I love the designs students were able to create for their tessellations!  Each student began with a square piece of paper and by cutting out a shape and taping it to the opposite side, look at the variety of designs students were able to create.

Students used a crayon to outline the template they created, then used watercolors to fill in the design.  Students could also use salt or rubbing alcohol with their watercolors to add texture to their color.

Kinder Flowers

Happy Spring! This kindergarten class worked on gluing a mosaic vase, then drew and painted flowers.  I saw this project initially on this blog and it was a big success with students. I was impressed with the care students took in painting their flowers.  A few students even practiced overlapping by drawing stems that went behind the foremost flowers.



Pinch Pots and Necklaces

Ten classes made Mother’s Day pendants from clay.  This group was a mix of 1st, 2nd and 5th grade students.  This was a nice first introduction to clay for most of these students.  They used a variety of tools to stamp a texture onto their pendant. I noticed the younger students were more content with abstract designs as compared to the 5th grade students.  Many of the older artists want to add words or draw something in the clay, even if their image wasn’t recognizable.

Once the clay dried, students used glaze to paint their pieces.  I’m hoping to see many moms, grandmas or aunts in our community wearing these creations 🙂

Four different classes made pinch pots for Mother’s day.  This was also the first time many of these students used clay.  I’m looking forward to the next clay projects in the coming years with these students so we can continue to build on their clay skills.

Paper Mache Animals

Paper mache is pretty much amazing because you can create any form.  Students were asked to create the head of either a real or imaginary animal.  Students created every aspect of these animals; they started with newspaper, cardboard and tape and were able to create an impressive range of creatures.

Matisse Goldfish

Based on Matisse’s The Goldfish painting, this third grade class used oil pastels and watercolors to create their own version with patterned walls.  This was a great project to talk about space as an element of art and explore the resist method of watercoloring.  The varied patterns created interesting textures and paired wonderfully with the  watercolors.  Students were proud of their vibrant artwork!

The Goldfish


While studying ladybugs, this first grade class painted a ladybug on canvas!  On the first day, students painted the background with green and yellow.  Then we worked on the ladybug, painting circles and lines to create the image. Students were proud of their creations and loved being able to use paint.





This 5th grade class used inspiration from Rex Ray and Henri Matisse to create their own multi media collages.  Using painted paper, retired book pages, and cardstock students cut out shapes to later arrange on their cardboard background.  I was so impressed by their compositions!

Angles, Triangles, & Polygons oh my!

These beautiful, complex and elementary artworks are such a surprise in their sophisticated humility.  Maybe that’s a little dramatic or doesn’t make sense, but how can simply drawing triangles and painting the created shapes look so cool?! Triangles were drawn with crayon to resist the watercolors and students had fun picking colors to outline and fill their shapes.