April 13, 2021
Today was the first part of our Eric Carle artist study and lesson. I love the books and art of Eric Carle! I read The Mixed-Up Chameleon and then we watched a video of Mr. Rogers (who I also love!) going to Eric Carle’s studio and seeing how he creates his illustrations. If your kids would like to watch this video again I’ll link it below. In my first class the internet went out toward the end so they missed the last part of the video.
Eric Carle painted tissue papers and then let those papers dry and used them later to create collages for his books. He used different techniques to create texture and layered paint colors when he painted his tissue papers. We used sulphite paper so it would hold up better with the paint, and forks and q-tips to create designs and texture. Next week these painted papers will become chameleons! : )
April 6, 2021
The students did a great job today with their sailboat landscape drawing and painting. It had been a while since we had done a guided drawing art project and I was impressed! We used liquid watercolors today and I love how vibrant the blue water was with using those. They are a mess but fun! We tried to be very careful but some students may come back home with some blue or green stains. It will wash out...eventually! ; )
I just think these paintings look so serene and peaceful. I love being in nature and close to God’s creation and I can just imagine the ocean breeze. I hope looking at these paintings bring you joy and peace also this week!
March 30, 2021
With this being Holy Week, I decided to plan our art lesson around the resurrection story. I read the students part of The Jesus Storybook Bible about the resurrection. Then I passed out two different stones: one for them to keep, and one to give away to a friend or family member, or to place in a park for someone to find. They used acrylic paint markers to draw a cross on one side of each stone, and then when that side dried they could paint something else they chose on the other side. The stone is intended to be a visual reminder to them that Jesus is alive and that He rose from the dead, and we can have eternal life through faith in Him! In Kindergarten someone asked, “Why would he die for me?” I loved the sweet and very important question and I shared John 3:16 with the class. I hope I am always amazed with child-like faith that God loved me (and the world) so much to send His one and only Son for me.
I hope you all have a wonderful Easter!
March 23, 2021
Butterflies always have felt like a symbol of spring and new life to me, so with it officially being spring and Easter coming soon I they would be an appropriate subject for our art project. This was also a good week to review symmetry, as butterflies provide a great example of that.
We looked at a picture of a beautiful monarch butterfly for inspiration. Then the students traced butterfly templates onto watercolor paper and then glued them on to black cardstock. They used a black oil pastel to create sections of their butterflies, and painted those sections with watercolors, while trying to keep symmetry in mind with their designs and colors. Hopefully these cute butterflies are providing some lovely spring decoration in your home!
March 2, 2021
While it’s not officially spring yet I am more than ready for spring art! March can be fickle weather-wise (I was married on the first day of spring and it was freezing!) but I do feel we’re “turning the corner” on the dreary winter days and can look forward to a beautiful spring! My parents’ wedding anniversary is March 1st and they had daffodils (or buttercups) in their wedding because that was the flower that was in season. I love that daffodils are one of the first sneak peeks that God gives us that the new life of spring is coming. I brought in some lovely yellow daffodils and we observed them and talked about the term “still life” and how artists will draw or paint still objects that are not alive, but are inanimate objects. I did guide the students in their drawing by drawing the steps on the board and having them follow along, but we also used our observation skills to help in our drawings. We attempted a ¾ view drawing of the daffodil, so that you could see the dimension of the cup of the daffodil. This is trickier to do than it looks, but the students did great with their efforts. Then they traced their pencil drawing with oil pastels and finished the rest with watercolors. These would look lovely mounted to a full sheet of black cardstock!
I hope you all have a happy and healthy spring break, whether you are traveling or staying home!
February 23, 2021
Great to be back together on this beautiful day! Today we explored print making in art class! The students used foam printing plates ( you could use styrofoam plates that are cut flat as well) and a wooden stylus to draw their designs in the foam (a pencil would also work). We explored drawing different shapes, houses, landscapes, cars, etc. The larger objects transferred the best. Stick people and small designs didn’t show up as well because the color bled into them. It was definitely a great lesson in experimenting with different shapes to see what transferred best. After the students drew their designs they used washable watercolors to color their print. Then I lightly wet their paper with a sponge before they printed onto the paper. In some classes they had time to do a different design on the back of their foam and make additional prints. I thought it was a fun, experiential art project!
Their printing plates and prints are in their backpacks. They can use the printing plates to do more prints at home if they wish. I think regular markers would work also, but just not as well as the washable markers. The key is also getting the paper damp so the color really transfers. The prints would be cute glued to a solid colored piece of cardstock (black would look great). Because this year has been kind of wonky I’m not keeping anything here at SHARE from week-to-week; otherwise I’d keep them here and glue them onto cardstock and send them home so they look more “finished”.
Enjoy this early spring weather we’re having this week!
February 16, 2021
Happy “Ice Day”! Well, this is a bit of an unusual week but I hope you’re all staying warm and safe! What I had planned for our in-person art lesson doesn’t work for a remote lesson, so I found a new idea for an art lesson that also includes learning about a new artist, Alma Woodsey Thomas, who was a modern abstract artist. She was an art teacher for 35 years before completing some of her most famous paintings in her 70’s. I find that pretty inspiring! Check out this website for information about her and scroll down for a short video that you can show your students about her life and art. The video is only 2:45 long (it says it is 6 minutes but it stops at 2:45).
Supplies needed for the art lesson:
Black marker for drawing the circles (you may want to watch the first couple of minutes of the video below and draw the circles for them to set them up for success or give them different size circle tracers to use: masking tape, bowls, etc.)
Colored construction paper (a different color for each circle)
Glue stick (purple would be ideal so they can see it, but a regular glue stick or school glue also works!)
Baby wipe or wet paper towel to wipe sticky hands ; )
Your students can watch this video for a step-by-step lesson in creating a mosaic in the style of Alma Thomas, but you may want to watch the beginning couple minutes to help them get set up and started. The 2:00 minute mark is when the video really starts showing the instruction of the collage. Please note that this is not me in the video (your children will know right away because of the difference in our voices!) This torn paper collage is great for working on fine motor skills!
If your budding artist completes this lesson I’d love for them to bring their mosaic into class to show next week!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRfPRNPC80A (please monitor your child since this video is on you tube)
*If your student is in 2nd grade, or up for a challenge, they could also complete the art lesson idea that is at the bottom of the Albany Art Museum link above. They would need paint for that project.
February 9, 2021
Everyone was so excited today about the Valentine’s exchange! It was so fun seeing the students’ happily giving their Valentine’s to each other. Thank you so much for the sweet cards, flowers, chocolates and treats!
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day we made cute “heart hangers” in art class today. Make sure and check your child’s backpack for theirs because they’re adorable and easy to display!
Today we learned a new art term: symmetry. Ask your child if they can remember what symmetry is! Hearts are the perfect example for teaching symmetry. The students drew half a heart on their folded cardstock and then cut it out to create a full heart. The majority of students did this by themself but if someone was getting frustrated I always offered to help by lightly tracing the heart for them. I encourage them to try it by themselves first but I never want students to get to the point of being so discouraged. Art is supposed to be fun! : ) Drawing a heart without a tracer isn’t easy either, especially for the youngest students, but they did great. After their large heart was cut out they tried their hand at drawing hearts inside the hearts and then decorating their heart hanger. They used tempera paint sticks for the first time this year, which I love because they dry so fast! They also used oil pastels for accents.
I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week and stay warm! Maybe the groundhog was right about his prediction! ; )
February 2, 2021
Groundhog Day! We watched a short video explaining the history of Groundhog Day and then saw a little bit of the video from this morning of the proclamation that Puxsatawney Phil saw his shadow and there will be six more weeks of winter! I was personally hoping for an early spring! ; ) We did talk in each class about how this is just a fun tradition and that only God can tell the future and He is in control of all things, including the weather!
The students drew by themselves the cutest groundhogs. They only used a tracer for the head and the rest was just listening and copying my directions. They did a really great job! I’m excited to create some Valentine’s art with them next week! : )
January 26, 2021
Today we completed a winter landscape, after I read the students the book “Owl Moon”. I love the illustrations and story (a father and son go “owling” on a full moon winter night), and when possible I try to have a literary tie-in with my art lessons. As they completed the art lesson we looked at perspective of the big moon and the tree and how creating the horizon line above the tree line gave the tree more of a three-dimensional view of being surrounded by snow, rather than the tree just sitting on top of the snow. We reviewed art terms that we hadn’t been over in a while: horizon line, perspective, horizontal and vertical lines, shadows, etc.
On the way home from SHARE I was surprised to see the most beautiful (almost) full moon in the sky. I had no idea we were so close to a full moon because of the rain we had the night before. It felt like a little gift from God to me to be able to notice the beauty of His creation after our focus being on the moon today in art. If your children are able to see the full moon for themselves this week you can tell them that this was the kind of moon I imagined was in our book!
Next week SHARE is on Groundhog Day, and while it’s just a silly thing I thought it would be a fun idea for our art lesson. I’m personally hoping for an early spring! ; )
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!