In My Heart, 1st Grade

 In My Heart

In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek and Christine Roussey 

In My Heart, detail


“My heart can feel so many feelings, and yours can too! Today, my heart is proud. How does your heart feel?”

Our first graders followed this prompt, as they used color and emotion to explore how their heart feelings. We learned that our hearts are full of different feelings, some feel big, others small.  In the book, the heart changes size and color as it uncover feelings of happiness, bravery, madness, calmness, sadness, hopefulness, silliness, and shyness.

To get a better understanding of color, we used an emotional color wheel to create our repeating heart shapes.

The emotional color wheel

We used the emotional color wheel, to talk about the feelings in our heart.

The outer heart represented the emotion that we felt the most in our heart. While, the smallest heart representing the emotion that we felt the least. We created a symbol around our repeating hearts, that represented our feelings for today. I just love the imaginations and creativity of my 1st grade artists. There creations fills my heart with so much happiness. Here is a look, at the beautiful heart creations of our 1C artists.


Charlie Harper Cardinals

Image3C has been learning about one of my favorite bird illustrators, Charlie Harper. Student studied Charley Harper’s love of animals and nature. We looked at and discussed his use of symmetry, flat area of color, and geometric shapes. After comparing Harper’s cardinals, to  photographs of cardinals in the wild, we set out to create our winter scenes. We cut and pasted colored construction paper, and used oil pastels to add details to our collages. We worked hard to create symmetry in our cardinal, birdbath, and leaves. I love how these turned out! Each one unique in size, shape, and personality.


ImageEmma C. 3C


Emma G. 3C


Faith 3C


Katie 3C

“Wildlife art has been dominated by realism, but I have chosen to do it differently because I think flat, hard-edge, and simple.” – Charlie Harper

1st Grade Square 1 Art


A collection of work by 1D 


 Raina 1D


Pasquale 1D

My First Graders have brought so much cheer to the art room with these textured flower collages.  Grade One used a painting technique called double-loading to create two sheets of paper using both warm and cool colors. On our warm color sheet we drew fun, creative flowers using lines, shapes, and patterns. Once complete we began cutting our flowers out and gluing them down to our cool color paper. We completed class on Thursday by “filling a friends bucket” with words of kindness. 1D loved sharing what they liked about a classmates work.  We love celebrating each other in art. My First Graders filled my bucket this week!