Solar System Mono Prints

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5th GRADE SOLAR SYSTEM MONO PRINTS

This is a great lesson for a STEAM Art curriculum or in our our school 5th grade has a unit on the Solar System. The kids had a blast printing their planets.

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Pumpkin Pie in Chalk-FALL ART PROJECT

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4TH GRADE PUMPKIN PIES IN CRAYOLA CHALK

This great Fall Art Project is all about creating a realistic drawing. I quizzed the 4th graders on what is needed in a drawing or painting to create the “illusion” that it’s real: shadows, tones or values, and a background. They’re only 4th grade, so I keep it pretty simple!

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Oil Pastel Rockets

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KINDERGARTEN SPACE ROCKETS IN OIL PASTEL

The Kindergartners love this project… Easy “Simple Shape” Drawing and a nice intro to oil pastel for the little ones.

                                    

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Chalk Still Life Lesson

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Here’s a simple still life with big impact! This is a 3rd Grade lesson this year. Years ago I only did just a single cup on a half sheet of paper, but these kiddos are awesome. We finished this in about 40 min.

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ART SUPPLY Must Haves for EVERY Art Teacher

CRAYOLA CONSTRUCTION PAPER CRAYONS 

A must have!!! I rarely use regular crayons. Crayola Construction Paper Crayons go on a bit thicker and the colors are beautiful.

I use these in 3 ways for my art lessons:

I have my full, organized sets. I pull these out when the full range of colors are needed, mostly only for the upper grades. I am a little crazy about making sure they stay full complete sets. I do not let them dump the crayons out on the table. They may only take out 1 at a time and they must give be back the full set with all of the colors in it at the end of class.  If any set is missing a color at the end of class I do not let it get mixed in with the rest. I replace the missing color from my bucket of whole crayons.

I have a bucket of whole crayons from past years incomplete sets. At the end of each semester I try to go through each crayon box, make sure all of the colors are there and pull out broken ones. Any incomplete sets I dump in to a bucket. That becomes my extra crayons to replace missing or broken crayons from my complete sets. I also use this if I need just a color or 2 for each student for a lesson. Then I don’t have to pull out my complete sets, especially for the lower grade levels.

And I have small broken pieces organized by warm & cool colors.

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All of my broken Construction Paper Crayons go into these two boxes, Warms & Cools. I use these ALL THE TIME. I put the colors I need in a little cup for each student or I put a handful on each table. They can be used like pastels, using the side to shade in large areas.

I order my class packs from BLICK ART MATERIALS

 

CRAYOLA WATERCOLOR PENCILS 

I am just as crazy about these watercolor pencils as I am the Construction Paper Crayons. I do not use colored pencils, ever! These are great for watercolor, coloring and shading and SO great on black paper! I prefer the 24 pack of colors, it gives such a great range of colors, but its not necessary. They’re great either way.

I am a stickler about keeping these super organized too. I have my

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4 buckets of colors: Warms, Cools, Primary Colors, and Brown, Black & Grey that are from past incomplete sets. I pull out all the white pencils, I only use them for a few projects on black paper.  I pull out colors we may need for a lesson or set the buckets out for them to grab the colors the want.

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I also use the buckets when I have my Full Sets out, so the students can replace a broken one during class. Which means NO SHARPENING PENCILS DURING CLASS!!! They put the broken pencil in the bucket, tip pointing down, and grab a new one of that color to put in their set. At the end of the day I know which ones in the buckets need to be sharpened and all of my sets are complete!

I order my class packs from Blick Art Materials

ROYAL LANGNICKEL BRUSHES

I do not use the generic school brushes. They’re awful!!! Way too flimsy for the kids to control. Royal Langnickel brushes are great for Watercolor and Acrylic. The assorted sizes are all that I need for every project through the school year. I usually only need to replace them every 2 years.

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My Top 6 Halloween Art Lessons for Lower Elementary Grades

Here are a few of my favorite Halloween Art Lessons for Kindergarten-4th Grade. Full step by step directions and supply lists are in each link.

All of these can be simplified or more complex to adjust to any grade level.

Enjoy!

MONSTER COLLAGE

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SPIDERS ON A WEB

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SPOOKY ROAD

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JACK O LANTERNS WITH SHADOWS

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WATERCOLOR SPOOKY SILHOUETTES

Halloween Art Lesson

PAINTED PUMPKINS

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Halloween Art- Pastel Skulls

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4th Grade Halloween Art- Pastel Skulls

This is my first project testing out Prang Pastels. It was messy but it was a fun way to introduce the pastels. These Pastel Sugar Skulls can easily be done with 3rd Grade -Middle School Grades.

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Charcoal Animal Drawings- Koalas and Pandas

 

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Koalas and Pandas- 4th & 5th Grade Charcoal Animal Drawings 

These 2 Art Lessons were a great intro into shading and controlling charcoal

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Panda Drawings- Charcoal Value Study

 

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Charcoal Value Study- 6th Grade Panda Drawings

I did this lesson over 2 weeks with my 6 Graders. This was the first lesson of the school year. Reviewing sketching, values & shading. The full body Panda Drawing  with the simple value scale was a pretty easy lesson. The second panda eating bamboo with a background was a perfect step up from that.

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