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

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Do you like my tights?

What fun this project was for my Sixth graders which is mostly girls. Designing shoes, skirts and tights was right up their alley! We discussed shape for the shoes and pattern for the tights and then each student let their imagination run free. I did this lesson last year and couldn't wait to try it again this year. It always amazes me how differently each group interprets the same lesson. I love the creativity and energy the kids always bring to the art room. I have the best job! Enjoy.

Friday, October 29, 2010


Grade 4 created these whimsical scarecrows using a variety of mixed media. They all began with a pair of overalls and a bright red shirt. From there they used crayons, markers and scrap paper to tell a visual story of the glorious days of Fall.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Fall Trees by Primary Students

There's something about crinkling tissue paper that makes it the perfect medium for leaves on these colorful Fall trees. Primary students always enjoy using those little fingers of theirs to crinkle paper, and what a great fine motor activity it is. To draw the trees we talked a lot about how our own bodies have a "trunk" just like a tree. We stretched out our arms and fingers to reach for the sky as we waved them from side to side to create the movement of trees in the breeze. We learned too that trees have branches that are long, medium and short. Once we began our drawings we made sure to add texture with our crayons and to put some "meat" on the lines we drew for branches to give them some form. There's a lot to learn about color this time of year and the neutral tones we see in the trees were mentioned as well as the warm colors of the leaves. We learned a lot about drawing in this lesson and we felt confident about our ability to draw trees when we were done!

Op Art by Grade 8

My eighth grade students have been studying the Op art movement also referred to as Optical art. We looked at the painting Zebras by Victor Vasarely and were fascinated by the illusion of movement created between the black and white lines. Other key terms we discussed were contrast, energy and vibration.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A basket of flowers by Grade1

Grade 1 cut circles then added demension by fringing the edges to create these woven baskets of marigolds. I saw this lesson on a blog called Painted Paper and loved it.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Shape Quake by Grade 7

Grade 7 students have been learning about shapes and the Op art movement. We looked at the art work of Victor Vasarely and the influence he had on this movement. We created this art work by breaking apart a rectangular piece of black paper and then glueing it back together on a piece of white paper. We decided the contrast was really perfect to demonstrate the energy and movement of the work. "Shape Quake" seemed like a great title for these exploding pieces of art work.