E Book Giveaway!

A collage of inspiration

I was recently chatting with my friend Lucille who lives and teaches in Tokyo. She is a music teacher and I guess due to cut backs at her school, was given the ‘Art Teacher’ position on top of her other duties. She was very thankful that she could turn to my blog and e-books for inspiration. This conversation made me realize how powerful internet and blogging really is and the positive impact it can have on others all over the world. Lucille’s and all the other wonderful comments, I receive here at Art Lessons For Kids from people all over the world make this effort to blog so worth while. Knowing that my ideas can help fellow instructors in some way lessen their planning load puts a HUGE smile on my face.

We all know that back to school planning can be a little overwhelming as we are trying to get back into the groove of things, right? I am still trying to avoid it! :) I also know that many of you out there including first year teachers, home school parents and anyone teaching art to young children could use a little help now. I want to make your life a little easier!

I will be giving away a copy of one my downloadable e-book  tutorials. To enter, leave a comment on this post by midnight Tuesday, August 23. Be sure to have a link to Art Lessons for Kids on your blog or website to be eligible. I will announce the winner on Wednesday, August 25. The winner will get to choose the e-book of their choice!

Have a great year of teaching and please send me some of your planning vibes so I can get started too!

Recycled Cardboard Robots in Grade Two

I thought I would share these gorgeous robots my grade twos created using recycled cardboard and junky stuff they collected from home. I saw this idea on one of the many fabulous art blogs I check out but I can’t remember at this moment which blog it was. As soon as I do I will add it to this post.

Kids love making robots and these certainly turned out colorful and unique! I love the painted backgrounds. What do you think?

Chagall Inspired Dreaming in Grade Two

Back by popular demand, I decided to do the Chagall inspired dreaming project again with my second grade class this year. This time the kids did their drawings on 12×18 paper which meant more space!  To see the lesson outline for this project you can go here to read my old post.

It’s amazing how kids love to talk about their dreams. Even better when they are given the chance to illustrate some of their dreams.

Everyone had fun and these turned out quite lovely, don’t you think?

Awesome Triaramas in Grade Three

Grade three just finished making their triaramas. I love doing these because they are so versatile and adaptable to any theme or lesson you teach.

For these, the students had to recreate their favorite room in their house. The instructions are quite simple. Give each student a square paper. They fold it in half and trace over the line. They turn it to look like a diamond shape and cut a line up to the fold line.  For detailed direction you can go here.

The top triangle is for the background. They can also add details to one of the bottom cut sections as long as it is the visible one as the other will be folded under and pasted to give the triarama shape.

Finally with recycled paper they can add details that will be ‘standing’ and will become the foreground and will bring their triarama to life! Let their imagination go wild and have lots of fun.

Isn’t this cute? I love the flower pot!

Cardboard Collages in Kinder

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End of year means you have a lot of excess cardboard lying around  so what better way to use it then by doing a lesson on collage!

I cut up a bunch of cardboard into different sizes and put them in trays for kids to choose freely. Each child was given a larger cardboard where their creations would be glued.

They ‘planned’ their ideas and placed pieces all around and ‘layered’ other pieces. They don’t need to make a picture but to just to have fun arranging the cardboard pieces to make an ‘abstract’ work of art. Of course some ended up making a picture which was Ok too.

The kids really enjoyed this and were ready to glue each piece. This was tricky because they had to move the pieces around , glue and remember where everything went. This was a great opportunity for them to be patient, and to really think about what they were doing.

Finally when everything was glued and dry they painted they work. Make sure the students paint two layers and are careful to paint around the pieces. Some experimented with splattering paint and the effect was great.

Didn’t these come out beautiful?