I am a 1-8th grade art teacher in Green Bay, WI. I have concocted some of these lessons or stolen them from other talented teachers. Enjoy!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Skateboard Building

Roarockit is a company from Toronto Canada that builds boards with students by hand, layer by layer. I got the chance to visit and see the Amazing students at Oasis Skateboard Factory School. Then, students in Green Bay got to build their own boards! It was a great experience, and one I hope to repeat this summer! I worked with the talented Adam Peters from Preble! Big Thank You to Trina Lambert, my principal for being so supportive!

Penguins in the Northern Lights

2/3 Graders watched a beautiful youtube video of the Northern Lights and painted a liquid watercolor background-we emphasized the wet-on-wet watercolor technique. Students could add pinches of salt for stars. The next class students created penguins, practicing cutting, gluing and creating characters! Great job!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Grand Canyon

4/5th Graders created these crayon drawings learning how to make these landscapes step-by-step. Found this idea while surfing the internet, sorry I can't give credit. It was a fun way for students to draw 3D.


Students in 2/3 Grade created Robot Paintings, (using a great handout from Pinterest) then went on to use recycled objects to create sculptures. This project would not have been successful, if I didn't have an amazing Mom who came in to help me! Rounding up recyclables, manning a hot glue gun, storing them (over 100 robots in the basement!!). It was an unforgettable project. Students even wrote stories in their classrooms about their Robots! It was a great way for everyone to feel successful and just build!!

Charley Harper Clay Birdbaths

I love "Clay in a Day" lessons for elementary. This was one of them. Simple pinch pot designs, relating to our previous lesson on Charley Harper. I enjoy doing 2D--then translating it to a 3D work of art. I think it is a good skill for students to be able to think this way.

Graffiti Words

Middle Schoolers learned a bit about the American art form of Graffiti! We used liquid watercolors, and lots of practice lettering to create our designs. Some students used spray paint in their backgrounds and stenciling.

Charley Harper Cardinals

2/3rd graders looked at the whimsical illustrations of Charley Harper. Students made their own Cardinal Illustration based on one of his works. We followed this up with a clay lesson, doing birds on a bird bath!