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Flowers- Kindergarten art inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe and envisioned by Elizabeth

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Georgia O’Keeffe Flowers


O’Keeffe was born in Wisconsin in 1887 and died in New Mexico in 1986. She studied art at three colleges, The Art Institute (Chicago), Arts Students League (New York) and Columbia Teachers College (New York). O’Keeffe taught art before becoming a full time artist. She painted still lifes, bones, southwest landscapes, huge flowers and city nightscapes.



Students will draw a large flower after looking at and discussing works by O’Keeffe. (This activity can go long with a science lesson on parts of a plant).


What to do:

-Show examples of  O’Keeffe flower artwork.

-Demonstrate how to create a large flower with a marker on a paper. Start with the center of the flower. Make petals by going around the center. Continue the petals until you reach the edge or go off the edge of the paper.

-With crayons color each petal a different color.

What you will need:

-Thin pointed felt markers

-White paper



Optical Illusion Watercolor - 4th grade project developed by Janis

optical illusion drawing


Click on Janis' PDF for the complete directions for black and white or multi-colored Optical Illusions.


Optical Illusion Watercolor Art Project


Let's Go Fly a Kite - 1st grade project created by Carolyn

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Mosaic Painting - 4th grade project designed by Kate

landscape art


  • Grid a laminated poster of the art piece you have chosen.
  • Number and letter the grid.
  • Cut paper at least twice the size of the pieces on the grid.
  • Number and letter the back of the working pieces of paper.
  • Put an arrow pointing to the top of the paper.  You will be surprised how some pieces can easily be turned around.
  • Talk about color theory, mixing, blending with the class before turning them loose with the oil pastels.
  • Talk about a mini grid within their piece for scale.
  • Do this same project with the same artwork again with soft pastels as a comparison.


Community Pencil Drawing - a 5th grade project developed by Marsha

Click on the link to see the Community Drawing.


1 sheet of 11” by 16” white drawing paper for each student

1 pencil or charcoal for each student

Stop watch


  •  Give each student one sheet of paper and 1 pencil
  • Ask students to draw 3 people on their sheets of paper and give them approximately 3 minutes to do this.
  • Have them pass their drawings on to the person directly to their right.  Ask the students to draw an animal on the drawings presently in front of them, and give them approximately 2 minutes to do this.
  • Have them, in turn, pass their drawings on to the person directly to their right.  Make a new request to draw any object that differs from the previous content, giving them approximately 2 minutes. 
  • Have them then pass their drawings on to the person directly to their right.  Make yet another request to draw a general setting for the individual picture, giving them approximately 4 minutes to do this.
  • Next, have them again pass their drawings on to the person directly to their right.  Ask them to draw an additional three people, giving them approximately 3 minutes to do this.
  • Pass the drawings one last time and ask them to come up with a story to share with the class about their drawing.  Each story must include characters and setting.  Give them about 3 minutes to think of a story.  Take as long as needed to give everyone an opportunity to share their stories.

This activity was very similar to the one we did in class.  As a 5th grade reading class, we have been reading stories in Storytown about community.  We, as a class, came up with a working definition of what a community is:  Community is a group of people who live in the same area or who have something in common with each other.  We discussed how we are all a part of a community and the different people and surroundings that make up our community.  We then discussed how every book and story told involves a community (characters and setting).

This was a very fun and thought provoking activity.  Some students were very hesitant to pass their drawings on for someone else to draw on or add to, but eventually they all got into it and enjoyed it.  My favorite part was the stories they developed.  They were all very creative and fun.  I think that this is an activity that I will continue to do from year-to-year with all grade levels to teach the concept of community, characters, and setting.




Kindergarten Mammal Sketches imagined by Tonya

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In kindergarten we study the difference between living and non-living things. I extended this to learning about mammals for my ELP students. I gave them each a laminated ZooBook to trace the shapes in their animal in order to start sketching them. Once they had finished their sketch I had them color them in. I almost wish I had left some of them black and white since so much of the detail was lost on several but I have learned for next time. The students really enjoyed this activity and I was astonished at how focused they all were on getting their animals just right. I would definitely do this project again in the future.

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6th grade Galaxies - inspired by the sky and designed by Mary

student artwork of galaxies


  • Using the internet, have students complete the attached worksheet on the different types of galaxies.
  •  After discussion of the answers, have the students decide which type of galaxy they would like to illustrate. 
  •  Using black construction paper and either colored chalk or oil pastels, have the students create their galaxy. 
  • To create the “stars, have the students use white tempera and a toothbrush or large, coarse brush to “flip” the stars onto the galaxy. 
  • Create your own portion of the universe on a bulletin board by hanging the galaxies side by side with no space in between.


Click on the link for Mary's Galaxies worksheet.

Galaxies worksheet



3rd Grade Reflected Profile - created by Liz


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1. Take a profile picture. Print on the top of a piece of white printing paper (my image was 4”x4”).



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2. Fold paper in half. Hold against a window and lightly trace the profile with a pencil. Darker lines are harder to erase.

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3. Cut out a square of white paper around the profile (make sure the image goes all the way to one edge). Then carefully cut out the profile.

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4. Erase any pencils marks you can still see. This makes for a neater final product.

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5. Carefully glue the white square (with profile missing) onto a colored piece of paper (or wood or whatever you’d like to use). Then flip (mirror image) the profile out and glue.




Click on the link for a Profile Lesson Plan that is easy to print.


Profile Lesson Plan



Drawing and Painting from Photographs - inspired by nature and realized by Kelley

animal drawings and photographs

I had my class draw and paint from photographs. We reviewed still life concepts and I modeled each procedure. I let each student choose their animal photograph. I gave them materials and let them go.



Blind Contour Line Drawing and Creating Line Designs using Repetitive Organic and Geometric Lines to Make Patterns - envisioned by Carolyn

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In preparation for this lesson:  I encourage teachers to do some experimenting and try doing their own blind contour lines. Try doing what you expect your students to do. This will help the teacher understands what difficulties they might encounter and how to advise their students.


Click the link to see both of Carolyn's lessons in detail. Contour Line Drawing and Make Patterns Lessons



Drawing the Face in Proper Proportion - designed by Pam

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Here is what the students wrote when asked about the proper placement of our eyes, nose, ears, and mouth:

  • Our eyes are in a line with the top of our ears.
  • The bottom of our ears are in line with the bottom of our noses.
  • The center of our eyes line up with the outsides of our lips.
  • Our lips line up between the bottom of our nose and our chin.


Click on the link to see Pam's lesson plan. 1st Grade Faces Lesson Plan

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