April 7, 2020
Good morning! I completely understand what an unusual time this is, and that for some of you these online art lessons may be a help and something your child enjoys while they’re missing SHARE. For some of you, your whole routine looks so different now and you’ll probably never even see this message. ; ) Every day looks a little different at my house, and grace abounds! Be gentle with yourselves and do what works best for you. Praying for all of you during this Holy Week!
This week we are going to be learning about the beautiful traditional Ukranian Easter eggs, called Pysanky.
There’s a lovely book called “Rechenka's Eggs”. Please have your child watch the video of the book reading:
2. Next, on Reading Rainbow (I know you’ll have to explain what this show is to your kids ; ) ) there is a video of the author of “Rechenka's Eggs”, Patricia Polacco, showing how to create the intricate Pysanky and it’s very interesting! You can start the video at about the 9:00 minute mark. There’s a reading of the book before this, but it is a smaller screen so that is why I linked the book above.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=wnRS9GkIyLw (start at 9:00 minute mark to see how she creates the Pysanky)
3. This website has a picture of beautiful Pysanky and would be good for your child to see what real Pysanky look like; there are also some other great resources to explore like patterns, etc. if desired.
4. Watch my video art lesson:
Supplies needed: (several options depending on what you have at home!)
- Watercolor paper and oil pastels or crayons
OR: - Black construction paper (or dark blue or purple) and green
construction paper, and oil pastels or crayons
OR: - Print coloring page below and use markers, crayons etc. to color
or draw your own designs on white paper.
Be creative and have fun! Send me pictures of your creations!
March 31, 2020
Hello SHARE families! I enjoyed receiving pictures and comments from some of you about your sandcastles. : ) That is always optional to send me pictures of your artwork, but I do love seeing your creations! If you haven’t had a chance to watch and complete the sandcastle drawing yet, scroll down to last week’s post for the links!
Every quarter in art, I pick a different artist to incorporate art history into one lesson. For this week, we are going to create a painting in the style of Claude Monet. I am going to use watercolors this week, but you can use crayons or whatever you have at home. Remember, if you also have a child in 3rd-6th grade that they should have their watercolors in their backpack, so your younger child could borrow them for this project.
Of course if we’d known we’d be in this situation, we would have sent everyone home with their art supplies before spring break!
I have attached three links below. Please watch and do them at your own pace. There’s a youtube video included this week, so again, please just supervise this when they’re finished watching. All of this doesn’t need to be all in one sitting; whatever works best for your family. : )
1. Video introduction to impressionism and book reading by me:
2. A 10 minute video about Claude Monet (Disclaimer: at the 4:00 minute mark there is a brief mention of Monet's wife dying and the painting of her before she died. You may want to preview this first if you have a child who is sensitive. Otherwise, the video is light and it's narrated by a child who is really engaging to watch : ) )
3. Video art lesson of Monet’s bridge and water lilies by me:
Crayons or oil pastels
Watercolors, paint brush, small bowl of water, paper towel
White cardstock or watercolor paper (or other heavy paper if using watercolors; if you don’t have watercolors then any white paper is fine)
As always, email me with pictures or questions. : )
March 24, 2020
Dear SHARE families,
How I wish we were able to be together today! I am missing being with your children, but thankful that technology allows us to stay connected in some way during this time. Know that I am praying for you all, and I hope things are back to “normal” very soon!
For our first project, your child will need the following simple supplies:
white paper (regular printer paper is fine, or white construction paper)
pencil with eraser
black crayon or black sharpie (I like using sharpies in class, but make sure you have a placemat or extra paper underneath so it doesn’t bleed onto your table; a black crayon is also fine)
Below is a link for a short video lesson of the sandcastle drawing. Bear with me please as this is my first attempt at a video lesson. : ) Youtube wouldn’t cooperate so I used Vimeo. You will need to enter the password. Please make sure to supervise your child while watching. Also, there is a pdf with instructions below if you would like to print that for your child to follow along (optional).
https://vimeo.com/400107846 Password: sandcastle
Please feel free to email me with any questions or with pictures of your sandcastles! I’d love to see them. : )
Below are a couple of extra and optional art activities. I’ll try to post some additional activities every week. The first is a daffodil drawing tutorial, and the second is a daffodil coloring sheet. Since it’s officially spring now, it might be nice to have some pretty flowers to brighten your day!
Copyright credit to Patty Palmer with Deep Space Sparkle, one of my favorite resources for art lessons.
February 25, 2020 Art Summary
It was a productive day in art class! We finished the koalas using oil pastels and chalk pastels. The chalk pastels were used to create “texture” to the fur and the leaves. This was our first time using chalk pastels, but definitely won’t be the last. I think their koalas are super cute! Look for them in your child’s yellow folder or backpack. We carefully folded them to get them home safely.
We had time for a second art project, which I called “blob art”. : ) Each student simply “blobbed” three different colors of tempera paint onto white cardstock with a spoon, then folded the paper in half and smoothed the paint out with their hands. When we opened it up there were so many oohs and ahhs; I loved their reactions! This was a great example of symmetry. Only a few knew that word and I love when a simple project can illustrate an element of art. These were very wet so they’ll go home next week. We’ll definitely do this again, if not this year, then next year. I want them to experiment with different colors and patterns. Unfortunately, my drying rack holds 50 pieces of art so we could only do one yesterday. But they really looked neat! Some looked like butterflies, bear heads, robots, etc. They loved looking at each other’s designs to see different objects in them.
In Kindergarten we also had time at the end of class to read Caps for Sale, which they all found very amusing! ; )
February 18, 2020 Art Summary
To tie-in with the conclusion of the Australia studies in geography, we started on an art project that will come home next week. I don’t often do two week projects because of storage space, but there are some lessons that really just work best that way. So, next week we will be adding the finishing touching to the koalas that were drawn and painted today. This was the first directed drawing lesson we had done in a while, and without any templates for tracing. Getting the proportions right can be tricky so we started with pencil and we used art erasers when needed. After the head was drawn, the rest was pretty simple. I always encourage the students, especially with this type of drawing, that they are all going to look a little different and that is how it should be. Can’t wait to finish them next week!
February 11, 2020 Art Summary
It was so nice to be back yesterday after our “sick day” last week. We missed those absent, and I’m hoping it was more travel-related than sickness-related. I know there is still quite a bit of sickness circulating in our area, and I’m hoping it will clear out very soon!
As hopefully you saw, the students created fingerprint art on canvases and they turned out so cute! They chose several colors to use and used their pointer finger to stamp the color on the canvas, around the heart template that they cut out and I taped to their canvas. I had planned to do this last week so that they would all have time to dry before sending them home, but since we lost last week I had to send them home as they were so you’d have them before Valentine’s Day. Most were dry, except for my last class, so I apologize if you were handed a wet canvas in the pick-up line. The paint we used is tempera, not acrylic, and hopefully has washed off little fingers by now. : )
We also read The Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Jan Brett. Very cute little book to go with our Valentine’s theme. The students also had so much fun exchanging Valentine’s after lunch. Thank you for the cute cards and candies!
January 28, 2020 Art Summary
We finished our winter art unit today by reading The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, and creating snowflakes out of coffee filters. The round coffee filters are thinner than regular paper, so easier for cutting.There are so many different options for designs depending on the different shapes that are cut into the folded paper. I told my students to ask for permission before taping them at their houses, but they really do make lovely window decorations! : )
At the end of class we had time to also practice cutting hearts out of paper. This was another example of creating symmetry. We then used the cut out hearts and oil pastels on black paper to create some colorful Valentine hearts. Some students traced as many hearts as family members, and picked a different color for each family member. Some were quite excited to keep their little cut out hearts to make cards for their family, which was an unexpected part of the lesson, but very sweet.
I’m looking forward to painting next week and starting on some cute Valentine art creations!
January 21, 2020 Art Summary
Still no snow to speak of, but it’s at least felt like winter this week! We read a beautiful book called Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner and then I passed out a sheet of animals that the students colored. Then they drew their winter landscape. We will do more directed drawing this spring, but this was a good activity to get back into listening and following directions. Lastly, the students glued their animals either “over the snow” or “under the snow”, like in the book. This lesson really combined art with science so it was similar to a STEAM lesson. We also read some neat facts about some of the different animals and what they do during the winter. I learned some new things about how God protects vulnerable animals from predators during the winter. The horseshoe hare’s fur changes from brown to white during the winter, to blend in with the snow. Pretty amazing!
January 14, 2020 Art Summary
We were missing quite a few students yesterday. We’re praying for a speedy recovery for those with sickness!
Even though it felt more like a spring day, we had a lesson on snowflakes. I read Snowflake Bentley, a lovely picture book based on the true story of Wilson Bentley who was born in 1865 and one of the first people photograph the intricate designs of snowflakes. We saw several pictures that he captured and the most amazing thing is that he found that no two snowflakes are alike!
The students practiced drawing their own snowflakes on scratch paper, then used a white oil pastel to draw them on watercolor paper. They painted cool watercolors over their snowflakes and saw that the white snowflakes were revealed underneath! It’s always fun to see their reaction to this watercolor resist technique. 2nd grade’s paintings were still very wet so they will be sent home next week.
January 7, 2020 Art Summary
It was great to be back at SHARE yesterday! I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing Christmas break. It has been a little hard to get back into routine, but at the same time it’s also been a comfort to get back into some of the regular rhythms of life.
We realized the kids would be excited to be back and take a bit to adjust back to SHARE, so I planned a simple lesson that would ease us back in. I’m looking forward to creating some winter art this month, even though it doesn’t feel much like winter at the moment!
I read The Mitten by Jan Brett, one of my favorite children’s illustrators (and authors). It’s a beautiful winter story and very engaging. Ask them if they remember how many and which kinds of animals squeezed into the mitten. : ) Then the students cut out a mitten template and traced it with white oil pastel onto blue paper. They could design their mitten any way they liked. I gave some examples of horizontal and vertical lines, and pattern ideas, but then they had freedom to create it the way they liked. Next week we are moving on to SNOW! I don’t think the weather will cooperate with my lesson, but I do hope we get some snow at some point this winter!
November 19th Art Summary
What a whirlwind of a day! This is going to be short and sweet because I’m heading out of town in about an hour. I would appreciate your prayers for a safe trip and everyone to stay healthy as we go visit family in Texas, and then attend a wedding next weekend.
We read “Thankful” and then the students created their own thankfulness books, to be completed at home over Thanksgiving break. Putting the books together took most of the class period!
We also finished up our Indian corn, and had a popcorn snack to go with it...except for 2nd grade. We had a fire drill in my 2nd grade class (they did awesome!) and didn’t get finished with the Indian corn. They can finish cutting them out at home, punch a hole in them and tie them with raffia. If your student was absent last week they can just use colored sharpies to make the Indian corn designs. I’m not sure what happened with the paint, but the brand I used at SHARE was different than what I used at home, and the paint flaked terribly. I was disappointed by that, but they still look cute!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and I’ll be praying for safe travels for everyone else traveling over the break!
November 12th Art Summary
Today we incorporated a little bit of history with art. We talked a bit about Squanto (I read some excerpts from Squanto’s Journey) and his role in helping the English settlers learn to plant vegetables, and hunt. I brought in some decorative Indian corn to show them, and then we started on an Indian corn art project, which we will finish next week. Their favorite part was probably getting to pop the extra bubble wrap! : )
November 5th Art Summary
November is here, and it’s so tempting to move right into Christmas art projects since we are only at SHARE for the Christmas party in December, but I really wanted to start November with the focus on Thanksgiving. I think November is one of my favorite months. It’s a time for me to slow down and count my blessings, and look forward to time with extended family and friends. In some classes we had time to talk about our favorite Thanksgiving traditions. I read the students a lovely book called Sharing the Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story. The illustrations are beautiful as well as the message. Then the students drew a Thanksgiving turkey, and finished him with oil pastels and watercolors. In the packing up busyness, Kindergarten’s turkeys did not get packed up but I’ll make sure they go home next week!
October 29th Art Summary
There was a lot of excitement in the air today! I dressed as a black cat to go along with one of my favorite children’s books, Kitten’s First Full Moon. I told my classes I was going with a book character for my dress up theme. : ) The book didn’t tie-in with either of our art projects, but it is a beautiful book and a delightful one to read to children because they really get involved in the story! I always like to read it in autumn.
Our first “mini-project” was painting the mini-pumpkins. The students could choose whatever colors they liked and I stressed making more of a fall pumpkin...not a scary pumpkin. I like to keep pumpkin decorations up through Thanksgiving, so I hope these cute little pumpkins add some fall joy to your homes.
Our second little project was an art lesson on drawing spiderwebs. We used white oil pastels on black paper. Curving the lines was a little tricky, but it’s something they can practice more at home if the wish. I showed them first on the whiteboard, then again we went step by step as they were creating theirs. I thought they did great!
Last week I forgot to post our summary! But it was probably obvious that we created scarecrows! The students drew all of it themselves. They’re really starting to get the hang of waiting and listening for directions before jumping ahead on their own when we have a guided drawing lesson.
Stay warm and dry this week!
October 8th Art Summary
We were so thankful for the beautiful weather today! We had fun making ROBOTS in class! I found such a cute book called “Unplugged” about a robot named Blip who accidentally gets unplugged during a power outage. Blip tumbles outside, plays all day and makes new friends. It’s beautifully illustrated and I love the message. More tracing and cutting practice today. Kindergarten’s robot pieces were traced for them but they did their own cutting. Tracing, cutting and gluing the robots together took most of the time, but the really fun part was using metallic markers to make their own robot come to life.
Apple artwork went home also, and if your child didn’t come home with one let me know. We had one with no name on it and after double checking our class lists, I still couldn’t figure out whose it could be. In Kindergarten we had to guess on several names. ; ) So also let me know if yours was switched with another child’s. With fifty students and one fabulous drying rack sometimes classes get intertwined.
I hope you all have a wonderful fall break and safe travels, or just some down time to enjoy the fall weather!
October 1st Art Summary
We learned about artist Georges Seurat and pointillism today. We looked at one of his most famous paintings, Sunday at La Grande Jatte. At least a couple students in each class were familiar with his painting already from some videos they had seen at home and it was neat to see their excitement when they recognized this piece of art.
The students cut out a large apple pattern and glued it on to green paper. In 1st and 2nd we talked about and reviewed complementary colors because Seurat liked to use those in his paintings. The students observed an apple that had a mixture of colors in it. Then they used q-tips to create tiny dots or dabs of paint in shades of red, yellow and orange on their apple. I’ve taught several pointillism lessons before at SHARE but I think today was a little more challenging to keep everyone engaged. I’m not sure why exactly other than I’m blaming the 100 degree heat for everything right now. ; ) Quite a few students in each class worked diligently, but others had a hard time giving their best effort. We’re usually moving at a faster pace, but I really want to encourage them to have a good attitude and do their personal best even when the task is a little more tedious. We’ll continue to work on growth in this area throughout the year. Their artwork was still wet, so it will go home next week.
Have a great rest of your week, and I can’t wait for the cooler temps next week at SHARE! : )
September 24th Art Summary
Today we traveled to Brazil, to tie-in with Mrs. Lisa’s study of Brazil. We learned about Brazilian artist Romero Britto, who currently resides in Miami, Florida. This was our first artist study of the year, and Britto was an easy choice because kids love his bold and colorful artwork. His style is a combination of pop art, cubism and graffiti. He was inspired by Picasso’s cubism, when he traveled to Paris as a young artist. We watched a video about him and saw many examples of artwork, including a huge pyramid sculpture in London! We talked about what feelings seeing his artwork made us feel, and the overwhelming response was “happy”! I love this quote from Britto, “As an artist, I feel lucky to have been given the gift of creativity so that I may share my vision of a better world. I will never forget what it was like to be poor and that is why it is so important to me that my work be accessible to all people. For me, art can reflect the celebration of the simple and good things in life. This is the most important to me.”
After our video and discussion on Britto, the students followed a directed drawing activity to draw a pumpkin. They went over their drawing with sharpies, and combined what we’ve been learning about line and pattern to make different patterns on the segments of their pumpkin. Some students even used their initials to make a pattern, as Britto mentioned that he does sometimes with his artwork. Then they finished with bright colored sharpies and markers to make it bold and colorful. In some classes we talked about pop art and cubism being abstract, since the goal was not a realistic pumpkin. We’ll also study about still life this year. : )
September 17th Art Summary
Happy fall! Well, almost. ; ) It sure doesn’t feel like it, but the first day of fall is just a few days away. I’m hoping having some cute leaf art to hang on your fridge will mean that we’re close to ushering in all things fall, especially the weather!
Today we reviewed the color wheel, and then discussed warm and cool colors. The students used leaf stencils to trace several different leaf shapes on their watercolor paper. This is excellent fine motor practice, and I was so pleased with how everyone did their best. I brought in some maple leaves from my yard, and we examined the veins on each leaf. The students drew the leaf veins (some took artistic liberties which was totally okay) and then they used watercolors to paint their leaves warm colors (for the most part) and blue for the background (a complementary cool color). This was the first day we used watercolors and I thought they did great for the first time. As the year progresses and we use them more it will become second nature for them to remember to use more water than they think. That is always part of the learning curve at the beginning of the year. I tell them to “make a puddle” in each color with water before they paint. The watercolor paper I get can handle the water. : )
I’m enjoying seeing your sweet children every week, and I hope they are coming home each week excited about their day at SHARE!
September 10th Art Summary
It was great to have almost everyone in attendance today! Line and pattern was the focus of the day. We’re building our foundation of the elements of art. We read Mouse Shapes, a cute follow-up to our book last week. We brainstormed different types of lines, and then discussed patterns we can make out of those lines and shapes. There’s a line and pattern handout in their yellow folder that they can complete for practice, but it is not homework.
After our line/pattern exploration, the students received their piece of orange painted paper from the first week (for most) of school. We used that for the basis of creating Mexican ponchos. A little scissor work was our first step to create the collar and the fringe on the bottom, and then colorful strips of paper and patterns were added. This is a project that could have continued on and on, adding different colors and design.
In 2nd grade we read a book about Mexican artist Diego Rivera, and his amazing murals that he created in Mexico to document history and everyday life.
September 3rd Art Summary
Today we had some fun with color mixing! I’ve taught this lesson several different ways, but this was my first time using Play Doh and it was a hit! Ask your children about their color wheels and see if they can remember which colors are primary, and which are secondary. We created these fun color wheels, and also read Mouse Paint, which is a great introduction to color mixing. I also showed them a very creative song by OK Go, and in case you are asked to find it on YouTube I will link it here. It’s pretty fun!
In 2nd grade we discussed primary and secondary colors, and then went a step further into complementary colors (or opposites) and discussed how when you use colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel that they make each other really stand out. We looked at an example of an orange life raft in the middle of a blue ocean and noticed that orange stands out in the sea of blue because orange and blue are complementary colors on the color wheel. We had some time at the end of class for the students to practice using complementary colors to make some patterns.
August 27th ART Summary
I think we are starting to get into our groove! Today we started art class by reading Ish by Peter Reynolds. It’s a great book for setting the tone for budding artists, and the power of words to build up or tear down our friends’ artwork. We had a free drawing activity with decorating the cover of the art portfolios and it was fun to see the different designs and colors everyone chose. Tempera paint sticks were used, which are a great choice for a less messy and quick drying paint option. They also adhere beautifully to slippery poster board! The portfolios are to remain at home and are just an organizational tool for storing your child’s projects, if you wish.
One housekeeping note: make sure you are checking yellow folders and taking out what is sent home weekly. Also, please double check that the yellow folder is actually in your child’s backpack before SHARE every Tuesday! Thank you for your help with this!
August 20th Art Summary
It was exciting to see so many old and new faces on our first day back! We read a fun book called Art and then in my last three classes we got right to painting for a painted paper project that we will do this fall. I wanted the students to experience creating art on their first day! Unfortunately we didn’t have time for painting in 1st Grade Green, my first class, due to all the basic information we needed to cover about class rules, schedules, taking a tour, etc. but they will make this up one day very soon. I’m looking forward to getting to know all of your precious children and creating art with them on Tuesdays!