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, February 7, 2019

Pinch Pot Monsters, 2nd Grade

My second graders made pinch pot monsters. 
First, they created pinch pots with clay. Then students added eyes, mouths, and other details to create a monster.  All added pieces were scored and slip.  Hint: If you add vinegar to the slip, it attaches better.
After they were out of the kiln, we painted with watercolors.  I then put a clear acrylic sealer over it, to add a shine.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Clay Fish, 1st Grade

I teach on a cart at one of my schools.  This is a simple clay lesson that I did with first graders, and it worked very well on a cart.  I found the idea for this lesson on Cassie Stephen's blog.  I made a few changes to the original lesson though, since I teach from a cart. 
 I brought small pieces of cardboard to the classroom, for students to work on .  This helped keep the clay from sticking to their desks.  Students created the texture by stepping on the clay with their shoes. One hint: make sure the clay is not too wet.  If the clay is really wet, it gets stuck to their shoes.  Details were added and everything was scored and slipped. 
After the clay was dry and fired in the kiln, students added color using oil pastels.  Then we brushed over everything with watered down India Ink.  This created a resist.  

Friday, January 25, 2019

Clay Faces, 5th Grade

A few weeks back, I posted about my students' clay pots, but at that point the pots had not been glazed.  Here are the final results.
 As I mentioned in my previous post, these pots were made using the slab technique. All details were added using the score and slip method.   Before creating these pots, my students watched this History Detectives video.  It really is a great introduction to the history of face pots. 

Friday, January 18, 2019

Cultural Landscapes, 4th Grade

This was an art integrated lesson that was co-taught with the librarian at my school.  In library, the students researched a country of their choosing.  They also wrote about their country.  Then in art, the students drew a landscape of that country.  I borrowed a few Chromebooks and library books, so students could research the features of their country's landscape. 
Using observational skills, students drew landscapes using photos as reference. Students drew in pencil, outlined in marker, and painted with watercolors.
Each one turned out different, and the students are so proud of them!  This is one of my favorite assignments from this school year!  We will be displaying these at International Night at my school.  

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Kindergarten

 With my Kindergarteners, I love to begin their art lessons with a story.  This one was based on Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Williams.  I found this wonderful art idea on Cassie Stephens' blog, but changed it a little to fit my time frame.
I had my students draw a pigeon with crayons.  Students then drew a background.  I encouraged designs and symbols in the background.  Students then used watercolors to paint their drawings.  Overall, I think these turned out wonderful!

Friday, January 4, 2019

Winter Paintings, 3rd Grade

 Right before Christmas break, I had my third graders create winter landscapes.  The goal of this assignment was to teach color mixing.  I showed students how to create tints with their paint.  This is how we created the sky.
 The landscape was painted with black and white to create a silhouette.  I allowed students to paint anything as long as it was a winter scene.  Of course, I ended up with a lot of Christmas themed ones, since we did these in December.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Face Pots, 5th Grade

My fifth graders have been working hard on their clay pots in the last few weeks.  To begin, I showed my students this History Detectives Video, by PBS, to introduce the history of face pots.  This video explains how face pots can be traced back to African Americans during the mid 1800's.    
 I then taught my students how to create a clay pot by making slabs.  Students added details to their face pot, and I taught them to score and slip all added pieces. 
These are looking great so far.  After these are out of the kiln, we will be glazing them.