January 19, 2021
It was so great to be together today and I was thankful it was really a beautiful day for January so we could get outside! I loved the snowman drawings that your children brought to show me from our remote lesson last week! The video link is still below if your child didn’t have a chance to complete the lesson and would like to do so, but that is optional. : )
Today we practiced drawing snowflakes and then the students used white oil pastels to draw snowflakes on watercolor paper. This was a bit of a challenge for them to see what they were drawing at first but the practice drawing first really helped, along with the waxy nature of the oil pastels making it easier to see. After drawing the snowflakes they painted over them with blue and purple watercolors. The wet-on-wet technique worked best in most classes: painting the whole paper with watercolor before using the watercolors over the wet paper. There is a tendency to put too much paint on the paper with watercolors and the wet-on-wet helps them use a little less paint. I am always telling them to use more water than paint on the watercolor paper, and I’m sure I sound like a broken record. ; ) The payoff of this project was the watercolor resist reveal, and how the white snowflakes resisted the paint!
Please remember to make sure to clean out yellow folders and return progress reports next week! Also, check for paint shirts please and make sure they stay in the backpacks. : )
January 12, 2020
Make sure to see the art video lesson link posted below!
I hope everyone had a happy and healthy Christmas! I love doing winter art in January because it seems this is when we have the most chance of snow! I hope you had enough snow on Monday for your kids to have some fun and maybe build a little snowman. : ) Today we are going to draw a snowman!
White paper (computer paper, construction paper or watercolor paper)
Black marker, crayon or oil pastel for tracing over pencil drawing
Crayons, oil pastels, markers or water colors for decorating the snowman
All the steps are outlined in my video below:
Credit to Proud to Be Primary for the cute lesson idea! I adapted some things since most will be using crayons instead of watercolors and for home use instead of in the classroom.
I’d love to see your child’s snowman if they complete this art lesson. If they’d like to bring it in their yellow folder next week to show me that would be great, but totally optional.
I hope to see your students very soon! : ) As always, email me if you have any questions or trouble accessing the video.
December 8, 2020
Hi SHARE families, I miss your sweet students and look forward to seeing everyone in January! For our Christmas art lesson, I sent home a bag of supplies to go with the video art lesson. The first video link below is of me reading Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree. It’s such a cheerful book with sweet illustrations. The art lesson stands alone from the book video so that is optional. The link for the book reading and password is below:
For the art lesson, the supplies your child will need (other than what is in the ziploc bag that you picked up at SHARE) are: a pencil, scissors, a glue stick and crayons. Optional supplies (if you have them...no worries if not!) would be oil pastels instead of crayons, and any kind of markers. I included a small piece of our Christmas tree in the ziploc bag so that they could try to draw from observing the branch. We’re going to go over still life and drawing from observation more in the spring, but I had so many extra clippings from our tree that I thought this would be a good introduction also. The video art lesson and password is below.
Please let me know if you have any questions about the lesson or supplies. Praying you all have an Advent and Christmas that is filled with the hope, peace, love, and joy that can only be found in Jesus.
November 18, 2020
I did miss seeing everyone and having our normal SHARE Day, but I know we’re just in an unusual season and have to be flexible. I’m thankful we had been able to meet this year until this point, and pray we can be together soon! We were going to do something totally different yesterday but that wouldn’t work for an online lesson, so I had to pivot and change things up a bit. : ) There are two videos below. The first is me reading “Cranberry Thanksgiving”, one of my favorite Thanksgiving books. I love starting class with a great story, especially one with a lovely message and illustrations. The book reading is completely optional, and not needed to complete the art lesson.
Cranberry bread recipe (we prefer without raisins)
The second video is based on this drawing lesson from Art Projects for Kids: https://artprojectsforkids.org/how-to-draw-a-turkey/
If your child would rather color the turkey than draw it (or if you want to print for younger siblings) there is a printable PDF at the bottom of the link above, but the drawing lesson is very simple.
Your child will need white printer paper, a pencil, crayons, and (optional) markers.
Also, I’m so sorry but I’m just now seeing that my summary from last week didn’t post for some reason. So, that is now below.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
November 10, 2020
Today we learned about the Swiss artist Paul Klee. Last spring for one of my online art classes I read the book “The Cat and the Bird” and then taught a directed drawing lesson of a cat, based on Klee’s famous painting by the same name. Today we read that same book, but used it for the basis of a different lesson based on Klee’s painting “Castle and Sun”. I like that Klee used a lot of colorful geometric shapes in her paintings. Instead of drawing or painting today, we used our scissors to create a collage. This was our first week to really have no drawing or tracing and just freehand cut different shapes out of a variety of colors. I think they enjoyed that, and I
feel like this is a lesson we could have kept adding to for a long while, and some of the students expressed wanting to continue working on it at home. I told them to make sure they ask your permission to use scissors and glue at home. : )
Can’t believe there’s just one more week until Thanksgiving break!
November 3, 2020
In the spirit of Election Day, I decided to do an art lesson based on one of the symbols of American freedom, the Liberty Bell. We watched a couple of short videos about the Liberty Bell and I learned something new along with the students: there is a replica of the Liberty Bell in the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. One of our students even saw it there a couple of years ago! Here’s a short video from the Museum of the Bible explaining why they chose to have a replica of it there.
For the art lesson, it was part directed drawing and part tracing. I like to continue some tracing work, even as they advance in drawing, because it’s really excellent for working on fine motor skills and also boosts their confidence in drawing. I think they had the most fun using silver and gold metallic paints to paint the bell. I love the texture of the metallic paints, and just the simple process of painting is so enjoyable. Some of the bells were still a little too wet to go home, but they will come next week.
I’m thankful for your students and the opportunity to teach them each week at SHARE!
October 27, 2020
Today we read a cute book called “Sweep”. It was about a boy named Ed who got swept away by his bad mood, and also included some neat fall illustrations of leaves especially. The book also spurred some short discussions on how thankfulness can be powerful in helping when we feel overwhelmed or feel like nothing is going our way.
We then had a directed drawing activity of a scarecrow. Some students completed this project with me in the past. If they still have theirs it will be neat to see how theirs from this year compares. It’s a great beginning drawing activity because it has a lot of similarities to drawing a person, and gives confidence for drawing. In some classes we ran out of time for the students to finish painting their background, but they could finish it with crayons at home if they wish.
I hope you all are staying healthy and well! See you next week!
October 20, 2020
It was great to be back at SHARE today! I hope everyone had a great fall break. Today in art class I showed the students’ leaf creatures on my laptop and the students were able to share about what they created. Loved how they used different elements of nature in their creations! If you didn’t get a chance to email me your child’s leaf creation you can still do so this week and I’ll show it in class next week. Or if you didn’t get a reply from me, please resend because I emailed everyone back to verify I had received theirs. Sometimes technology can be glitchy though! See the previous summary below for instructions.
We read a cute book that I discovered this year called “Tidy” by Emily Gravett. It went well with our leaf theme today. Then the students painted leaves that I brought from home with a foam brush and printed or stamped them onto black paper. This was a neat process art technique, and was a bit trickier than it looked to get the right amount of paint on the leaf so that the print showed the veins and details of the leaf. It was definitely an “experiential” technique, and it’s okay that all the leaves (the white painted part) didn’t look like leaves. ; ) For the background, the students were given a small piece of a sponge and several warm paint colors to sponge paint the background. As always, the 45 minutes flew by but the students worked hard to complete their project. In my 2nd grade morning art class their art was too wet to be sent home, so they’ll take it home next week.
Please remember to return progress reports (signed) in your child’s yellow folder, if you didn’t do so this week. Have a great week!
October 6, 2020
Hello parents, I can’t believe it’s October! Today we had a guided drawing lesson on pumpkins and the students drew and outlined their pumpkins, and then colored them with oil pastels. We learned a new term as it related to our drawing - horizon line. We also talked about using some yellow on our pumpkins for highlighting. The students are doing great with listening to instructions and following along! We read “Leaf Man” again as a review for our leaf person/creation homework.
HOMEWORK Due by October 19th:
-Your child will create a leaf person/creature/object out of elements they find in nature. It doesn’t have to be glued or taped together because they won’t be bringing it to class. If they need to use scissors to cut leaves into shapes, that is fine, but try to encourage only using natural resources that they find outside: leaves, acorns, pine cones, sticks, etc.. Take a picture of their creation and then email it to me. We’ll have a “virtual show & tell” on October 20th. To clarify, this will be a picture of their nature art that is sent to me, not something they bring into class.
-Email me at email@example.com with a picture of your child’s leaf creation and put in the subject line the following:
-your child’s name
-ART a.m. or ART p.m.
Have a great fall break and please email me with any questions!
September 29, 2020
Today was our first drawing lesson and everyone did great! We used a circle template for the cat’s face, but they drew the rest of the cat on their own! I love doing guided drawing lessons because it really builds confidence for future drawing. Listening to directions is an important part of the drawing lesson, a skill we’ll continue to practice throughout the year. After drawing the basic outline of the cat with white oil pastel, we created sections on the cat. I gave some examples and then gave them some artistic freedom in creating the sections in the shapes they desired. Then we reviewed different types of lines and patterns from our very first week of SHARE, and next they used metallic markers to create different lines and/or patterns in the sections of their cat. Some even named their cats, and I loved hearing their names. : ) I called mine “fall pattern cat” (not as creative as their names - haha), and my inspiration was a lesson I adapted from one of my favorite art teachers, Patty Palmer.
I hope you have a great week, and enjoy the fall weather! I’ll post a reminder next week about the “leaf creation” homework that will be due on October 20th. See the summary from last week with the basics of the assignment. Thanks!
September 22, 2020
What a beautiful first day of fall! We read “Leaf Man” by Lois Ehlert, which is filled with beautiful pictures of leaf creations. I told most of the classes that I will be posting a homework assignment, but it will not be “due” until after fall break, when the leaves begin changing colors. For now, in case they create something that they want you to take a picture of this week, just know that the basics will be finding elements from nature (leaves, acorns, pine nuts, etc. ) and creating a leaf person/creature/object out of those elements. It doesn’t have to be glued or taped together. Your child can lay it on a flat surface and you can just take a picture of it while it is intact. I’ll send reminders and details of where to send the picture in October, so there is plenty of time. We’ll have a “virtual show & tell” with the nature art that they create one day in October. To clarify, this will be a picture of their nature art that is sent to me, not something they bring into class. More details to come!
After reading the book, the students set to work tracing different leaf templates and then they created veins with oil pastels. This was our first week using oil pastels. They are one of my favorite mediums to use in class because they are extra waxy and glide easily on paper. The students used watercolors to paint their leaves and background; warm colors for the leaves and cool colors for the background. Hopefully this will be some nice artwork to display in your home to add to your fall decor. : )
Have a wonderful week and enjoy this lovely autumn weather!
September 15, 2020
Happy “International Dot Day”! What’s that, you say? The book, The Dot, by Peter Reynolds has become wildly popular in elementary art programs and spurred a special day of its own. We haven’t celebrated this day every year in art class, but because the day coincided with our SHARE day this year, it was the perfect time to incorporate a dot-related art lesson. They even have a website about the day, which I just found.
The book has an encouraging message about making your own mark, and how we can help encourage others to have confidence in their creativity. After reading the book, we used the color wheel to review our color theory terms again: primary and secondary colors, warm and cool colors, and complementary colors. Next, came tracing and cutting practice. The students traced quite a few circles, and then cut them out. This was our first week of scissor work, and the students did great! Some in K needed some help with holding their scissors correctly, which is completely age appropriate. Once they got the hang of it, they were in business! I loved that the students really worked hard and tried their best with good attitudes, and I know cutting circles isn’t easy for younger children. It’s excellent practice though! It would be wonderful if you also have them practice cutting at home whenever you have the chance. : )
After tracing and cutting we talked about layering the circles with complementary colors and also looked at an example of Wassily Kandinsky’s “Concentric Circles” for some color inspiration. Instead of painting our circles as Kandinsky did, we used paper to create a collage (a term we learned today).
Thank you for sharing your sweet, eager-to-learn students with us every week! I love their enthusiasm and joy in art class!
September 8, 2020
Today was another full and productive day in art class! We learned about complementary (or opposite) colors on the color wheel and also discussed warm and cool colors. We read a sweet book called, “I Am An Artist”, which has beautiful illustrations. Then we learned about Canadian artist Ted Harrison, and drew and painted a landscape in his style. He painted a lot of landscapes of the northern lights and used vibrant colors. The students drew curved lines at the bottom of their paper to represent the valleys or mountains, and the sunset was drawn at the top. They used their watercolors and painted cool colors for the silhouette of the mountains and warm colors for the sunset. Even though this wasn’t a rainbow painting, we noted that the painting was actually in “rainbow (ROYGBIV) order”! I was pleased with their hard work and focus!
Please check your child’s backpack to make sure their paint shirt is still in there. We were missing several today, and they really need to have their paint shirt every week. Thank you!
September 1, 2020
Week two is in the books and we had a great day! I was so pleased that we had 100% attendance in all of SHARE!
Today in art class we read “Little Blue and Little Yellow” by Leo Lionni. It’s such a cute book that’s also a great preface to color mixing! Then we started on our “birds of color” art project. We practiced our fine motor skills by tracing circle lids for the birds’ bodies and then drew beaks and legs. The students then got their own little palette of primary colors and we first painted the birds the primary colors. Then we mixed the paints to create our secondary colors for the other birds. The students were great listeners and worked hard. We packed a lot into 45 minutes! We’ll continue more lessons on color, but the primary and secondary colors are always the foundation. A couple students observed that the birds were also in rainbow order. I love their observations!
We didn’t have time to watch this fun video in class, but this would be great to watch to reinforce the primary and secondary colors!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Labor Day weekend! Stay safe if you’re traveling and enjoy the cooler temperatures that it looks like are coming next week. : )
August 25, 2020
Hi SHARE families! It was so good to be back today, after a long break! It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces, and to meet some new friends!
We began our art class by reading a fun book called “Lines That Wiggle”. We’ll be talking a lot this year about elements of art, including lines, and this was a great introduction! Before I read the book I touched on the roles of authors and illustrators . I start many of my art classes with a book that ties into our art lesson. I love children’s literature! After reading our book, we made art portfolios that they will keep at home and will hopefully be helpful for storing all the sweet projects in art and other classes that they will bring home. : )
As a reminder, please check and empty the yellow folder that was placed in your child’s backpack today each week. This week there is a checklist of supplies so please make sure that everything was sent in. We will only be using the art shirts periodically but the art shirts need to remain in the backpacks (in the gallon size bags) so they will be ready and available whenever they are used.
Please reach out if you have any questions for me. I’m excited about creating art with your children this year at SHARE!