Art Schedule

Friday, January 23, 2015


First graders used Model Magic clay to create these wonderful snowmen faces. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Windy Hat Snowmen

First graders drew a scarf to begin their windy hat snowman. Then they added white paint, a flying away hat, buttons and a swirl of glitter.

It's windy out there!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Printed Poinsettias

Second graders created beautiful printed poinsettias before the holidays and here's how they did it. First they took soft chalk pastel and created an abstract colored background using the side of the chalk and then blended it with a tissue.

Next they used a brush and tempera paint to paint a few circles then used leaf shaped sponges to print their leaves here...


and here.

Overlapping, good composition and many colors were used to complete these beautiful pieces. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Happy New Year!

Tate Woods students have art work displayed in the Lisle School District board room for the month of January. It's a great way for our board and the community to see what we do in the art room and to showcase student work.

First grade work - Color Explosions and Cardinals on a Snowy Branch

Second grade work - Frosty Snowflakes, Picasso Inspired Guitars and Printmaking. 

To see all of the student work from these lessons, visit and enter Tate Woods in the school field. 


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Colored Prints

After printing with a brayer and printing ink, second graders cut out their prints, mounted them and colored the details with construction paper crayons. Beautiful!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


Second graders learned how to make prints in art this week.

They started with a burnishing tool and printing foam. They used the tool to draw a design into the foam which became their printing plate. The same thing can be done using the foam from a meat tray - washed well with the rim trimmed off  - and a dull pencil.

Next they gathered colored paper, a magazine for a clean working surface and a carrying tray for the finished prints.

We used a tray for the printing ink and a brayer to roll the ink onto the printing plate. 

Each student made 3 prints and had to manage a clean surface, good ink distribution and efficient clean up because that black ink was messy!

Here are some finished prints on the carrying tray. We will trim, mount and add color for our final product.