You Scream, Ice Cream {Miss Misty’s Art Class}

I created this art project for my Pre-Kindergarten 4 year olds.  They gave it to their dads for Father’s Day. This is inspired by a painting called Three Ice Cream Cones, by the artist Wayne Thiebaud. My students learned that Wayne Thiebaud was an American painter, born in 1920. His most famous works are of cakes, pastries, toys and lipsticks and he was associated with the pop-art movement. Materials: Drawing paper, pencil, eraser, crayons, black Sharpie Instructions: I first instructed {Read More}

Kids Art: Watercolor Cactus

I created this art project for my Kindergarteners.  I do this one every year for their Father’s Day art. Materials: Watercolor paper, pencil, eraser, watercolor paint, paint brush, water, fine-tip Sharpie Preface: Before you begin, know that with every project I taught my students I’d use a dry erase board as an instructional device to actually show the kids (by drawing it myself, on the board) each step, one step at a time. They could visually see the instruction before {Read More}

Rainbow Fish {Miss Misty’s Art Class}

 I am currently working on this art project with my 4 year old students for their Mother’s Day gift to Mom.  We’re making our own version of the “rainbow fish” from the children’s book, The Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Pfister. I first break down the steps of drawing the fish using pencil on a piece of watercolor paper.   I use a fine tip Sharpie to trace all of their pencil lines.  My students then use crayons to color in the {Read More}

A “Complimentary” Valentine

My 2nd graders’ Valentine project was inspired by the American pop artist, Jim Dine (b. 1935).  As a class, we viewed one of his artworks called Four Hearts.  The intention here isn’t to reproduce this exact art piece, but to incorporate the multiple images, bright colors and broken up background into their own heart composition. The second part of the project, was to incorporate the use of complimentary colors: red & green, purple & yellow, orange & blue. This really {Read More}

Valentine Party Hearts

I came up with this project for my 1st grade students.  This art is inspired by the American pop artist, Jim Dine (b. 1935).  We viewed a few examples of similar heart paintings of his, and then recreated our own similar hearts using acrylic paint on canvas. Here are 4 examples of Jim Dine’s art that inspired this project: Each student started with the project with a blank canvas. I set out plenty of bottles of acrylic paints on the {Read More}

A Valentine Mosaic

Here is a Valentine’s art project that I created for my 1st grade students.  I gave a lesson on the American pop artist, Jim Dine (b. 1935) and we then viewed one of his artworks, Hand Painting on the Mandala.  I explained that they are to recreate their own Dine-like art by making a colorful mosaic with similarities to his. I first had my students decide on 4 different background colors and one more for the heart. They were given {Read More}