In this unit, the students researched abstract paintings and used poems to create images with texture, color and shapes related to their poems and inspired by their research.


Surrealism Project

(Hybrid and distance learning)

Sarah did some great editing here with overlay.

Claire is playing with scale.

Jordan was working with layers of time and memory.

Nic is transforming day into night.

Posters for a Cause

Unit 5 Social Justice Poster/poster for a cause

(Hybrid and distance learning)

In this unit, students researched a variety of social justice posters ranging from 1960s French student uprisings to contemporary global warming, feminist issues, human rights and immigration. After researching, they came up with sketches on their posters after making a list of ideas. They then created the final poster using emphasis and contrast.
























Digital and Drawn Self Portraits

Unit 4 Self Portraits

(Hybrid & Distance Learning)

In this unit, students made three self-portrait drawings about a cactus drawing, digital or printed selfie drawing and a drawing in a reflective surface that was not a mirror.  The cactus drawing was first developed through a set of bio questions about themselves to help generate ideas and symbols for their artwork.  The second drawing was based of a prompt where they chose a hero and someone they admired and explored selifies using the individual face, snapseed or adobe express photo app and then draw digitally on their phone or printed on paper and drew to make the connection between themselves and another person.  The reflection drawing was made in any surface they wanted such as spoons, computers, phones or other objects.  It had to use shading and could have used color.

Part i Cactus self portrait Drawing



part 2 hero inspired selfie drawing










Part 3 reflection drawings



Elements & Principles Scavenger Hunt

Unit 1 Elements & Principles Scavenger Hunt

(Hybrid & Distance LEarning)

The first unit in Drawing and Painting I was an Elements of Art & Principles of Design Scavenger Hunt where the students needed to find images of all these categories such as color, shape, unity, pattern, rhythm etc. They could take photos or look on the Internet.   This was a great way to build a common vocabulary to start the beginning of the trimester.


Periodic Table Characters (Drawing & Watercolor)

Units 2 & 3 – Periodic table character generation

(Drawing and Watercolor Painting)

(Hybrid & Distance Learning)

This is a three part unit where  students created a character from the periodic table, made a watercolor background as a setting and wrote a story or made an animation about their persona.  They filled out a series of questions about their character, chose to sketch their character realistically or with cartooning and explored mark making and shading in order to arrive at two final drawings that applied these ideas.  They had access to cartoon handouts, websites and figure drawing poses on the Internet as helpers. This lesson encouraged lateral thinking and personification as well as storytelling.

Milah used carbon for her element and explored diamonds and hairstyles.

Gwen’s sketches are playful renderings of her character.

Ava explored the element of antimony with a character with two personality sides.

They practiced shading by observing objects in order to understand and apply shading to their characters.

watercolor Character Settings

Students practiced their watercolor techniques in a grid by watching a video I made.


Grace’s character setting was in Australia.


Some students chose to put their character inside their watercolor as one option I gave them.








Collaborative Art Games–4th Grade

Group art games: Color Mixing, task box, musical chairs painting & art observation

Fourth graders participated in a unit of four classes on collaborative art games.  The first of these was color mixing using color chips I painted and gave to them so they could make that color on teams.  They chose the teammate closest to the paint chip to try to go for the class win. I showed them tertiary colors on the color wheel and how to mix them, but I left a lot up to them to discover exactly how to do this.

color mixing game






musical chairs painting

The second game was musical chairs painting, but instead of taking a chair away, we left all chairs in the room and when the music started they walked or danced around until it stopped, and then found a seat other than their own.  Finally, during the last round they returned to their seats to use the Element of Art of unity to complete and resolve their work.

Initial student completes the work






Completed Examples

I asked them to write down how they used unity in their final pieces as a way to asses them.






Task box

The students watched a video on Oliver Herring, a social practice artist, who designs task parties around the world.  Each participant places a task in a box for someone else to blindly choose and interpret for a piece of art.  When the person is done with the task, they put another task back in to keep it moving.  In our class, fourth graders wrote tasks involving painting and drawing for their peers and had a great time!

Examples of tasks the kids wrote

One girl made herself small in a garden

One student asked another to draw Thailand

This student was instructed to draw their biggest fear.








Art Observation game

The final round of games involved art observation by having one student from each team hide a piece of art from their peers and try to describe it to them.  The other students would try to draw or paint an image of the description.  The person closest to the original image would be chosen by the team and then go to the final round where I had them vote on the winner.




















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Sketchbook Mania–5th Grade

Paste paper Sketchbook Design & collaborative idea generation

In this unit, fifth graders mixed colors and created their own fancy paste papers to use as sketchbook covers that they added to handmade books.  After they assembled their books, they came up with ideas to sketch as a team or they could use my ideas provided as scaffolding.  Many chose to do cartooning so we watched videos and I gave them handouts.










Making the sketchbooks

Example Sketches



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Mosiac Storytelling–3rd Grade

Mosaics can tell a story

Third grade explored how mosaics tell stories through art history such as ones found in Pompeii.  They focused on detail and value in making their paste paper and its application on the mosaic.  After viewing the slides, they drew a plan of their story on white paper and then transferred it to a color of their choice on construction paper.

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Exploring Nature in Printmaking–2nd Grade

Block printing with vegetables

Second grade created prints in a unit on block printing and monoprinting with everyday materials found in their communities from the natural world.  They first tried block printing in tempera paint with onions, celery, green peppers and carrots.  They were working on getting movement into their piece as an Element of Art.




This 2nd grader figured out how to make rainbows with onions.

Contour line to prep for monoprinting on foam





The kids drew a contour line after I explained that they should imagine themselves as an ant walking around the outside.  Then they cut out their drawing and traced it on the foam in pencil to indent it.

Foam Plates

They added the leaf veins on the foam using observational drawing and then used markers to ink their plate and print on a damp paper.









Block printing their leaf plate with tempera paint

Students then applied tempera paint with a brush to their plates and stamped their leaf on the paper.




















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