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Fluorescent Cacti with Pom-Poms

This fun and fabulous project was inspired by @art_with_mia. This step-by-step project was pretty simple but it has a big wow factor.

We started off with a step-by-step drawing on 12×18 paper. Students drew the cactus shapes and added a horizon line and a sun or moon. They were careful to only draw a few detail lines so the next step would be easier.

After drawing with pencil, students traced over their lines with black tempera paint. They used their paintbrush to add spikes and prickles. The next week, students used fluorescent tempera paint to bring their compositions to life. After painting they glued on soft pom-poms. This lead to a great conversation about texture and contrast.

❤ Mrs. K

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Ceramic Cups

Spring Art Club kicked off with ceramic cups. This project was super fun and engaging. Students started off with a slab of clay. I am so grateful for my North Star Table Top Slab Roller which I purchased with SPLOST funds last year. It makes rolling slabs a breeze! I rolled the slabs in the morning so they had some time to firm up before afternoon art club.

When the kids arrived, they wrapped a plastic grocery bag around a standard sized can. Wrapping the can keeps the wet clay from sticking. They carefully wrapped their slab around the bagged can and scratch-&_attached a slab bottom.

Next it was time to decorate the cups. The kids used coils, slabs, and pinching methods to design a creative, one-of-a-kind ceramic cup.

Usually I would let a large and dense clay project like this dry out for at least a week but we were kind of in a time crunch. Luckily, there was a nice sunny day the next day and I set the cups outside to dry. (pictured below with some second grade sundials)

I fired them veeeerrrrry slowly in the kiln and luckily there were no explosions. The kids were so excited to paint the next week!

These turned out super fantastic, they will be perfect for holding pens & pencils or other trinkets!

❤ Mrs. K


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Ceramic Flowers

First graders had a blast sculpting these ceramic flowers! We began with a chunk of clay that was rolled into a sphere. Students used their shoe to press it flat and create texture. This experience was quite the hit with the kiddos!

Next, students pinched and molded extra clay pieces to create petals and a center for their flower. They used tools to add more texture and designs.

The flowers went into the kiln to be bisqued and when they came out, it was time to paint. Students could choose shimmer colors or neon colors to paint their flowers.

Great job, first graders!


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Sculptural Self-Portraits

The idea for this project comes from @Show_me_the_monet  and Krokotak.com. When I saw these funky self-portrait sculptures I knew they would be perfect for my 2nd graders 🙂

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The project required a ton of prep work on my part – I cut several different shades of “skin tone” construction paper into pieces for the face, nose, and ears. Yellow, black, and brown pieces had to be cut into manageable sizes to be used for hair. A variety of colors had to be cut up for the shirts and backgrounds. Small pieces of white paper were cut for the eyes, mouth, and details. So it was a lot of quality time spent with my handy paper cutter but it was WORTH IT!

On the first day of the project, we practiced creating 2D self-portraits in our sketch folders. I love teaching self-portraits, it is so much fun to show the students all the different ways of how to draw details of the face. Drawing is hard for young kids but it is such a great skill to learn so I encourage my students to keep a positive attitude and try their best (as usual 🙂 )

The next week, we read the book The Colors of Us which is all about diversity and how we are all different colors and all of those colors are beautiful. Students then choose a color for their background and shirt. Then they pick a neutral color that best matches their skin color. They use a big piece and make it into a rainbow for the face. They roll a small piece for the nose. It can be a circle or a tear-drop shape. We also have time to create the ears on the first day and that is pretty much it.

The next week, I show students how to make hair. I show them several different techniques of cutting, bending, folding, and gluing the paper. They get a paper that matches their hair color and create their hair style.

After creating the hair, students use crayons on a white paper to create their eyes and mouth (just like how we did in the sketch on the first day.) Then they assemble everything and add details like designs on the shirt, a background, and any accessories that they like.

It was so hard to choose just a few for this blog post because they were all so fabulous! One teacher commented that if her children had brought home this project when they were kids, she would have put it in a shadow box and kept it forever. That made my heart glow! I hope my student’s parents love them too. This will be a classic project that I will definitely be doing year after year 🙂

❤ Mrs. K


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Mixed Media Solar Systems

Fourth graders did a fantastic job with these mixed media solar systems! We started this project as while they learned about planets, stars, and solar systems in science class so there were some great cross-curricular connections.

We began by looking at Starry Night and noticing the lines of movement in the night sky.

Students used liquid glue to create lines inspired by starry night on black paper. They sprinkled multi-colored glue onto the glue and placed the paper onto the drying rack. We used multi-colored glitter to represent stars that are hot and cooler, closer and far away.

The next week, we created a beautiful mono-print with ziploc bags, markers, and spray bottles. First, students colored on the bags with Mr. Sketch water based markers.

Next, they sprayed the bags a couple of times with water.

Then, they gently pressed a white paper onto the wet bag.

When the paper is carefully peeled off, it reveals a beautiful tie-dye watercolor paper. It was such a fun way to create a painting!

The next week, we read Tiny Little Rocket and had a chat about form and planetary rotation. Planets are 3D and we can make out planets look like they have form by shading. The part closer to the sun is not shaded and the part further away has a dark crescent. Students used cups to trace circles onto their painted paper and a black colored pencil to create a shaded crescent.

The next art class, students carefully cut and glued their planets onto their starry night background. They had to make sure their shaded sides were all going in the same direction and could also use scrap paper to make some planets pop up. They could also overlap planets and make some going off of the page.

This turned out to be a super fun project, the process and the product are equally successful and engaging. I love when students are able to make connections in the art room and bring their learning into other aspects of their lives 🙂

❤ Mrs. K


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Snowy Landscapes

The idea for this lesson comes from @artwithmrsnguyen

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The first week of this project, we practiced mixing tints and shades. We used this worksheet.  Students could choose green, purple, magenta, turquoise, or blue for their artwork. I have found that these colors create the most aesthetically pleasing tints and shades. Red, yellow, and orange tend to get a bit dull or sometimes gross/scary looking.

The next week, students created tints and shades on a square piece of paper. They started with white in the middle to be the moon and then mixed colors going in circular brush strokes outward.

The next week, we added the details step-by-step.

I think these paintings are just so enchanting!

❤ Mrs. K


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Paper Snow Globes

These little paper snow globes are the perfect one-day project right before winter break! The inspiration form this comes from Pinterest 🙂

We read the book Snowmen at Night. Students were inspired to create different scarves and hats for their snowman and they also noticed how shading a circle made it have form.

We created the designs step-by-step:

The kids did a fab job with these, almost everyone was successful and ended up with something they were super proud of. I don’t usually do such “crafty” projects but every once in a while (especially the week before winter break) it can be fun!

Happy Holidays!

❤ Mrs. K


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Color Wheels with Roll-A-Monsters

The idea for this project comes from @Gottagoghteach_art on Instagram. I thought her version of a color wheel project would be super fun for my 5th graders!

We began by sectioning off a 12 inch x 12 inch paper into 12 spaces. This took up quite a bit of time so most students were able to paint their primary and some secondary colors on the first day. 

On the second day, students mixed primary with secondary colors to create intermediate colors. They filled in the rest of their ‘slices.’

The next time we met, I introduced the dice rolling games to the kids. I created one for monsters and one for dogs. These were inspired by many different similar things found on Pinterest.

Many of the students were inspired to create their own with memes, imaginary creatures, etc. I made copies of the student created pages and added them to the options which was a big hit! I encouraged the kids to come up with at least 6 different designs so they could pick their favorite for their final draft. 

The next step was to add a variety of lines and patterns onto the color wheel. 

Students also drew their favorite creature fro their sketches onto card stock paper . They used a sharpie to outline and add contrast and then cut and glued their creature to the center of their color wheel. 

I really liked how this project covered so many concepts and gave kids a new way to be creative. Color wheel can tend to be really un-creative (they are all exactly the same after all!) so the addition of the dice roll games made this project really engaging. Great job 5th graders!

❤ Mrs. K 


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Jump Frog Jump

This idea for this project comes from Young School Art Blog.  These sweet sculptures were so fun to make!

We began by reading the story Jump Frog Jump and talking about a frog’s habitat. In the picture below, they are practicing making scalloped and wavy lines on the back of their paper with black crayon. Once they got the hang of it, they used a white oil pastel to create lines on the other side of the paper. Then they pained over their lines with blue and aqua tempera cakes. The reveal of the white lines was so magical! 

The next week, students cut their water into strips ad created waved by gluing them to blue construction paper. This was a but tricky, especially if too mush glue was used but everyone was able to make it work. Students also received 4 pieces of green paper. They cut a circle out first and then cut a triangle into the circle to create a lily pad. 

The third week, students drew, traced, colored, and cut out a frog.

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We did a step-by step drawing like this: 

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The frog was glued onto one of the lily pads. Torn tissue paper was crumpled to create ‘flowers’ on the other lily pads. 

I am so thrilled with how these turned out! The process was so much fun, the kids were engaged with painting, building, and drawing. Mixed media projects are the best!

❤ Mrs. K

p.s. Why is a frog always happy? 

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They eat whatever bugs them!! 😛 


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Tissue Paper Notans (Version 2.0)

Fourth graders loved creating Notans. I titled this blog post “Version 2.0” because I did this lesson a while back with art club kids but decided to change it up a bit this time around. 

We began with a PowerPoint jam-packed with info. We discussed Japan (geography and culture) and vocabulary like symmetry, positive and negative space, and shapes. 

Students created a stained glass design for their background with tissue paper and “glue goo” which is just glue and water mixed together. 

The next week, each student got a black construction paper square. This step is the most difficult part of the project and every time I teach this, the struggle is real. That is until one brilliant kid came up with the X method. Check it out: 

This made it SOOOO much easier and the kids were able to create symmetrical shapes without everything getting all jumbled up! They had a choice if they wanted their designs to have variety or unity of shapes. Both look great! 

The next week, students finished gluing down all the pieces of their designs and added fund doodles with silver and black sharpies. This project was so successful and fun. I also love the cross-curricular element with symmetrical shapes, I know this will support the learning that 4th graders are doing in math. 🙂 

Great job 4th graders! Next we will continue our cross-curricular journey with a science based solar system collage! 

❤ Mrs. K