Category Archives for Diary of an art class

Beginning symmetry with vases and flowers (art class lesson 15 & 16)

As this first 16 week session of art classes draws to a close we ended with a multi step project that included beginning symmetry.(I will recap results of this class

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My proof that “How to Draw” lessons can often backfire (art class lessons 13 & 14)

This lesson took place over a few weeks but, for ease of following I am putting it all in this one post. This lesson has really proved an amazing point for me. I

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Gesture drawing for kids: Collaging the gestures and then some.. (art lessons 11& 12)

We started off lesson 11 painting the  paper mache  sculptures. We mixed up the tempera paint we had to get the closest shade to flesh tones and got the above shade.

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Aluminum foil sculptures, salt paintings and portfolio making (art lessons 9 & 10)

This post is a  combination of two of the art classes that I have been running with a group of first graders. I began lesson 9 with trying to show the children the

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Childrens Hanukkah Menorah Art (art lesson 8)

Since Chanukkah (Hanukkah) is this week, I thought it was a good idea to let the kids do a Chanukkah menorah art project instead of doing some of the other stuff we were doing. I learned some more about

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Mixed media art on landscapes while learning about foreground and background (art class lesson 7)

I learned a couple of things from this lesson. It was supposed to be a mixed media art project teaching about foreground, midground and background. (which is really

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Observational drawings painted in with watercolors (art class lesson 6)

Today I decided to try observational drawings with the girls. I collected a bunch of items from around my house as you see above and told the girls to each choose

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Using watercolors to create landscapes plus making grid drawings(art class lesson 5)

It turns out that some of the girls are having a hard time with some of the drawing exercises I have been giving them. To lighten things up I decided to start this week with a new way of using the watercolors

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Copying designs and beginning watercolors (art class lesson 4)

My quest to uncover the best way for children to copy what they are seeing continues. I started this class by giving them the sheet above. Each girl got her own sheet

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Is blind contour drawing too difficult for young children?(art class lesson 3)

One of the most important concepts in drawing is contour drawing. That is basically drawing the lines of the object onto your paper. A very popular pre activity to

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Finding shapes & lines in pictures (art class lesson 2)

So we are in our second of our art class. For explanation of what this class is all about see first class post. I had a few  goals for this class (which will be

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The beginning of a new art class

This past Sunday was the first of a new series of art classes that I am running in my home. One of my objectives with this art class is to put together a solid course

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