Watercolor Resist

One of my favorite things to teach my students is the concept of “watercolor resist”. Crayons, as it’s made from wax, will repel watercolor paint. Using white or lighter colored crayons first to draw, then painting over it with a darker shade using watercolors will really make the drawing pop! I always encourage mixing media;…

Semiprecious Stone Bracelets

Pictured below are my new earth-toned styles including genuine semiprecious stones (tiger eye, quartz, turquoise, agate, onyx, freshwater pearls) and lava rock. These bracelets come in both adult and kid sizes and look awesome layered! Please follow @joanneleeart on Instagram  and message me for more info/orders

Mix it Up!

Today I came across a GREAT book for kids that combines art and literacy. Using stimulating and simple visuals, the author makes it super easy for children to learn about mixing colors. It’s a fun way for kids to learn about this confusing concept that two colors can indeed, make another awesome color! After reading,…

Eco-Crayons

I got my son Jack these Eco-crayon sticks (by Eco-Kids) made out of natural beeswax, and he colors with them daily. These crayons glide on so smoothly and come in pastels as well as vibrant colors. 100% pure beeswax, 100% natural soywax, and completely non-toxic! I always try to find products that are better for…

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 “devoted 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!