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…

Chihuly’s Ikebana Sculpture

3rd grade Visual Art Chihuly’s Ikebana Sculpture Third grade learned about world-famous American glass artist Dale Chihuly. They made their own version of his Ikebana sculpture series using recycled water bottles! They learned the art technique of decoupage and coated the bottles with warm or cool color tissue paper. The Ikebana series is inspired by…

Where the Wild Things Are

This lesson turned out to be possibly my favorite thing I have done with my students. It was the first lesson I did after coming back after maternity leave and it took months but it ended up being totally worth it. Each monster that the kids imagined came out so creative and unique. I did…

Royal Pooches

3rd Grade Royal Pooches This is a project I did with 3rd grade and some 4th and 5th graders. It is based on a Deep Space Sparkle lesson that I adapted for watercolor/oil pastel resist. At the beginning of my lesson I showed the students how to draw several breeds of dogs and then I gave…

Charlie Harper Cardinals

A twist on traditional cardinals, students viewed Charley Harper’s highly stylized animal illustrations for inspiration. INTRO: Use the document camera to show students pages from Charlie Harper ABC’s and 123’s books. Focus on the pages with birds. After viewing several works by Charley Harper ask students  to describe his style (bold, simple, colorful, and whimsical.)…