Loraine, a retired volunteer elementary art teacher, shares art projects, favorite art blogs, and ideas on how to create art projects.
Elementary Art Class Help
Elementary art blogs can be a great resource for busy teachers, trying to accomplish all the tasks set before them. Finding great elementary art blogs, that assist them with their art classes, makes life for the teacher a little less stressful.
I will be sharing with you ideas for elementary art classes via elementary art blogs that I have found to be very helpful and inspiring.
Each of these blogs have many art projects that are perfect for use in the classroom. Be sure to bookmark the blogs for quick reference.
You'll find the instructions for the art shown above, and many other art projects, at Mrs. Knight's Smartest Artists.
Freedom of Expression
Rules and correct answers are important when teaching math, science and English, but with art sometimes the rules need to be broken as a way to convey the art’s message.
Teachers, who love children and art, even if they are not artists themselves, give their students the tools and confidence to try different art venues. A child, given permission to freely express themselves through art, is a contented child who gains confidence in all that he undertakes.
Helpful Art Blogs
Teachers of art with elementary art blogs strive to help other teachers by posting art lessons on their blogs.The art blogs that I most enjoy are the ones that seem to share my view on teaching art to elementary school children.
In this article I will be sharing with you my list of what I consider to be the best elementary art and crafts blogs...the ones most helpful to teachers and home school teachers.
Give Students Confidence
Most children will not grow up to be great artists, but every child needs the opportunity to express themselves with shapes and color.
Elementary art teachers try to give their students direction and basic knowledge about the different forms of art and the different mediums used in art.
The teachers don't want to see frustrated children, trying without success, to make perfect copies of the art they see.
You will find the instructions for the project shown above at Art Projects For Kids. You'll want to check out other art projects on the blog also.
Optical Illusion Op Art
I just love the examples of op art included with this lesson. Although this project is aimed at older art students, this blog has many elementary projects also.
Becca Ruth teaches high school art and on her blog explains her process of preparing the students, through examples and power point presentation, to do this optical illusion op art. You'll want to visit her blog, That Little Art Teacher, for this and other art projects.
I am so impressed with the "Zentangle Hands" project on the Fun Art 4 Kids blog. Lori, the author of the blog, takes the Zentangle craze into her classroom and gives her 6th grade art students an opportunity to create unique patterns inside a tracing of their hand.
The class viewed internet videos of Zentangle art before deciding to use the hand as the platform for this project. Lori encouraged her students to use closely spaced lines to achieve light and dark areas. She also provided the students with copies of Zentangle art to provide them with ideas.
One of my favorite projects on the In The Art Room art blog is called "Tree Weaving with Third Grade." Cassie Stephens, the author of the blog, does a terrific tutorial on how to first draw and then paint a beautiful landscape on a paper plate, which becomes a loom for tree weaving. This lesson focuses on showing depth: fore, middle and background.
Cassie's tutorial takes you step-by-step through making the paper plate loom, painting the pastoral landscape and weaving the tree. This is truly an outstanding project that has to give the students a lot of satisfaction when completed.
For the landscape painting and to see pictures of the weaving process go to the "Tree Weaving with Third Grade" project at In The Art Room. Check out all her great art projects.
Painting With Marbles
Magnetic Paintings...Inspired by James Rizzi
Kristyn, author of the elementary art blog, Her Dabbles, has a 3rd or 4th grade project, "Magnetic Paintings...Inspired by James Rizzi" that takes the James Rizzi lesson to a new level.
She makes this an interactive art project by having the students draw and paint a Rizzi-type background, then drew accessories, cut them out and attach a magnet to the back. This allows them to position and re-position the pieces to the background.I think there is a magnetic paint that could be used to prime the background poster board before the students paint their backgrounds, that would make the magnets on the backs of the accessories hold better.
This is a super cute idea, one that I can imagine using to make gifts for little kids.Kristyn and her students were privileged to have interviewed James Rizzi on Skype. Sadly, Mr Rizzi died of heart problems on December 26, 2011. I'm sure that Kristyn and her students will always remember and appreciate the awesome memories that they have experienced getting to know James Rizzi first hand.
To see more of Kristyn's inspiring art projects, go to her homepage at Her Dabbles.
All of Gail's projects on her blog, "that artist woman" are worth featuring, but since I only have room for one, I've chosen her "Painted Fish" project. Individually these are beautiful, but when they are all placed on a sea-like paper covered wall, they are outstanding. She has done this project with Kindergarten students, noting that the large size helps with motor skills and scissors skills development.
Gail first had the students paint paper with liquid tempera paints. She made large, tropical fish templates from cardboard and the students traced a fish shape onto the back of the paper they had painted. Then, using smaller brushes and using reference photos, they painted in the finer details. The eyes of the fish were made by tracing a large circle onto white paper and a smaller circle on black, cutting them out and gluing them to their fish. For all the directions and a supplies list for the project, go to the "Painted Fish" page.
You'll surely want to check out all the many great projects Gail has on her blog, by visiting her homepage at "that artist woman."
I'm including my elementary art and crafts blog, Kids & Glitter in my list of art blogs because I think my blog also has some useful and fun projects for the students. The project that I am sharing is called "Reptile Camouflage" and is always a favorite of the students.
On the project page there is a coloring page address that has images of reptiles to help the students draw their reptile picture.On one sheet of black construction paper, the background, the student draws a network of lines with white chalk. The student chooses four or five oil pastel colors to color the spaces drawn. No two touching spaces should be the same color. When the spaces are all filled with color, the white chalk lines should be traced over with a white oil pastel.
On the second sheet of black paper, the student draws a large reptile with white chalk, makes a network of lines inside the reptile, colors the spaces using the same oil pastel colors as used in the background and traces over the chalk lines with white oil pastel. The reptile is then cut out and glued on the background with small accordion pleated strips between the two.
For the supplies list and the directions, go to the "Reptile Camouflage" page. More art projects can be found at Kids & Glitter.
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© 2012 Loraine Brummer
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Dena Lester from Melbourne on October 15, 2014:
Appreciating your thoughts, teaching to kids in early age with basics of art skills results as a great creative person. Basic art classes with fun for children show their advanced ideas.
Stephen Bush from Ohio on September 12, 2012:
There can never be too much art at any age. You have provided a very appealing treatment.
jarajelissa on September 11, 2012:
Great activities here for kids.
aliciamaggie54 on September 08, 2012:
I love art and creativity. Good ideas:)