Welcome to Lines, Dots, and Doodles. This is the place for students, parents, and teachers to find out what has been going on in my art class. I have included pictures of my student's artwork and basic explanations of the projects. I hope when you leave this blog, you feel inspired to create. Feel free to browse this blog and borrow any of my art lessons.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Musical Art, 1st grade

 I have done this lesson many times in the past.  This time, I did it with 1st grade.  This lesson focuses on creating an instrument and showing visual rhythm.  My students created these using cut paper.  I allowed my students ten minutes at the end of the lesson to add details with oil pastel.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Reflections, 3rd Grade


This is a great lesson to teach reflections.  I found the idea for this lesson on the blog, Fine Lines.  Basically, all you have to do is have students draw and color the top half of their paper with regular washable markers.  Then students spray water on the bottom half of their paper.  After this, students fold their paper and rub.  This makes a simple easy print of the image.


I allowed my students to draw any landscape image.  Some students drew houses, while other drew castles, mountains, or farms.


This is a great example of art that connects to math.  This one is easy enough to be done by either the art teacher or the classroom teacher.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Cakes, 5th Grade

 This lesson is a perfect Wayne Thiebaud lesson.  I found the idea for this lesson on Arteascuola.   Students drew a cake and then added shading to make it more realistic.

Here's a hint:  After coloring with oil pastels, have students use a Q-tip with a little baby oil to blend the colors.  It really makes the pastels look smooth, and almost like paint.

Friday, February 13, 2015

What's in your brain?, 3rd Grade

 For this lesson, students focus on creating a self portrait.  Students create a silhouette by standing in front of the projector and having a friend trace their silhouette.  Then, students draw things about themselves inside their silhouette. Students had the choice of coloring in either crayons or colored pencils.

 I think these are wonderful!  After creating their portrait, students wrote a few sentences about themselves and added it as a thought bubble.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Clay Masks, Art Club

 I am having so much fun teaching my Thursday afternoon art club.  It is so nice having a group of students who have chosen to be in art club, and are willing to put forth a lot of effort.  These clay masks are our most recent creations.
This lesson focused on creating slabs, and using scoring and slipping to add details.
I just love their creativity!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Art Club

Last week I started an after school art club for my 4th and 5th Graders.  I have 30 students in art club, and I have several teachers who have volunteered to help.  This was our first art club assignment, which was inspired after the artwork of Keith Haring.  
Students were grouped of 2-3, and worked collaboratively to create a person in motion.  One person posed on large paper, while the others traced.  This was then cut out and decorated with paint.

Silhouette Houses, 4th Grade

It has been a long time since I have posted new lessons.  This is because I have recently started a Master's Degree, and it has taken most of my extra time.  I will try to do better though, and post more often. 

Here are a few silhouette houses my fourth graders created a few weeks ago.  To begin this lesson, we discussed what a silhouette was, and looked at photos of silhouette houses.  Students also created a few sketches of houses for practice.


After that, students created the background with liquid watercolors, and then painted the house with black tempera paint.

 I just love that each house looks different.