What is Your Form of Expression?

I find¬†Improvisation 27 (Garden of Love II) by Wassily Kandinsky to be influential. His expression is so organic and free with bold colors and energetic lines in this painting. Kandinsky has written that music is the best teacher of all the arts, because it has ‚Äúdevoted itself not to the reproduction of natural phenomena, but…

Art Haiku

I’ve mentioned previously how much I love the integration of art and literacy. This is a fun, educational project for both children and adults. 1) First, create a haiku. What is a haiku? The haiku originated in Japan and is a verse written in three lines. The haiku does not rhyme. Instead, the haiku sets…

Sponge Printmaking

After viewing Claude Monet’s beautiful French Impressionist paintings, I decided to create a lesson inspired by him. This week, my students will be using sponges to create their own landscape prints. Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies by Claude Monet As you can see, Monet’s paintings are very textured. My students will create the…

Georgia O’ Keeffe and the Color Wheel

This week my students learned about the colors on the color wheel. Cool colors include blue and purple, while warm colors include red, orange and brown. For my younger students, I had pre-drawn a single large flower on 2 different sheets of paper (I was inspired by artist Georgia O’ Keeffe!). For one flower, they…

Collaging for All Ages

Collage is one of my favorite forms of art. A two-year old can have fun with it, as could a 85 year old. Below is a collage created by a talented four-year old student. After an outline of the fish was pre-drawn by me, my student ripped up magazine papers to little pieces and glued…

Photo Session!

This is a fun project for you and your kids: Pick up a ready-made frame without a painting in it, and set up an at-home photo session! You can get creative by using props such as artists’ berets, paintbrushes, palettes, and more!

“Giving” Thanksgiving Projects

Last Thanksgiving, my students were given a lesson on the importance of giving and helping others. They created place mats made from strips of colorful construction paper, simply using the weaving technique. After gluing the strips together, the students used crayons to draw turkeys, cornucopias, pilgrims, etc. on each of the squares created. These place…

Happy Halloween!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! It’s not too late to host a Halloween themed party or set up a Halloween themed lesson for your child! Pumpkins will be provided for your child to paint his/her own little ghouls on them.

Arts Education: How important is it?

The link below brings you to a great article on why the arts can be essential for everyone. I completely agree with Horne, who says in this article, “When you think about the purposes of education, there are three. We’re preparing kids for jobs. We’re preparing them to be citizens. And we’re teaching them to…

Integrating Music and Art

My last post was on the integration of art and literacy. I had explained that I love the combination of the two subjects, but I also love the combinations of other subjects as well….and music is a BIG one! “Go in and Out the Window: An Illustrated Songbook for Young People” by Dan Fox is…