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.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Paper Mache Totem Poles, 5th Grade

This art lesson was done in collaboration with the fifth grade classroom teacher.  A few weeks ago, a fifth grade teacher came to me and asked if I would be willing to create large totem poles out of oatmeal containers he collected.  I immediately loved the idea, but I only see my students for 30 minutes once a week, so I knew I would need his help on this one.  In order to accomplish this large project, the classroom teacher taught the students about the history of totem poles prior to coming
to art class.  He also was kind enough to stay in the art room and assist during the art lesson. This was very helpful, as paper mache is difficult to pull off in short 30 minute classes.   
This totem pole lesson took us 5 (30 minute) art classes to complete.  Students began with an oatmeal container and used cardboard, bottle caps, and paper towel rolls to create an animal.  Once this was created, students covered the entire thing with paper mache.  Lastly, students painted their creation. 
Once each animal was completed, I attached them together to create one large totem pole. The fifth grade teacher then had each student write a short essay about their work.  I think the results are amazing!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Art Show 2015

This was our first Art Show.  I decided to turn our art show into a fundraiser.  We had a company called Artome frame the artwork, and we sold each frame for $25.
By using this company, the whole process was really easy.  I labeled the artwork, and sent it to Artome two weeks prior to the show.  They came on the day of the show with the framed artwork, and even hung the artwork for me.  At the end of the show they packed up any unsold frames, and will send the artwork back to me.  This was great because it made cleanup easy, and we are only charged for what is sold.  
 Other than the framed artwork, we also had sculptures up for everyone to see.  
 Here are our 4th grade paper mache ice cream cones.
 These flowers were made by my kindergarten and fifth graders.  They worked collaboratively on this.
The Totem Poles were made by my fifth graders.  Each student created one piece of the totem, and put them together to make a large totem pole.

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!