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. 



Seventh Grade Painted Metal Crosses

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The other part of our seventh grade lesson was painting these metal crosses. A friend of mine owns a metal shop in Watsonville and cut them out for me. Thank you Vince 🙂
They are beautiful. I am going to finish them with a Pearl sealer and then drill a hole for hanging.

Had so much fun with these students and their moms. So grateful them!

Seventh Grade Koi Pond Mixed Media Lesson

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I had to write about this seventh grade lesson because we did it this week and it was so much fun 🙂  The junior high students have been so crazy with spring fever! I don’t blame them it feels like we live in LA.  A few times this week is was over 80 degrees.  That is hot for us people at the beach 🙂  Anyhow I brought frozen fruit, kale and my blender and had some of my helper moms make smoothies.  We not only finished this project but also started on the end of the year parent gift.  The one negative out of it was that I got the flu but I am recovering and blogging.  Hope you all enjoy doing this project.IMG_3174

Artist Background:

Lun Tse and his twin brother were born in Hong Kong, China on February 19, 1964. The name Lun in Chinese means dragon. There were ten children in the humble Tse family. The decision was made to emigrate from China to San Francisco in 1967. For several years, the family lived in the Chinatown section of San Francisco. Within a few years after their arrival, Lun’s father abandoned them. His mother was left to support the ten children alone in an unfamiliar country. She left San Francisco and took her family to Salinas, California.

In the much quieter small town of Salinas, Lun’s twin began writing a great deal which inspired Lun’s own creative development. Lun would draw illustrations to accompany stories written by his twin. In high school, art classes were Lun’s focus. He graduated with an art scholarship. Lun moved to Tampa where he worked to pay the bills but was quickly winning awards at festivals and showing work in galleries in Boca Raton. Within a few years after college, he was working full time as an artist. He wrote his first book on painting techniques soon after and his next book is due out May 2005.

His colorful paintings have consistently had a richness and depth with remarkable use of light. He is an emerging artist whose work is already collected nationally.

Skill Learned: Drawing and sketching fish working with oil pastels and watercolor.

Materials Needed: Oil pastels, pencils, erasers, turquoise or blue watercolor, large brushes

Have students start by sketching their fish or using oil pastel to trace the fish. Try to teach them how to capture the tranquility in the water and the whimsical flow of the painting. When finished with the koi and white swirls for water have them use water color to make the bluish green water.


Seventh Grade Wooden Cross Collage Lesson

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Crazy first week back after New Years 🙂  What fun we had with our Australian friends at the beach and in Tahoe!   Trying to catch up on lesson plans for everyone.  And in the midst of college stuff with my oldest daughter.  Pray she gets some more choices for schools.  She got her number 3 choice in December so she is happy.  Hope you all are having a wonderful start to your New Year!

collage crosses

Skills Learned:

Collage, symmetry and composition.

Materials Used:


Start by showing the students crosses and discuss history of crosses.   Next discuss how to overlap and make a collage piece.  Be sure they put loads of glue on cross to hold down tissue and then put some on top at the end to ensure it sticks.  Also make sure they cut or put all tissue ont op of cross to ensure it does not go off end of it.

Once they dry glue or nail metal hanging piece on back and they are ready to put on the wall.


Ah the joys of summer for a teacher…7th grade art lesson on abstract painting on wood with acrylic

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imageWell sorry I am just getting to this but school and the kids took up a lot of time this year 🙂  I will promise to add at least one art lesson a week this year.  It might be my last year teaching so I want to make sure I share as much as I can with all you art teachers out there.  Just got done with my first ever art show and first friday in downtown Santa Cruz.  Very fun!  Thanks to all my family and friends that helped make it happen.  Jenna (L’Atelier Salon) owner is awesome.  Here are a few things I showed as well as directions for the the 7th grade lesson I teach for painting with acrylic on wood.

Let me know how it goes and happy summer! Continue Reading »