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Beehive Prints

Variations of this project have been floating around Pinterest/Instagram/Twitter for a while but I originally saw it on @MarshallElementaryArt on Instagram 🙂

3rd graders began by creating a bubble wrap print on yellow paper. They used magenta, turquoise, and yellow paint and mixed the colors to create a rainbow effect.

The next day, we watched the BrainPop about bees and talked all about these wonderful insects. Each student used a hexagon template to trace and cut their yellow paper. Students then practiced drawing bees in a step-by-step drawing lesson based on this:

They referred to their sketch to create 2 or 3 bees which they traced with sharpie and colored with Crayola Art Sticks. I love Art Sticks because they produce the same beautiful effect as colored pencils but without the fuss of sharpening!

The last two days were spent assembling everything together. Students used old plastic sleeves for the bees wings. They carefully cut and glued their bee bodies to the plastic wings and then glued each bee to their hexagon. This was a very labor-intensive process but the artwork turned out BEE-utiful! (The kids were absolutely sick of all of my bee puns after this project hehehe!)

With only a couple weeks left in the school year, these got sent straight home. Next year I hope to do this project a bit earlier so that they can BEE displayed in the school for all to enjoy 🙂

❤ Mrs. K


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Pop Art Onomatopoeia Prints

The idea for this project comes from my friend Katie over @SweetAppleESArt. I knew this would be a great cross-curricular lesson for my 5th graders as soon as I saw her fabulous examples on Twitter 🙂

These got TONS of compliments hanging in the hallway outside of the cafeteria!

On the first day, students used bubble wrap to create a print. They mixed yellow, turquoise, and magenta tempera paint to create a spectrum of lovely colors. We also watched the BrainPop video about Pop Art so students could be inspired by some of the great artists of the movement. We had a little chat about how artists of the time were responding to current events and society to make a new and exciting type of art.

The next day, students brainstormed an onomatopoeia of their choice. 5th graders learn about onomatopoeia so this was a great language arts connection!

They could pick one from a word bank or use one that they already knew. They sketched their word on sketch paper and drew it in bubble letters. Students were encouraged to illustrate their word further. For example, if the word was “oink” they could add pig details. The kids were SO creative with this and really used their imaginations to make some cool designs!

The kids drew their word onto a piece of colorful construction paper and traced their lines with sharpie. They cut and mounted the word onto another piece which was then cut and mounted again. Each paper was cut with a zig-zag or scalloped line to create a cool pop art effect.

Great job 5th grade!

❤ Mrs. K


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Donuts in a Day

This one day lesson was perfect for a filler project at the end of the school year. I love teaching step-by-step drawing lessons because students feel more empowered when they can be successful. Going step-by-step is a great way to make sure everyone is flowing through the drawing process smoothly.

We began by following this guide for drawing a donut:

Students traced over their lines with Sharpie and then colored the sprinkles with Crayola Twistables. Then, they painted over their design with watercolor paint.

This project was great for 2nd-5th graders. I love how unique each one is, just like my amazing students!

❤ Mrs. K


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Pattern Hearts

This was a fun one day project that all ages enjoyed. We started off by tracing 3 hearts onto a piece of 6×9 paper. The hearts were made using the die-cut machine with poster board.

Students filled each heart with patterns and traced over their lines with sharpie. Then, they used watercolors to paint their designs.

This easy-peasy one day lesson was perfect for the end of the school year.

❤ Mrs. K


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Warm & Cool Abstract Name Designs

I have a seen a bunch of versions of this on Instagram and Pinterest lately with all different variations in materials and style. I wanted to try it out with my 4th graders in between our clay unit and our stitching unit as a easy drawing and painting project. It was a huge hit!

Teacher Samples by Me 🙂

The first day, we began by measuring the paper into sections and creating horizontal lines. Then students wrote their names in a way that filled up the space and traced over the lines with sharpie.

On the second day, we reviewed warm and cool colors. Students used Crayola Twistables to color in some of their shapes with either warm or cool colors. On the third day, they painted the remaining empty shapes with the opposite color scheme.

Nice work 4th graders!

❤ Mrs. K


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Pop Up Houses

These fantastic little pop-up houses were inspired by makeandtakes.com We followed their tutorial but due to time only did one story instead of 2 for our houses.

Teacher Sample by MK

On the first day, students measured and cut to make the paper pop-up for the house. They draw a triangle or a trapezoid onto a separate piece of construction paper for the roof as well as a rectangle for the door.

On the second day, students designed the background, house, and yard with fluorescent oil pastels. We read the story “Home” and students were inspired by the different textures and details from the homes in the book. They were encouraged to think about the yard with a bird’s eye view (what would it look like if a bird was flying over and looking down at the house?) We added a path, plants, windows, trees, and a sky.

On the third day, students painted over their designs with tempera cakes. They were encouraged to use colors that contrast to really make their artwork pop.

Great job 3rd graders!

❤ Mrs. K


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Earth Weaving

3rd graders are finishing up their earth weavings. This project was inspired by @Mizzlee_art on Instagram.

We started by tracing a circle and painting the earth. Students used blue and green tempera cakes to paint the oceans and continents. They also painted a rainbow onto a separate piece of paper.

The next week, students cut out their earth circles and folded them in half. They used a ruler to make a mark every 2 inches. I went around and made the lines longer.

The unfolded paper creates a loom in which the rainbow lines can be woven. Students carefully made their lines go over-under-over-under to create a beautiful earth with a rainbow.

With a few minutes left at the end of class, students used their own bodies to weave! Some kids held strings while others went over-under-over-under.

This was a fun way to reinforce learning and get some wiggles out!

❤ Mrs. Katzin


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Rocket Ship Sculptures

Kindergarten kiddos are wrapping up their rocket ship sculptures. They were super fun to make!

I found a tutorial video and handy printout on Krokotak.com This website has AWESOME resources!

We read the book Tiny Little Rocket and talked all about outer space. Then, each student received a black piece of construction paper and metallic colored pencils. Students created a shiny starry galaxy background.

I had copied the handout onto several colors of bright, neon card stock. Each student got a piece and used colored pencils to add little patterns and designs in each shape.

The next art class, we cut, glued, and assembled the rockets. Students were so excited to make them pop up by carefully folding or bending the paper. But the ultimate best part of this project was that students got to trade pieces with their classmates. This allowed them to create a rocket with a variety of colors. They loved this collaborative aspect!

Way to go kindergartners!

❤ Mrs. K


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The Day You Begin

Grade 2 did a fab job withe these little portrait paintings!

On the first day, I read the book The Day You Begin. I got this story from the book fair earlier this year because the illustrations are gorgeous and the story is wonderful. It is about how everyone is different and when we listen to each other we can understand one another and even make a new friend! I knew right away that I wanted to create an art lesson to go with this book.

This illustration was the particular inspiration for this project:

After reading the story and discussing the ways in which each of us are different, I took a pic of each student holding a big book.

The next week, students cut and glued their picture to a piece of paper and used fluorescent oil pastels to create flowing lines of movement coming out of the book. Then, they used tempera cakes to paint right over the oil pastels. This made the artwork so vibrant!

These little portraits are so sweet, they are going to look wonderful displayed in the hallway!

❤ Mrs. K


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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