Clay Owls

Lower primary grade levels explored texture and created these amazing ceramic owls. As an introduction to clay students experimented, explored, and were exposed to new techniques. These owls were created using a ball of clay and a Crayola marker. The marker was used to create the texture and add details. For the first time in the art room, we used a marker without ever removing the cap!


Students painted their owls with liquid watercolor and sealed them with Mod Podge


Using the cap of a Crayola Marker students made semi-circles to look like feathers. The end of the marker was used to add eyes! This pair of owls are awaiting the addition of beaks! 


1st grade added additional color using construction paper crayons! 



Pasta Textured Pinch Pot Fish

Texture is an Element of Art that we review with different materials throughout the year. This week we used dry pasta to create a variety of interesting textures in a pinch pot. Students added features and details to create a unique fish.


Wet clay textured with a variety of different shaped pasta 


Swimming to the kiln….

After their sculptures were fired in our kiln, students used liquid water color and construction paper crayons to bring them to life!


See how we made them or try it at home with air dry clay or modeling dough… Pasta Textured Fish Demo Video

Andy Saczynski Inspired Florida Folk Art

As an art teacher I believe it is important to teach students that people are making art today, after all, many of the masters artist we come to admire are now on the other side (Van Gogh, Monet, da Vinci, etc.). There are so many artists creating amazing work this very minute, right here in the Sunshine State no less. Cue…Andy Saczynski!

Saczynski is a Florida based Folk Artist who uses a variety of materials to create bold works that are eye catching and student accessible. His work can also be found on Immaculate Baking products at your local grocery, further proof art is everywhere if you look! You can read more about Andy Saczynski and see his art by visiting,

Together we looked at Saczynski’s alligator assemblages, while he used a variety of materials (requiring several power tools) we opted for paint and paper. Students worked with different color paper and studied how shapes can be used to create simple images. Using a variety of patterns and colors students created breathtaking works while also reviewing the Elements of Art (line, color and shape).




Warm & Cool Color Paper Weaving (K-2)


We have had so much fun exploring warm and cool colors, then learning to weave.  First, we painted pictures using only warm colors (orange, yellow and red) or only cool colors (blue, purple and green). Then, we (I) used the paper cutter to cut all the masterpieces into 1/2″ strips. Students learned new vocabulary (loom, weaving) and new skills, all while creating these beautiful works of art.

Instructional Video: Paper Weaving (K-2)


Then, the weaving began….


Charlie Harper Inspired Birch Trees

Florida winter seems to have come…and gone, but in the art room first graders are hard at work creating winter scenes inspired by artist, Charlie Harper. Harper is an American Modernist, known for his illustrations of wildlife.

Thanks to a kind donation of hotel keys from the Hilton, we were able to spread black paint across paper to create life-like birch trees. Using different materials in the art making process teaches that art can be made from anything, and gives students the creative freedom to explore and experiment.


This project allowed students to explore a variety of painting techniques while also learning about lines, shapes and color!

Recycled Flowers


Looking to beautifully recycle your two liter bottles? These flowers will soon be part of a later project but here are the instructions to create them yourself.

All you’ll need is scissors, spray paint, 2 Liter Bottles (clear work best), a paper hole puncher and some wire!



Artist Mark Oliver Inspired Litterbugs


Mark Oliver is a contemporary artist based out of England, his work is not only beautiful but incredibly interesting. Oliver takes two elements that most people find unsightly, trash and insects and makes them so intriguing that most cannot look away. Analyzing Oliver’s work provides an opportunity for students to question what they consider an art supply and how different materials are used to communicate powerful messages.

Litter is a universal problem, but what if students discovered ways to create art with lasting materials we regularly discard. This project is designed to get students to think creatively about what materials can be instead of only looking at what the material is. When students start to see possibilities where others see limitations, suddenly the entire world becomes an art store. Mark Oliver’s work proves that you do not need fancy, expensive art supplies to create beautiful art that communicates powerful messages.


For this project, students were given an array of materials. They were tasked with designing an insect using unlikely supplies.  Each insect had to have a three part body, antennas and fit within specific measurements.  The results were amazing.





Recycled Material Printmaking

Outside of school I work as a printmaker, therefore my love for this process extends far beyond these art room walls. Printmaking is simply making a print of another object, often times this could be a carving in wood or an etching in a material such as copper. In Kindergarten and first grade this week we explored printmaking the best way possible, by using a variety of materials and creating a huge, creative mess in the art room.


Students were given wood blocks, bubble wrap and card board rings from tape. This printmaking project enabled us to discuss texture, shape and composition! The process as an adventure and the results are stunning….




The Tree of Kindness

This time of year is always my favorite because you can feel the kindness in the air! The best part of KINDNESS, is that it is inclusive and can be celebrated by everyone! This project provides a visual of all the little things we can each do to exhibit kindness each day.

After much discussion, each student wrote a kind action they will perform. I am sure we will have a lot of happy families because so many wrote they would clean dishes, mow the grass, help with siblings….all without being told! The responses were incredibly heartfelt. Here’s to hoping 500 acts of kindness are just a spark to even more…