Study of Deibenkorn Reading The Paper – first colours

Let me start with the persistent questions of authenticity, originality, inspiration, and appropriation I beat myself up with on almost every new painting. They are all versions of "what is the line between inspiration and plagiarism?" AND they all fuel my self-doubt, my impostor syndrome! I don't know how to be rid of this feeling, … Continue reading Study of Deibenkorn Reading The Paper – first colours

Getting Surreal with First Graders

I had no doubt this would be a fun one for my kids; they have such a wonderful sense of humour for silly and strange things. I started with some fun vocabulary: weird, wonderful, strange, peculiar, surreal, unusual. We discussed examples and meanings am out to they all contain things that appear out of place. … Continue reading Getting Surreal with First Graders

My First Graders Explore Pop Art

I introduced this one as a follow-up to the graffiti projects they already did. I wanted them to do something personal, instead of copying the example in the video, so I told them to make their names very visible. The key vocabulary that needed to be demonstrated was the difference between block letters and bubble … Continue reading My First Graders Explore Pop Art

A Grade One Experiencing of Minimalism & Mondrian

To all my fellow teachers, you will understand when I say that this was performed on a day that required... well, flexibility. All sorts of stuff kept modifying my plans and I had to make spontaneous changes. I think I'd been keeping Mondrian in my back pocket to teach a lesson on complimentary colours, but … Continue reading A Grade One Experiencing of Minimalism & Mondrian

Cutting it up with Matisse – A First Graders’ Art Exploration

Time for a little fine-motor exercise... let's give them another material to play with. Well, if I'm being honest, they already use construction paper to decorate various holiday projects. In fact, it is a frequent request by my first graders. So, who better to demonstrate composition possibilities using cut-outs than Henri Matisse??? The kids came … Continue reading Cutting it up with Matisse – A First Graders’ Art Exploration

Exploring Mixed-Media Portraiture with my First Graders

Father's Day was fast approaching and I felt the some of my kids needed additional gifts for their dad's. As usual, I de-emphasize that it ion for Dads, as some of my students don't have one and emphasized instead that it be a portrait of a family member, but could be for Father's Day if … Continue reading Exploring Mixed-Media Portraiture with my First Graders

Exploring ‘Weird & Wonderful’ Landscapes with my first graders

Crayola washable markers are the most ubiquitous art medium available in all the classrooms I've taught in, and yet all the kids ask for them as if they were something super magical. Well, I can resist only so much, so I decided to give them a project to use them. Following the music teacher's lessons … Continue reading Exploring ‘Weird & Wonderful’ Landscapes with my first graders

My First Graders get into making Messy Charcoal Flowers

I approached this material a little differently. I told my students to get dirty! (See the pics below) I started with showing them some charcoal sticks, ribbing them on my fingers to shows how easy it was to get messy, then smearing and smudging it on papers. Showed them how to make different lines: thick, … Continue reading My First Graders get into making Messy Charcoal Flowers

My First Graders Get Abstracted With Kandinsky

I wasn't sure how much they could do with this today, because we are in the middle of a Montreal heat wave and it's boiling in our classroom, but I figured abstract art would give them the freedom to play with colours and not worry too much about the outcome... especially since the heat was … Continue reading My First Graders Get Abstracted With Kandinsky

Marc Chagall’s Goat and Face – First Grader Style

How do I tie together Grafitti and Cubism??? I know; Marc Chagall. Well, that's how I see it. While the kids were out at recess, I gave each a big piece of construction paper (14" x 17") and a bowl of oil pastels. I queued up a fun video: "Marc Chagall Drawing Lessons". They came … Continue reading Marc Chagall’s Goat and Face – First Grader Style