Picasso Guitar

Music and Cubism
Two part project-drawing and collage.
We looked at a real guitar and also prints of Picasso's musical work both paintings and collage/assemblage.
What is the shape of a guitar? Placing torn paper in
interesting ways on the picture surface. How to you create an interesting and energized composition?

Shaving Cream Watercolor Painting

Our soft multi-colored umbrellas were created by painting with shaving cream and liquid watercolors. The polka dot background was made using bingo dabbers in a variety of colors (Thank you Dollar Tree). We took photos of the students waving a ruler in the air and then assembled all the pieces into a wonderful magic end of school take home picture! I really like the rainbow candy canes as the handle.

Abstract drawing and watercolor

Inspired by the geometric, electric, abstract paintings of artist Sonia Delaunay. This project works with shapes, color, geometry and lots of lines. Good project to help students become more comfortable using
a ruler and understanding line direction.


Zebra stripes

Finished Zebra 
Exploring materials, the strips were painted on large sheets of white paper using Tempera paint and expired plastic Starbuck gift cards. Blue sky background were painted week earlier.

We used old gift cards and paint to drag print the stripes

Abstract clouds and Penguins

2 parts...drawing with glue and adding color with chalk pastels
1 part...using the rectangle pattern and following a series of direct drawing instruction students designed their own penguin.

Loud Lion

Loud Rectangle Lion. Inspired by the graphic design  work of Ed Emberley. We used a cardboard rectangle as a pattern to create the head shape.

Pop Gothic

Grant Wood's American Gothic meets Andy Warhol's pop printmaking colors...the result fantastic!

Do you want to build a snowman ?

Sculpture project with white air dry clay. Small, Medium and Large balls, buttons for details.

Exploring Color with Paint

Red and yellow, green, black and gold, blue and white...lots of hands on messy fun and smiles.

Perspective drawing

My dream room, creating a boxlike room and using collage and or drawing to fill it with dream objects

Koi fish Collage

Koi fish collage builds on drawing knowledge expressed in a 3 D collage format.

Koi fish drawing

Koi fish  drawing-Direct drawing project with table handouts and worksheets

Charcoal sketching

Developing an understanding of how to draw a realistic human face one part at time.

City in a distance

One point perspective, skill building, expanding vocabulary, exploring new material combinations...

Weber Town II building the City

3-D sculptures-What is a City?

Recycle Cherry Blossoms

It is blossom time here in Sacramento the perfect time for this great hands on painting/stamping activity. Connecting to Science Standards of plant growth cycles and revisiting seasons/weather we look at tree images in art that reflected a variety of styles and seasons (Impressionistic-Realistic). What is a blossom.

Hands on process. Large white paper with names-I modeled each step.
Using blank/expired Starbucks cards and black tempera paint students made branch marks on white paper working from a long diagonal line and adding side branches.

Stop remove black paint and cards. Small trays of tempera paint with pink, white and yellow paint were distributed along with a variety of small and med bottle caps, tiny wooden sticks and old yellow pencils/erasers. These tools were used to add the blossom details to each branch. Some blossoms could be falling or blowing in the wind. Best to limit the time for this step to help students self edit.

The result over 60 snapshots of spring and lots of less than 50 minutes!

Funny Faces with Feelings

Inspired by Picasso portraits and Matisse patterns students used one of several oval head shaped patterns to trace and cut their base on one of 3 pre-select paper colors. The head shape was glued to a background "pillow". Review of the parts of the face and how feelings are expressed in facial features. Making choices from a huge variety of abstract shapes students experimented with a variety of faces and then selected one to glue and attach. Using scissors, glue and  solid, printed and painted paper scraps (collage)  the artists completed their Face with Feelings by adding ears, hair, eyebrows...and many other details. The result dozens of unique, colorful and emotion filled faces!