Flowers, 2nd Grade

Happy Spring! 

Enjoy this Spring inspired project created by our 2nd Grade Artists!  Students were introduced to the work of Andy Warhol, through the use of an Emaze presentation.  Students learned the history of Andy Warhol and how he became the Prince of POP! After introducing students to the artist students used art criticism to answer questions, “What do you see? What do you think? What do you wonder? when looking at his,“Flower” print.


Andy Warhol, Flowers, 1964. 

We also watched a neat video on Pop Art that my second graders just loved!

We got started by creating our grassy background. Students used repetition in lines to imitate the grass seen in Andy Warhol’s Flowers. Our second graders used a variety of lines (tall, thin, thick, wavy, straight) to create their grassy  texture. They also played with different  values of green and blue oil pastels to create depth, highlights, and shadows.  Next, we used our mop brush to paint green and black liquid watercolor over our entire paper. We learned that this is called a resist or as I like to call magic

On day two, we used simple shapes to draw flowers. Students drew their flowers on a small 4”x 4” piece of paper. These were then transferred to a Styrofoam board.  I have to give a big shout out to Cassie Stephens for her awesome printmaking techniques and videos! We traced over their lines two times to create an imprint in the foam. We used two different color pens to keep track of where we have been and to make our lines were deep enough. Next, we cut out our flower shape and prepared to print!  Next class students will be using the printmaking process to print their flower 2 to 4 times. Students use their knowledge of warm and cool colors and friendly colors. Students enjoyed taking turns at the printmaking station and pulling multiple prints (copies) of their flowers just like Andy Warhol did! I just love this lesson and couldn’t wait to blog about it. Inspiration for this lesson came from Deep Space Sparkle! 

FullSizeRender-42B’s Flowers are currently on display outside the cafeteria, just in time for spring! I couldn’t wait to get these artworks back from Square 1 art so that I could put them out on display for all to see and enjoy.

Exploring Lines, Kindergarten

IMG_7701Kindergarten is flying high in art!

Can you guess the element of art our Kindergarteners have been busy exploring? If you thought lines, you are correct!  Our Kindergarten friends have been learning all about lines. Our unit on line got started with a special poem titled, “Larry the Line”.  You can find this wonderful poem on Cassie Stephens art blog! After learning the words and the hand motions to the poem, students got to meet Larry (the stuffed animal snake) and practice creating lines with his body. We put all our knowledge to great use when we began creating our hot air balloons. We used a variety of lines (vertical, diagonal, horizontal, spiral, curved, and angle lines) to decorate the inside of our balloon shape. Next, we explored color and learned how to use our paint brushes like a ballerina, (on their toes not on their bottoms).After being introduced to tempera paint, students began adding colors to their hot air balloons to make them look realistic. We decorated squares with vertical and horizontal lines to make them look like realistic baskets. After cutting and attaching string, Kindergarten was ready for take off. Art has been such a sweet adventure with TG’s youngest artists! Oh the places you’ll go in ART!

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Check out our first project of the school year, now on display outside the  cafeteria. We are currently learning about shapes and have been busy creating Indian corn, leaves, and Monsters. Stay tuned for those projects. They just went home with your budding artist!

The sky’s the limit!

Kandinsky Paintings, 2nd Grade

When you see color, do you hear music? Wassily Kandinsky believed that color, line, and music went together like Yin to Yang.  A pioneer of the abstract art movement, Kandinsky approached color with a musician’s sensibility. We began this lesson by looking at Kandinsky’s work. We used two different painting by Kandinsky to create our very first painting of the year.

       Several Circles                                                    Yellow, Red and Blue 


Our discussions centered on color, line, shape, and emotion. To get us hearing in color we listened to classical music as we worked. We used the white side of our cardboard circles to focus on Kandinsky inspired lines. As we listened to music, we created a variety of lines. For example, spiral, mountain, curved, horizontal, vertical, and diagonal.

We then discussed how music can evoke emotion and used different colors to fill in the white spaces on our boards. We listened to different kinds of music and thought about how the sounds made us feel. We used the first color that popped into our heads to capture the sounds and emotion.


On our second meeting day, we looked at the painting, Several circles, and used our observation skills to answer questions, what do you see? What do you think? What do you wonder? On the reverse side of our cardboard, students created several circles. We used white tempera paint on our black boards to create contrast. This created a background for color to be applied. I just love turning these boards over and over again,  admiring the contrast of line, shape color, and emotion! These Second Grade painting marked the first project of the school year! They have since gone home. However, I couldn’t help but share these gems on our art blog! Aren’t they fantastic!!!!

Enjoy these abstract painting created by our second grade artists. Inspiration for this project came from Cassie Stephens blog! Thanks for the inspiration Cassie!

Underground Drawings, 3rd Grade

Our 3rd grade artists used their imagination, to illustrate these creative underground world drawings. We got started, creating a horizontal line that separated our above ground and below. Next, we created tunnels and rooms in our underground world.  In the ground area around our tunnels, students used repeating lines to create patterns and textures. We studied pictures of soil, clay, bedrock, and ground water to create our repeating lines.

(Students using their sketches to create pattern and textures in their ground area)

Students then designed the rooms and creatures that might inhabit their underground worlds. Due to time, each class applied color to their underground worlds in a slightly different way. 3C used a warm or cool color scheme for their pattern and textures. Enjoy exploring the underground worlds of our 3rd grade artists.

Here is a look at 3C’s work 

This lesson was inspired by the underground creations of Mrs. Knight’s Smartest Artists and North Art Alert 

Día de los Muertos, 5th Grade Sugar Skulls

Our 5th Grade Artists have been busy creating these Mexican, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), sugar skulls. We learned that this three day celebration takes place in Mexico and around the world on October 31, November 1st and 2nd. This traditional holiday celebrates the memory of loved ones who have passed away through art, cooking, music, and building ofrendas (altarpieces). Looking closely at the art of sugar skull, we observed symmetry, unity in color, subject matter, and geometric and organic shapes. Once students learned how to draw a skull on one half of their papers, they began adding design to areas like the cheek bone, forehead, and chin. We used a transferring technique to create symmetry in our design. Our pencil lines were then traced with sharpie and colored in using colored sharpie markers. Students chose colors based on their knowledge of color schemes like warm and cool colors, complementary colors, and color value. Texture rubbing plates were used on construction paper, to frame and complement our skulls intricate designs.

These Sugar Skulls will be on display later this week in celebration of Dia de los Muertos.

4th grade, Autumn leaf studies

Fall into The Elements of Art, with these beautiful Autumn illustrations created by our 4th graders. 

Line- Various marks were used to create each leafs shape and inner structure.

Shape– Leaves are organic shapes! We traced a minimum of 7 organic shapes in our composition. Leaf size and types varied.

Color– Autumn leaves are rich in color. Hues like red, yellow, green, orange, and brown were used to bring our leaves to life. Using watercolor pencils, we mixed colors and blended them together using a brush and water.

Value– Sometimes our leaves changed in value from dark to light.

Space– Space is the area between and around our leaves. The space around an object is often called negative space.

Texture–  The structure of our leaves (veins) were draw to create “visual” texture. Our center leaf, captured texture through seeing and feeling.

Form– To study our leaves we had to look and feel them. Our 2-dimentional leaves gave the illusion of form while our center relief held it.

The elements of art are the building blocks used by artists to create a work of art. 

2nd grade, Owls


Mathilda, 2C, Snowy owl

Our 2nd grader artists created these awesome owls using line, shape, and texture. We used basic shapes like an oval for the body of our owl, circle for the head and eyes, and a triangle for the beak. We studied 3 different species of owls for this project, the snowy owl, barn owl, and great horned owl.  We identified characteristics that made each owl different. For example, the barn owl had a recognizable heart shape face, and the great horned owl had distinct long, earlike tufts.

Once we had our owl features drawn with a sharpie, students created texture lines to make their owls look realistic. Using photographs of our 3 owls, we studied how different lines can be used to create foliage and feathers. Students got to work drawing lines around the eyes of their owl, wings, and chest. Sometimes our lines repeated, other times they changed in size and shape.

Since most owls are active at night (nocturnal), we placed our owl in front of a bright harvest moon and starry night sky. When it came to adding color, some students decided to make their owls blend into their environment (camouflage), while others chose to make them stand out. We created texture in our night sky by sprinkling salt onto our damp watercolor paint. Students loved using this watercolor technique to create stars in the sky or even snow, in the case of the snowy owl. These creative owls were a big hit with our second grade artists. I loved hearing students share facts about owls as they worked. Second grade did a beautiful job bringing their owls to life using line, shape, texture, color, and a lot of love.