5 Process Based Art Lessons & Worksheets for Fall!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

5 Process Based Art Lessons & Worksheets for Fall!

Give kids ownership over their art, tie your art into classroom writing and story telling and throw away those templates away! Prepare to be amazed by the results!

Begin by reading the book; "There's a Nightmare in my Closet" by Mercer Mayer.

See the steps of the art lesson below:

Great for early finishers, substitutes and for fun breaks in the classroom check out this Monster Creativity Workbook:

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Enjoy the Fall Season Everyone!
Sabrina at A Space to Create

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Teaching Imagination and Story-Telling through Art

Reading the book "A Nightmare in My Closet" by Mercer Mayer brings up lots of emotions in children.

Talking to them about how the story makes them feel, scared or not scared and how they deal with being scared can lead to some great conversations and even better stories. I used this art lesson to stimulate their imaginations and to create suspenseful stories about the nightmares in their closets! What a fun and valuable lesson!

Here are the basics:
Here is a shortened version of the process:

Read or play the video of the book "A Nightmare in My Closet" by Mercer Mayer. Lead a discussion about how the books makes the children feel. Have they ever felt scared and hidden under their covers? What do they imagine their nightmare looks like? Students blow paint into a nightmare-like shape. They will create their closet doors from construction paper and chalk and add details to their monsters with Sharpie marker. Next students will sit in a circle and share the story of the nightmare in their closets! Teacher should facilitate the story-telling by commenting when students share good detail, interesting word choices and suspenseful stories. This helps inform the children who follow on how to add details and suspense into their own story. So much fun!

Here are some students working on their nightmares:

Blowing Paint: 

Create and glue on your doors:


Open them and there's your nightmare!

Final Student Work:

My students really enjoyed this project from the blowing of the paint, to the wonderful stories about thei nightmares in their closets.

Have fun with this one! Sabrina, A Space to Create!

Watercolor Technique Landscapes

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Watercolor Technique Landscapes

I've been trying to find a lesson that incorporates watercolor techniques in a fun, exciting lesson that is easy for beginning artists to create a successful painting. Well, I couldn't find it. So I created one.

This same technique can be applied to more than just landscapes. I'm excited to try it as animals, or floral paintings as well!

Here are the basics:
  • Medium -Watercolor
  • Project Length - 2-3 weeks
  • Grade - 5-12
  • Objective - Explore color theory, composition, atmospheric perspective and unity.
  • Materials - Watercolor Paint, Watercolor Brushes, Water, Watercolor paper, palettes, Sharpie Markers, copy paper, Plastic cups with lids, rubbing alcohol, vinegar, masking fluid or tape, salt, sponges, sand paper, watercolor pencils (optional), eye droppers and anything else that you may think to use. Some of my students used burlap and plastic wrap.
  • Technique: We start by creating a technique grid of about 24 different watercolor techniques. I then have students look up reference for their landscape, trace the basic shapes and then start to scale thumbnails. I explain the rule of thirds with examples in my powerpoint and show examples of student work. I have them start thumbnails by finding the upper third of the thumbnail and begin with the horizon, adding shapes as they move down their drawing. Shapes get larger as them come into the foreground. They then start to explore the techniques that they will use on their final paintings as well as come up with a color plan. We talk about complementary colors and warm/cool colors. Next they draw their final landscapes in Sharpie onto stretched watercolor paper. They then start filling in shapes using the techniques that they mastered.
  • Link to the Presentation Lesson Plan and Student Self-Evaluation
  • http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Watercolor-Technique-Landscape-1204479
Here is a shortened version of the process:

Here are some student samples.


Final Painting:

Final painting in process:

Final Painting

Color Plan (Small Scale)

Final Painting

Technique Practice:

 Final Painting

More Final Paintings

My students really enjoyed this project and they have a beautiful stained glass quality when they are done. They are so bright and colorful and make a beautiful spring display by our library! Have fun with this one! Sabrina, A Space to Create!

Illuminated Letters

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Illuminated Letters

My students thoroughly enjoyed making these illuminated letters, and their work turned out so beautifully!

Medium: Ink and Pearlescent Watercolor
Time: 7-10 days

Grade: 6-12
Objective: TSWBAT: 
-Create Emphasis in their Illuminated Letter
-Create Unity through the use of images and color schemes
- Understand the use of illuminated letters in ancient manuscripts
- Create a Balance in their illuminated letter through a balance of positive and negative space.
Materials: Parchment Paper (Or other paper that will stand up to colored ink, Colored inks, either pearlescent watercolors, or pearlescent acrylic paint, brushes, water and black sharpies.

This lesson is available for purchase on my Teachers Pay Teachers store: {click here}

We started by created thumbnails of letters that we were interested in using as our Illuminated letter.

Next we enlarged our letters onto a piece of 8.5" x 11" Parchment Paper. I showed students how to center their letters based on the size of the square or rectangle.
The students found reference for decorative elements, and began to fill in the space surrounding their letters with versions of that reference. We talked about positive and negative space and to balance the two to create interesting and dynamic letters. We created our designs in pencil first.

Then we outlined the design with thin permanent markers, and began filling in the background with ink.

We continued to add color. I asked the students to create some value in their designs, light, medium and darker tones of the same colors. Here are some pictures of the process:

Here are some of the final results. I think they came out great!

I'd love to hear your thoughts! Have you done Illuminated Letters with your students? How did the process differ from ours?

Enjoy the Superbowl tomorrow! It looks like some of us Secondary folks are having a sale on Sunday! So be sure to check our my store A A Space to Create - everything will be 20% Off!

Sabrina - A Space to Create



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