Monday, September 30, 2013

Bird's Eye View Landscape Paintings With Images From Google Earth

I came across this fantastic art lesson at my daughter's school and I had to share it with you.
It is a fun and modern twist on the tradition "bird's eye view" painting lesson.
They combined technology (by using computers and Google Earth) 
with a traditional painting lesson in the art classroom.  

The students started their lesson by learning how to "fly over" locations
 that had special meaning to them using Google Earth in the computer lab. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Preschool Art: Cotton Ball Easel Painting Inspired By The Book Mouse Paint

I found these photos and realized I never shared this sweet little activity with you.
I can't believe how little my sweet "C" is in these pictures. 
She was 4 years old and still in preschool when I took them, 
now she's 6 and starting first grade -- time sure does fly! 
"C" checked out the book "Mouse Paint" by Ellen Stoll Walsh from our local library. 
She loved the way the white mice got into the primary colored paint and mixed colors.

We set up our own "mouse" painting station with cotton balls,
a paper plate and red, yellow, and blue washable paint. 
I will warn you that we use a LOT of cotton balls for this activity.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Simple Shape Collages For Children Inspired by Children's Books

This is a classic children's art lesson to incorporate art and literature 
for preschool and kindergarten aged children.
 It will also improve those fine motor skills with cutting, gluing, and drawing practice
while getting those active imaginations flowing! 

I like to start this lesson by reading some books to my students about
how ordinary shapes like circles, squares, and triangles can be used to make pictures.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sewing With Kids: Cross-Stitched Portrait Gift

My oldest daughter, "E" has been learning how to cross-stitch. 
She really enjoys it and likes to sit with it as a way to unwind. 
She also enjoys knitting but that's something she does on her own because I don't know how to knit! 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Robert Lobe Inspired Aluminum Foil Tree Sculptures

I introduced my 4th grade students to contemporary artist, Robert Lobe this year.
He is an American Post-Minimalist sculptor who is best known for his cast metal, repousse trees. 
His work is very large scale. Since we have our art class in a trailer, 
we worked in a much smaller format!


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