A New Resolution!

I have admittedly had a harder time updating with all the activities and days off we’ve been having with Fridays.  Fridays are typically my updating day.  However, I attended the NAEA (National Art Educators Association) conference this past weekend at McCormick place and I came back totally inspired (even more so ;))  and absolutely dedicated to the idea of regular consistent updates, even if it kills me!!

I attended a lecture on Art Teacher Blogging, which was led by the phenomenonal Cassie Stephens http://cassiestephens.blogspot.com/, Phyllis Brown http://plbrown.blogspot.com/, and Laura Lohmann http://paintedpaperintheartroom.blogspot.com/.  All incredible art teachers and totally inspiring.  I even had the opportunity to take a picture with Phyl who I am sure was like “Who is this crazy lady asking for pic?”  Anyways here we are and I look completely geeked (which I was!)


I can’t wait to share some of the techniques, lessons, and ideas I’ve gained from the NAEA conference in my lessons to come!


Anyhoo, going back to the Picasso lesson I taught not too far back: the results are in and they are…drum roll please: …..STUNNING!

I’ll guide you through the steps/process I took for this lesson.  First I had the students illustrate faces and color them in using coloring blocking.  This lesson was altered for the nursery school students since obviously their fine motor skills are a bit limited.   Then I had them cut their faces up and rearrange to create a face in the style of the Marvelous Pablo Picasso.  Gluing them onto black paper made for a more dramatic effect.  This lesson is great because it can be tweaked and altered for ages 3-10.

Here are a few more results!

I hope you all have a great Tuesday despite these clouds and forecasted rain.  Up NEXT: Purim!!!


…and it’s time for Picasso!

When I first started teaching, I was shocked to see the amount of students who did not know who Pablo Picasso was.  I just took it for granted that everybody knew this amazing artist.  Well it’s safe to say that I no longer assume anything and so now, to give the students a head start, I try to introduce Pablo Picasso as early as kindergarten.

I begin by reading the kids a few pages of the book: Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists – Picasso.


Students learned about Picasso’s father being an art teacher, how he had a blue period and a rose period, and one of his most popular art movements: cubism.

We studied the following paintings:

Next, I had the kiddies draw a face using a few of Picasso’s trademark facial features: noses with nostrils and eyelashes, etc.

I’m teaching this lesson up to 4th grade.  I always like to see how projects can transition throughout the grade levels.

Next week we will cut up the faces and arrange them a mumbled/jumbled way in a similar fashion of the amazing Pablo Picasso.