketchy, gestural lines, so I had students bring me their papers one at a time so I could use a highlighter to–highlight, duh–wear they should cut. They cut out their cats to discover a perfect kitty cat shadow which will be used for the final project. Sounds more complicated than it actually was! Lol! Very cool results!!