Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Step-by-Step Drawing

This site offers step-by step instructions on how to draw children loved characters and animals. A great way to begin practicing drawing skills. Check it out! DRAW & COLOR

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Cool Site

This site was designed to allow students to explore the principles and elements of art:

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Crazy Pumpkin Designs

We are going to paint paper plates using what we have learned about color. What two colors from the color wheel combine to make orange? Thats right! Yellow and red make orange. Students will paint paper plates and then use construction paper to design crazy pumpkins. The outcome should be a variety of unique pumpkin faces. Project inspired by adorable idea below:

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Elements of Art

There are seven main elements of art:
& Color

We are going to learn about each of these elements and create a booklet displaying our new understanding. The Elements of Art should guide student thinking and open their minds to new ideas as art projects are completed both in and outside of class.

For more information view: WIKIPEDIA

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Marbled Paper

Although it is a messy activity, we're going to try and make marbled paper in class. Here is my at home attempt and a LINK for step-by-step instructions. 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Leaf Rubbings

We're going to explore leaf rubbings to learn about texture and play with color. I am excited to gather leaves with my students and do a variety of types of rubbings. Below are some fun examples and a LINK for step-by-step directions.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


After teaching students about the color wheel, I want to try this line-design project. Students can explore different color combinations in their design. Directions for the project can be found at the link below. Pretty cool huh?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Color Wheel

Primary Colors
The primary colors are the foundation of the color wheel. They cannot be created, no matter how many different color combinations you try. They are red, blue, and yellow. 
Secondary Colors
Secondary colors are those you get when mixing two of the primary colors. Red and yellow make orange. Yellow and blue make green. Blue and red make purple. 
Complimentary Colors
Complimentary colors are those opposite one another  on the color wheel. Red & Green, Purple & Yellow, and Blue & Orange are all complimentary color combinations that "compliment" one another. 
Warm Vs. Cool Colors
The basic warm colors are red, yellow, and orange. The basic cool colors are blue, purple and green. Neutral colors are black, brown, white, and grey. HERE you will find a video tutorial for a cool project to explore these color combinations.

Monday, September 19, 2011


When glue and Borax are mixed, a chemical change takes place. Blobber, a silly putty type substance, is formed. In class we will create Blobber using the recipe below:

Additional Information:

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Physical & Chemical Changes

Changes are all around us. A chemical change produces something new. A physical change does not produce something new.

Use the following links to learn more:


Physical Vs. Chemical Games:
Super Soccer
Want to be a Billionaire? 

Quiz your knowledge

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

You Scream, I Scream, We all Scream for...


When making ice-cream in a baggie, a physical change takes place. No new substance is really formed. The ingredients are all still there! Use the link below to make your own ice-cream concoction. In class we used whole milk which turned out a little runny. Try Half & Hhalf and see if you observe any differences.

Ice-Cream in a Baggie
Video Tutorial