Jim Dine Inspired Hearts

Part of being a student teacher is to slowly take over all of the responsibilities of the cooperating classroom teacher including planning lessons, teaching all of the classes in their schedule, and in this case, the blog!

The first lesson that I taught at Huegel Elementary was inspired by the artwork of American Pop Artist, Jim Dine.

One of the challenges that many art teachers face is not having their own room in which to teach. Instead, they may have their own storage space and will travel from classroom to classroom teaching “art from a cart” or, in the case at Huegel, they may share a room with other academic disciplines and teachers. The main challenge that exists in the shared room at Huegel is that there is no sink in the room. I am extremely fortunate that I am able to experience this type of teaching situation while still student teaching as it allows me the help and guidance of a cooperating teacher, while planning and teaching the lessons in a non-traditional art room. Along with many art teachers who teach off a cart and/or in a shared art room, I was determined to not let that hinder the student’s art experience!

With a few adaptations, such as buckets of water for cleaning and clothesline for drying prints, the students were able to create amazing artworks that incorporated printmaking and mixed media.

As a class, we started off having a discussion about the artwork of Pop Artist Jim Dine, specifically his artwork depicting hearts. We discussed the symbolism, color, pattern, expression, and abstraction in his artwork.

After being inspired by Jim Dine’s “Heartwork”, the students began making their own heart shaped block using styrofoam plates and pencils. Instead of ink, we used black and white tempera paint to make a variety of different heart prints on a variety of colored construction paper. The following week the students cut out their heart prints and included them into their own Jim Dine inspired artwork which included oil pastel and watercolor resist painting.


The results were absolutely stunning!

Perspective with Snowmen

IMG_5283Each of my three classes at Huegel are very different from each other and have very different needs. But, as someone who is only there three hours a week, it is hard to differentiate my lessons to meet all of those needs. This is why I liked this lesson so much, all the same materials but meeting different needs and learning around one subject in many different ways.

Let’s start with what each of these three lessons has in common: snowmen, perspective, oil pastels, sharpie and watercolor with salt.

The first group of snowmen is from a second grade class who is able to listen and learn without much behavior difficulty. This class learned about perspective by learning about the horizon line, foreground and background.


IMG_5286 The second group has some difficulty with paying attention for longer periods of time so short lesson on perspective is what was needed. This group drew snowmen from the perspective of laying on the ground.

IMG_5281 IMG_5288 IMG_5289 IMG_5287 The third group is a third grade group and learned about perspective as well as overlapping and drawing off the page.

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Glue and oil pastels – portraits

This art project was inspired by MCPS Art News.

Students first studied the proportions if the face drawing guidelines where facial features should go. Then they practiced sketching their portraits. After students became comfortable drawing their portraits, the drew them onto black paper and outlined the pencil marks in glue. We then waited until the next day when they were dry.

The next day, students used oil pastels to fill in the areas of the black paper not covered by glue. This gave it a sort of batik look.

Some students opted for a more realistic look and others wanted their portraits to be very different or abstract even.

I love all the colors in this one!

Foreshortening with 2/3s

Inspired by Lines, Dots and Doodles.

Getting to the end of the year and students are starting to feel a bit restless. It’s time to start the ‘clean’ projects! Get out the drawing supplies! I try to save most of the drawing projects for last and do all the messy stuff mid year.

For this project, 2nd and 3rd graders copied their hands and feet and drew their bodies so it looked like their bodies were farther away and their hands and feet were really close to the viewer. We learned this drawing technique is called foreshortening.

This one looks like a Simpson’s character!

With all of them up on the wall together, it looks like they are trapped in the school walls forever! No summer for you!