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

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

On the move with Marcel DuChamp - Grades 7 & 8

This was an end of the year lesson which I did with my seventh and eighth grade middle school students last June.  We studied DuChamp's Painting Nude Descending A Staircase.  It helped the students understand the principle of movement in a piece of art work.
I began the lesson by showing the students images of DuChamp's painting and we looked closely to see how movement was achieved.  We noted the repetition of the figure in the painting.  The monochromatic color scheme helped the students see the progression of the descending figure.
I then photographed the students in a action pose.  The images were printed and the contour of the image was cut out.  A variety of paper was set out for the students to choose from. They traced their image on at least three or four sheets of colored paper, cut them out, then arranged them on background paper to create a composition demonstrating the principle of movement.  As you can see their work is very unique and if you knew them you would agree it reflects their personalities.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Clowning around in Pre K

It's summer time and thoughts of the classroom are not always on my mind. But I do love looking at these fun little clowns. Hope you're all having a fun summer.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Rousseau inspired art

Using oil pastels and black watercolor wash my lower elementary students set out to imitate the beautiful work of Henri Rousseau.
Some of my students chose to add the black outline before the wash was added while others chose to use the black for definition afterwards.
Since the children in this group are first grade through third grade students, the results show a wide range of skill sets.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Wire Hanger Sculptures - Grades 7 & 8

These sculpture pieces were created by my incredibly talented middle school students.
Each one is so unique and different.
Since this project has become such a main stay with so many art teachers including myself, all that was needed to motivate them was to show them samples by other students from various sites on the web.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Egyptian Sarcophagus - Grade 6

These Egyptian sarcophagus's were created in collaboration with my grade 6 students unit on Egypt.
The students began by covering a cardboard form with paper maché which was then painted gold.
The next step was to paint the image of an Egyptian God on the sarcophagus.  
The background was created with a textured roller.  

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Playful Penguins by Grades 1,2 and 3

Wow, it's been a long time since I've posted on my blog.
I have a new computer after my PC broke back in the Fall.  I now own a Mac and am learning how to use it.  So far I love it.
These penguin paintings were done by my lower elementary students.  At my montessori school I see a blended class of first, second and third graders.  It can be challenging.  These paintings helped reinforce some basic painting skills while reviewing shape and pattern.  They were fun and light hearted and a nice way to celebrate winter.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Valuable Owls

This is a repeat of an old favorite.  Students in grade 4 learned about value.  They practiced mixing paint and adding purple or blue to their white paint to create rings around the moon.  
The black silhouetted owls on a tree branch added a touch of whimsy to this valuable lesson.