Welcome to Dream, Draw Create!
This blog features art projects for children. These projects have been used in my classes. My lessons allow children to learn about all the elements and principles of art while striving to introduce them to many genres of art.


"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." - Albert Einstein

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Matisse inspired paintings grades 1-3

I teach a mixed class of first through third graders in my Montessori school setting.  My classes are all pretty big consisting of twenty two to twenty four students per class.  I was pleased at how well the students did with this challenging lesson based on Matisse's fish bowl painting the focus was color and pattern.






Monday, April 11, 2016

Castles with grades 1-3



Students in grades 1-3 enjoyed creating these fantasy Castles.  This lesson was inspired by a lesson I saw over at www.cassiestephens.blogspot.com.  I loved her "Tubular Castles"lesson.
We began by discussing color harmony and how to achieve this with an analogous color scheme.  Students chose to either paint hills or water in the foreground.  The second week I set out texture plates and drawing paper and the students created a rough surface on the paper.  Black crayons were used to draw their castles which were then cut out and glued to the background.  We discussed symmetry and briefly how to draw the windows to prevent invaders from entering the castle's.  
Cotton balls were used for the clouds.  We discussed density and how we could stretch the cotton balls to create soft fluffy forms in the background.  
If you're looking for a collage type lesson this would be a great place to start.






Friday, April 1, 2016

Mask making in lower elementary

I was so happy with my group of first, second and third grade students.  They had so much fun and came up with so many creative ideas in this Papier Mache art lesson.  This lesson took three forty minute art lessons to complete.  My classes are pretty large at 24 students per class and the energy was palpable as the students happily painted, glued and embellished their masterpieces.
We discussed many different ideas and ways to create a mask as well as the cultural significance of masks in many cultures to get their imaginations running.







Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Egyptian Portrait Lids

Students in grades 5 and 6 created these stunning Paper Mache portrait lids.  The backgrounds were done using textured rubber rollers on butcher paper.
I was really pleased at how well the students were able to draw their God or Goddess on the forms. I had spray painted them gold in preparation.  Sharpies were used to color them in.













Friday, March 4, 2016

Painted letters

My fourth grade students learned a lot in this fun lesson inspired by the American artist Jasper Johns.
The students started by using the first letter of their first name and were asked to try and fill the space from top to bottom and side to side.  Paints were brought out and base colors were laid down during week 1.  Our topic during week two was how we could incorporate a color scheme to make our letters pop.  Complimentary colors were reviewed as well as analogous color schemes.  The students really benefitted from this discussion because although they had used many nice colors and patterns their paintings just were not working.  By the end of the second class they had successfully cleaned up their painting techniques and incorporated what they had learned about color.









Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Holiday trains

Here are a few samples of our holiday trains loosely inspired by the Polar Express.  Students used white chalk to draw their trains in the foreground a mountain in the middle ground and snow and Pine trees in the background.  Next we used oil pastel to color in the trains and Pine trees.  We discussed many color options to use on our dark black construction paper and understood it was necessary to press hard for our colors to show up and to cover the black paper.  Some of the students did a nice job shading and highlighting their trees.  There was a nice variety in the interpretation of the types of shapes and lines that could all result in a Pine tree.  White chalk was used last to color in the hills and snowflakes.  The students were able to complete this lesson in two forty minute classes.  The paper we used was 9x12 which was perfect.




Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Indian corn grades 1,2 and 3

The students painted these colorful pieces in preparation for Thanksgiving, and in conjunction with their social studies unit.  
We talked about shape, organic verses geometric.  We looked at the patterns on the corn.  We admired the wonderful toned down color palette.
We began by drawing the elongated oval shape of the corn.  We added vertical lines with black crayon then horizontal lines.  We painted in the newly created pattern with tones of red, orange, yellow, green and brown.
The husks were the last detail to be painted. 
At the end of the lesson I introduced them to the story of the "Three Sisters" corn, green beans and squash. 
 All the students were successful with this lesson which covered one forty minute art class.