Easy Middle School Mothers Day Art Project

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Wanted to get this up before it got too close to Mother’s Day 😊 I did these last week with 7th grade and I love them.   I took the photos when they were wet so dried they are actually a matte finish which I like. I am going to seal them with a non-toxic matte varnish then wrap them for the students in butcher paper.  I below are the directions and material I used. Students loved coming up with some saying for mom.  Share pics if you use in your classes or at home and happy moms day ☺️

Skills learned:

  • Collage techniques


  • Elmers glue
  • Paper plates for glue
  • Sponge brushes
  • 12 x 16 student canvas
  • Old newspaper
  • Watercolor (optional)
  • Various colored tissue paper (optional)
  • Sharpies for word writing
  • Small sponge pieces to do border or sponge hearts with water color

We started by tearing and ripping various pieces of old newspaper (only black parts not sections with color).  Then using sponge brush applying glue to entire canvas and placing pieces of newspaper in random places until entire canvas is covered. Be sure that if any is hanging over to either cut or tear off sides or use glue to make sure if stays down.  I had to go back and glue down some students because paper was lifting etc.  then be sure to add a good layer of glue on top of paper on canvas.  Now you can work on adding your words and design.  Some students wrote with a sharpie on separate piece of newspaper then glued it onto canvas. This way if you made a mistake you could correct it. But if you put it on and didn’t like it you could glue paper over it.  Also students added tissue paper hearts or sponger them with water color.  Here are some more for inspiration. 



Easy Kindergarten Easter Bunny Art Lesson

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I know I am a little late in the game with Easter this year…it feels like the school year is just flying by.  This is a cute lesson I found on artventurous blog http://artventurous.blogspot.com/2014/04/easter-bunny.html?showComment=1396478653392#c8458852638914827174.  I ended up cutting some templates for the students to use to trace for the egg shape body so that we would start out proportionate 🙂  Then we added the rest of the features step by step with pencil and erasers.  I thought I would share with you so you can do over Easter break.  Have a happy and blessed Easter!

Kindergarten Easter Bunny Art Lesson

Skills Learned:

  • Drawing step by step.
  • Tracing over lines.

Materials Used;

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Fun Week of Second Grade Portraits, Fifth Grade Flags and Seventh Grade Charcoal Sketching

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The weeks seem to be flying by now…so busy with end of school stuff.  Kinder and eighth grade graduation and with the weather being so hot spring fever is alive in my classes 🙂  I taught second, fifth and seventh grades this week.  In second grade we worked on self portraits which is always a bit challenging with the younger ones but I think they did an awesome job.   See below 🙂


Then in seventh grade we worked on our sketching skills with charcoal.  There are a lot of great utube videos on charcoal so we watched one and ventured forth 🙂


Then to finish my week I had the fifth grade class doing Jasper Johns 1954 flag.  I always let them do an adaptation on the stars so they can make it their own 🙂  Really love this project!

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Sunsets Are Awesome-Right?

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This week I had fun with the fourth graders teaching them about building on colors 🙂  Although now as I write this I forgot we were supposed to do their mission project paintings.  Will have to talk to teacher and see if I can do it as an extra day this month?  So much fun watching these take shape.  Something about sunsets and their beauty.  Hope you all see some great ones this weekend.  xo renee

Laura Milnor Iverson-Seagulls at Sunset 4th Grade Art Lesson

I am a native Californian and my greatest inspiration comes from the beautiful natural landscape of the San Francisco Bay Area. I express my love of nature in both Dreamy Realism (realistic landscapes and seascapes with an impressionist overtone…the imprint of a scene on the mind, with the soft edges of memory) and Contemporary Zen (botanical abstracts in a modern Asian style, such as autumn leaves, florals, cherry blossoms, and so on).

Skills Learned:

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Fun Little Bracelets and Some March Gratitude :)


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Thought I would share these fun bracelets I have been learning to make.  I cannot believe it is March already and we are heading towards the end of the school year.  I have been getting these halocite hearts, crosses and peace sign with 6-8mm howlite beads to tie them off.  See my links below if you want to purchase some supplies.  I used leather 1mm cording and then watched a utube video on slips knots.  Tons of stuff on the internet so have fun 🙂  Be sure to help someone in need today and say I love you a ton to your family and friends 🙂  Life is way to short to not be grateful for each day! xo renee

If you want me to make you a custom bracelet go to my Etsy store and message me 🙂


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One More Easy Valentine-I Promise :)

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Ok so I know I promised that the last post was going to end my Valentine obsession but I couldn’t help myself…I had some newspaper spread out on my tables so I dripped the liquid water-color in warm then cool colors on separate sheets.  The last two weeks we have been learning about warm and cool colors so I thought I would use them.  My students were in my room during lunch so I had one of them cut the word love out then a medium-sized heart and we made these on black cardstock.  Easy peasy and really pretty.  Last one I promise…Happy Valentines!

Fourth Grade Valentines Project-Happy Hearts Day

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fourth grade valentine art projectHad a really fun week teaching during my favorite month 🙂  This weeks favorite besides the really cute kindergarteners was fourth grade.  We got really messy with chalk pastel, watercolor and powdered tempera.  I taught them about warm and cool colors and the projects turned out amazing!  Directions are below.  Message me if you need help with supplies or directions and Happy Hearts Month!  xo  renee

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Skills Learned:

  • Sketching and cutting out hearts.
  • Warm and Cool color contrast.
  • Working with chalk and powdered tempera paint.
  • Blending and working with chalk pastel.


  • Watercolor paper to cut out several heart shapes
  • Pencils and erasers
  • Taped 18 x 24 watercolor paper
  • Various liquid watercolor (I use colorations by DiscountSchoolSupply)
  • Powdered tempera in warm and cool colors
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Large brushes
  • Warm and cool color chalk pastel

I started our discussion with the color wheel and how I correlate warm and cool colors. Then we talked about how using the opposite colors makes them pop on the paper. I passed out watercolor paper, pencils, scissors and erasers to sketch and cut out hearts. We varied our shapes and sizes to make the overall appearance of our piece. We laid them out to make sure they fit on our background then we set aside to work on background. We then chose our background color and painted that. Then we added another same warm or cool color by sprinkling powdered tempera paint on wet background. Set aside background to work on the hearts. We then took chalk pastel to color and blend our hearts with opposite (warm or cool) color of our background. Then glue them down remove tape and sign. These came out amazing!

Easy Valentine Cards For your Kids to Make

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As promised some more easy Valentine projects you can do at home with the kids 🙂  OK so don’t laugh too hard at my fingers in the bottom left corner I was in a hurry yesterday to get out of my classroom on time!  I have really been into using this black cardstock you can get anywhere but I ordered mine on Amazon see link below if you want to buy some.  Then I took some of my watercolor paper or white card stock and made some heart templates.  Next I used my chalk pastels to color and blend the chalk onto the cut out.  Glue down and then use fun Prang metallic markers to write whatever you want 🙂  If I have time in my classes I will let the students create their very own.  Happy Valentines Day!

Told you easy and really fun!  Happy Friday..best renee

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Here are the links to order supplies:

black cardstock-http://www.amazon.com/Cardstock-Paper-Sheets-Archives-Palette/dp/B00EGYCO14/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1422624452&sr=8-10&keywords=black+cardstock

white watercolor paper or cardstock-http://www.amazon.com/Art-Supply-Heavy-Weight-Watercolor-24-Sheets/dp/B00PG2R2BC/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1422624542&sr=8-3&keywords=white+watercolor+paper

Prang metallic markers-http://www.amazon.com/Prang-Metallic-Markers-Bullet-80598/dp/B001GXD3PE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1422624594&sr=8-1&keywords=prang+metallic+markers

Kindergarten Valentines Project-Warm and Cool Hearts

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My favorite holiday is coming up in February…yes Valentines Day 🙂  The month when we get to paint all things with hearts!  This week and next I will try and gather all my Valentine lessons and share with you.  Here is the Kindergarten one I did last year.  We had fun learning about warm and cool colors.  Hope you all have a fabulous Saturday!

Skills Learned:

  • Warm and Cool Colors
  • Dividing background and shapes

Materials Used:

  • Black oil pastel
  • Heart cut outs
  • 18 x 24 taped watercolor paper
  • Large brushes
  • 4 cool color tempera and 4 warm colored tempera paints

(you can use light and dark green to add more color choices)

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Start by discussing Valentines Day and the shape of a heart. Then talk about your color wheel discussing the warm colors and how they feel hot like fire and the cool colors being cold like the ocean. Next have students use the oil pastel to divide their background into 4 different areas. Use the board or a sample to show them how many possibilities there are. Next have them paint the cool color in each of the 4 areas. Set aside and work on the heart. Divide the heart into 4 areas and paint the warm colors light to dark wiping your brush in between each color. Glue heart onto background and you are set 🙂

Another Fun Week of Art With Kindergarten Royal Portraits

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kinder royal portraitsFirst off I cannot believe January 2015 is halfway done!  I had those fabulous Kindergarteners again and we had fun with the above Royal Portraits.  I have to give credits to DeepSpaceSparkle for the lesson here is the original link http://www.deepspacesparkle.com/2011/11/16/royal-kinder-portraits/ for this.  Patty has some amazing lessons and I have followed her for years.  Thanks Patty another California art teacher!  I found these crowns on sale at Oriental Trading http://www.orientaltrading.com/prism-crowns-a2-25_943.fltr?Ntt=crowns ($2.90 per dozen) we dawned our crowns and instantly became royal!  Often during class if someone got a little crazy we discussed how royals would act it was so much fun 🙂  Lesson is below.

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I also tried a new lesson in 7th grade with names which I believe they liked-I asked them if they wanted to keep it for next year and they said yes if we could listen to the Glee station on Pandora 🙂  So we listened to Glee and finished our work.  Another fun week in Art class in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.  I am very grateful for everything God has given to me and sometimes just have to say it so I fully realize what a gift everyday is!

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