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, April 28, 2010

Sock Monsters

This project was one of my favorites years ago so I decided to unearth it. Students in Grades 4 through 6 traced old socks to create their fantasy like monsters. The flexibility of the socks allowed for many different positions for tracing. We discussed all types of animals, insects, fish, dinosaurs, etc. to stir our imaginations. Once they were pleased with their compositions details were added such as scales, horns, legs and claws. The monsters were then outlined with black and white pastels then colored in by blending the pastels.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Monet inspired art work by Grade 2

Grade 2 worked hard creating these paintings inspired by Monet's Japanese Bridge masterpiece. Many steps and mediums were used over a period of three art classes to complete these beautiful paintings. 

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Little Book House student art display

For the past few years I have been putting up a monthly display at a local childrens book store.
This Native American art display was one of my favorites. It was on display during the month of November.
The students first drew their sunrise or sunsets with pencil then colored them in with crayon. We completed the work with chalk. To make them look authentic we added sticks, beads, and feathers.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Birch Trees, Grade 6

Grade 6 students practiced their water painting skills while learning about the famous painting titled
"Magpie" by Claude Monet.
Many of the students didn't realize that a Magpie is a type of bird. This painting is a wonderful example of Impressionist art. It shows the attempt of the Impressionist artists to display sunlight in its many forms. In this case the beautiful sunlight of a cold winter landscape.
We began this lesson by dividing our 12" X 18" white drawing paper into three sections. Two sections resemble the walls while the last section represents the floor. We used the primary colors to paint the three parts of the room. When the paint was dry the students chose secondary colors and created their own patterns for each section.
While the paint was drying we took out our scrap box and began cutting leaves, plants, flowers and lastly the table for our fishbowl.
The fishbowl itself was done using water color paint. We experimented with different shades of blue for the water as well as cutting different shapes for the fish bowl.
The fish were made from orange construction paper, drawn, cut out and lastly glued to the fish bowl.
In all this project took a solid three weeks with classes being 45 minutes each.
Plenty of personal interpretation is evident in the colorful and imaginative work of the students as they grew to understand the work of the great master Henri Matisse.

Henri Matisse fish bowl mixed media project grade 5