Art Schedule

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Winter Landscape

My littlest students learned about landscapes, painting, big and small and coloring.

Pre-k and early childhood students began with simple shapes to draw a house ...

...then painted white snow. 

Next they used 3 dots to paint a big triangle pine tree in the foreground. 

Then they used 3 dots to paint a smaller triangle pine tree on the horizon line. 

They finished with a snowy background. 

A beautiful frosty landscape created by 3 to 5 year old artists. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Board Room Display

Tate Woods school displays student art work at our district board room for the month of January. Here is the current display - Snowflakes, snowmen having fun, frosty pine trees and printed poinsettias.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Picasso Inspired Collages

Second graders looked at the collage work of Pablo Picasso and used a guitar or other stringed instrument of their choice as a focal point for their collage.

They started by tearing or cutting xerox copies of music into shapes to make a stencil, added chalk pastel on top and rubbed the chalk with a tissue to create a soft, colorful background.

Next they glued their stencils in a random pattern and added musical notes with a sharpie.

They looked at a guitar to see all of the parts they needed to cut out of paper...

... and it all came together in a lively, colorful and musical collage. 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Op Art

Second graders learned about Op Art. They practiced using a ruler to draw a pattern of lines.

They picked a color palette using 4 colors.

Using the same color palette, they made a grid with a shape and colored an A/B pattern ...

... and attached it to the background.

A beautiful stack of Op Art.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Family Reading Night

It was a pleasure to see you and say hello at the family reading night on Thursday. We enjoyed seeing the monochromatic selfies some of you made to add to our hundreds of smiles.

If you didn't get a curriculum sheet, here is what your child will be learning in art this year.

And if you have not signed up for artsonia the online student art museum, it's not too late! Send me an email ( and I will send you the parent code. 

It's easy to sign up. Go to click on parent, enter the code from me, put in your email address, grant permission and that's it! As soon as you grant permission, you will get an email each time I post your child's art. It's fun to see their artwork and fun to share with your family and friends. Hope you sign up today!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Clay Pumpkins

First graders used their knowledge of color mixing to create fall pumpkins with Model Magic clay using only red, blue and yellow.

The clay does an amazing job of showing the transformation of color and the excitement in the art room was high when students saw orange emerge from mixing yellow and red and green emerge from mixing green and blue.

They created 2 pinch pots, one for the bottom and one for the lid, used green for the stem and made snail and turtle friends with the left over green.

When dry, the little pumpkin will go inside hidden by the lid.
Mixing colors, pinch pots, coils and hand building - lots of learning in this lesson.

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.