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.


Friday, February 28, 2020

Prints, 5th Grade

These prints were made by my fifth graders.  Students carved into styrofoam and printed it four times. 
 This is the first year that I allowed them to experiment with multiple colors.  I was worried that the colors would become too mixed up, but the students pleasantly surprised me.  It turned out great, and I like the look of multiple colors!

Monday, February 3, 2020

Clay Cupcakes, 3rd Grade

My 3rd graders created these beautiful clay cupcakes.  Students used the pinch pot technique to create the top and bottom of their cupcakes.  The bottom of the cupcake was placed in a silicone cupcake mold to create the ridges, and look more realistic.  Details were added later.  It is important students score and slip all details, otherwise many pieces fall off.  
 After it was out of the kiln, we painted them with tempera paint.  These could also be glazed, but we chose to paint since glaze is expensive. To make them shiny, we added a layer of shiny acrylic on top. 
These are amazing!  This is one of my favorite assignments every year. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Face Pots, 5th Grade

This is one of my favorite lessons every year.  Students use the slab technique to create face pots.
To introduce this lesson, we always discuss the history of face pots in America.  PBS has a great episode of History Detectives, all about face jugs.  I always begin by having my students watch this video,  https://www.pbs.org/video/history-detectives-face-jug/


Students then create their own face pots by using slabs and coils.  I always emphasize the importance of scoring and slipping.  This is the first year that I have not had a single eye ball fall off the pots.  I guess they listened well this year.
After firing, students glaze the pots.  I always tell them to use at least 3 coats of glaze.  I love these this year!

Warm and Cool Color Hands, 3rd Grade

This is an oldie, but a goodie.  I have been teaching this lesson for years.  I did not create this lesson myself.  I have seen it on numerous sites, so I am not sure who originally created this lesson idea.  If this is your lesson, let me know, I would love to give you credit. 
This lesson is about practicing patterns and warm and cool colors.  Students draw a pattern for their background first.  After this, students are asked to use either all warm or all cool colors for the background.  Then the hand is colored with the opposite. This lesson is simple, it looks amazing, and student's love it!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Ocean Silhouettes

 It's the end of the year, and I needed a quick, fun, and simple lesson. This lesson was perfect because it's fun, uses few supplies and takes little time. My second graders created these silhouette ocean scenes.  I found the basic idea for this lesson at: http://youngschoolart.blogspot.com/2016/10/2nd-gradesilhouettes.html?m=1.  This took two classes to complete.  In the first class, students created the watercolor background. We discussed warm and cool colors to create the background.  During the second class, students used black sharpies to create silhouettes.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Prints, 5th Grade

 These are styrofoam prints created by my fifth graders.  Each student carved a design into a piece of styrofoam, and then printed it four times.  I kept this fairly open ended.  Students could create any design as long as it didn't have words or letters.  Students also chose the colors they wanted to print. Some students chose to make all four prints the same color, while others chose multiple colors.   
 I think these turned out really well!

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Coil Pots, 4th Grade

My fourth graders have been creating coil pots.  Students learned to create coils, and attach using the score and slip method. Since this is their first experience with coils, I also give them the option to create a pinch pot for the base.  I do this because many students struggle to create a strong enough base with only coils.  
 So far, these look wonderful. We still need to fire and glaze them.  I will post more pictures when they are finished.