Art Schedule

Monday, September 26, 2016


If there is one word I would use to tell parents about what kids want in the art room it would be paper. Kids want paper - any kind of paper - xerox paper, envelopes, post it notes, newspaper, note cards - they will take any kind of paper and use what they have to create art. 

I have scraps of colored paper left over from lessons and they will take that paper and create the most amazing things when they have extra time in the art room - hats, paper cell phones, caves, animals, houses and just plain coloring and drawing - they love it. You don't have to spend a lot of money to provide hours of creativity for your child - paper, scissors, glue stick and crayons - they will take it from there. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Starry Night Complete

Last week students finished their Starry Night paintings with a town, a tree and a sprinkle of glitter. 


Monday, September 12, 2016

Starry Night

A classic! Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh created by the second graders of Tate Woods. Chalk, paint, oil pastel, makers, colored pencils and best of all - GLITTER! Many steps to this lesson and lots of learning. Here is the beginning - paint.

Next drawing, coloring, cutting, creating.

Not done yet. Final touches next week.

Lots of Lines

First graders met Mr. Dot. He's a friendly guy who lives in the art room and moves around from place to place each week.  He's also pretty good at teaching first graders how to make many kinds of lines.

Mr. Dot went for a walk on his paper zig zagging, jumping and skipping. As he walked along he showed students how to make lots of different kinds of lines. They used sharpies to draw their lines and used paint to complete their work.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Lisle Lions in the Board Room

The art teachers in our district take turns each month hanging art in the Lisle School District board room. Tate Woods has September and January. Here are second grade Lisle Lions for September

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Hundreds of Smiles

We began the school year at Tate Woods with the book "A Girl with a Cape" written by Amy Logan. It's a book about kindness and how we all can make someone else's day better by using kind words.

Students at Tate Woods created a smiling monochromatic selfie (now that's a big art word!) creating a wall with hundreds of smiles to greet our visitors. 

Students learned how to draw a portrait.

They used a small format - 4"x4".

They colored in one color.

And our selfies are displayed in color wheel order - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple.

Everyone in the building had an opportunity to create a portrait.

And the smiles help to remind us to be kind to everyone.

Hundreds of Smiles 
(and there's room to add more because you can never have too many smiles)

Friday, August 26, 2016

Art Around the World

Artwork from Tate Woods school travelled around the world with second grade student Zohaib and his brother third grade student Shoaib. They went to London and Pakistan to visit family and while there hosted an art show of their work.

Shoaib holding his painting Starry Night

Zoahib holding his painting of Winter Trees and Shoaib holding his painting of Sea Life

Thank you for sharing this great experience with us and for taking student art around the world!