Spanish Tile Prints

ABOUT SPANISH TILESIn Spain they have a long tradition of creating beautiful ceramic tiles. Ceramics have been a part of Spanish history for a long time, but when colored glaze was introduced in Spain, the Spaniards really took ceramic tiles to a level of artistic beauty with bold designs and colorful patterns. Today, Spanish tiles…

Ferdinand the Bull

Do you know the sweet story of Ferdinand the Bull? The book Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson has been on children’s bookshelves for over 80 years. This art lesson features the Spanish bull Ferdinand, who is content to smell the flowers rather than fight the matadors. We created these collages for…

Gaudi Spanish Mosaic

ABOUT THE ARTISTAntoni Gaudí is a Spanish architect who was well known for his whimsical, detailed approach to buildings and outdoor spaces, many in Barcelona, Spain. Parc Güell is an outdoor park space in Barcelona filled with colorful mosaics. Gaudí was very focused on details and decorated every surface of his buildings, including the ceilings,…

Cubist Spanish Guitars

ABOUT THE ARTISTJuan Gris was born in 1887 in Madrid. He studied engineering in college. His mathematical background influenced his art heavily in the angular lines and shapes that he used. Gris moved to Paris as a young man and worked alongside artists like Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, and Henri Matisse. Though he was considered…

2019-2020 Classroom Rules and Routines

I believe part of being a great educator is creating an environment where students are encouraged to explore, tap into their intuitive creativity, and grow in their skills and knowledge. I want my students to learn that they can use art to communicate their thoughts and ideas in a visual way. I like to start…

Tula Pink Quilt

Well I have been much more active the past few years on Instagram at Fanciful Art Room rather than my blog but since we are starting a new school year I thought it was a good time to return to much much neglected blog because talking about art is my favorite thing to talk about!…

End of the Year Origami

I needed a short lesson to do with my students on the last day that I had students for the year. I wanted something that used few supplies and created little mess since I was already packing up one of my two classrooms. Origami was a perfect solution! I don’t have tons of experience with…

Art Centers

Instructions for Art Centers Art centers are a great chance for students to explore techniques and supplies that I have taught them while giving them control of personal choice on subject matter. Students of every grade love to do this. I can use this as an assessment tool as well be observing how well the…

Brazilian Parrot Bottle Cap Mural

Here is a time-lapse video I took of k-5 students building our bottle cap mural mural. One of my school’s field day was themed for the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio. To honor the Rio Olympics I thought it would be cool for the whole school to build a collaborative mosaic mural of a Brazilian…

Sea Turtles

3rd Grade Visual Art Sea Turtles Third grade started this lesson by reading “I’m the Best Artist in the Ocean” and noticed all the different styles the giant squid in the book could draw. Then we created our background by using the wet-on-wet watercolor technique. Then we did a salt technique where we sprinkled salt…