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:

Layer painting, landscape and using mixed media to add dimension to your artwork. Continue Reading »

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

happy hearts art lesson2

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!

Fall Art Lesson for 3-5th Grades

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3rd-5th grade fall art lesson

3rd-5th grade fall art lesson

I had to move around some lessons for 4th grade because I could not start their mission painting yet.   So I thought it would be fun to do something seasonal like a fall pumpkin patch scene with chalk pastels.  I searched the internet and there are so many how to draw pumpkin lessons.  Of course pinterest has many options below are the three I am going to use to show the students there are many easy ways to sketch a pumpkin.

3rd-5th grade fall art lesson

3rd-5th grade fall art lesson


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Fourth Grade Golden Gate Bridge

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tori ggbI have to say one of my favorite grades for art is fourth grade.  There is so much beauty in California and so many artists to choose from for examples of art.  This piece is fun and a little easy for my fourth graders but the Golden Gate Bridge is such an iconic beauty that I cannot pass it up 🙂

Skills Learned:

Blending water-color and using salt.  Working with watercolor. Using lines to make patterns for bridge. Continue Reading »