I thought these were so cool on our Lower School bulletin board. Cathy Hicks did a fabulous job with her students and this mixed media lesson. They water colored the background with a crayon resist technique to add details.

She taught a lesson on cityscapes. The students had to draw them out using foam trays and create a template to make an edition of the print on different colors of papers.

Then they had to mount them to make them stand out. Creating a super layered effect. I saw them and just had to share them with you all!

Other blogs that have similar lesson plan ideas:




Resources for Printmaking Techniques and Processes:




Who invented printmaking?
The process is believed to have been invented by Daniel Hopfer (circa 1470-1536) of Augsburg, Germany, who decorated armor in this way, and applied the method to printmaking. Etching soon came to challenge engraving as the most popular printmaking medium.
When did printmaking begin?
The most common relief prints are woodcuts. Printmaking originated in China after paper was invented around AD 105. Relief printing appeared in Europe in the 15th Century, when the process of papermaking was imported from the East.
Thanks, Cassie for the cool lesson idea and Youtube tutorial!

Thanks Cathy for letting me share your kids art!

I just love the rich watercolor in the background. For full details on how to create this lesson see link below.

http://2soulsisters.blogspot.com/2017/03/how-to-draw-3d-valentine-hearts.html Have posted on this earlier this month. The lesson was such a success that I wanted to share all of the hearts that I could on the blog for everyone to see!

I hope you feel inspired by these hearts because I know I was =) 1969

These were super fun to create with my classes and they were able to eat their subjects. Ha! You gotta love that added bonus. Cassie Stephens did a fabulous job on her video that she shared on YouTube. We watched it and then got to work on our own 3D hearts.
We used 12 x 18 white drawing paper, water color, baby oil, Qtips & oil pastels. Watch the video. It is great and will help to explain the details to your kiddos.
I got tickled at some of the words that the kids chose to write on their hearts.
Some didn’t want to write words and that was OK too!
Sax Liquid Watercolor in the bottles gave a rich feeling to the backgrounds.
Baby Oil was really cool in blending the oil pastels.
This lesson was a huge success for all involved.

Thanks for dropping by…And a huge thank you to Cassie for posting such a great video!
Cassie, if you are reading this…we are trying to get our act together and make a Soul Sister Road trip to Art Scouts this summer! to be continued…. 1969

I ran across this website:
Have you ever heard of The Imagination Box? If not, look up Diane Pagan on social media. She has some really cool ideas to share on her PLN.
 Teachers Pay Teachers
I ran across this worksheet below and decided to do a mini lesson with my middle schoolers to see just what they would produce. The Toucans were a hoot! Loved them. Each one was very unique and had an individual personality. They used:
Drawing Paper 9×12
Sax Water Color – Liquid
Prang Watercolor
Oil Pastels
*mixed media
Hope you too are Soaring into 2017 with our CrEaTiViTy!

How fun are these? So, I was looking around on Pinterest and saw these Candy Canes. I followed the link to here:
Got inspired and wanted my kids to create whimsical candy canes using some elements and principles.
12×18 white paper
Black Sharpie
Mr. Sketch markers
paint brushes
water bowls
watercolor paint
Create 3 or more candy canes with pencil
Make in interesting composition
Candy canes need to touch all edges
Use patterns
Overlap candy canes
Jazz it up
Get creative
Ever wondered how they make candy canes?
Check it out- 1969
Have you ever wondered about the history of candy canes?
Enjoy…Merry Merry
Each year at different times during the school year I find it so much fun to teach a lesson on snowpeople and watercolors. So do a lot of other art teachers! I ran across many Art Education Blog post on this very lesson. Take a look when you have a chance because it might spark something fun just for your classroom and kiddos!
See some links below:
Each student was given the same information
White Paper
Need 1 Snow Person
What will be in your background….(brainstorming ideas and mediums)
What perspective will your snowman be in
Draw in pencil
Outline with black sharpie
Take a non permanent marker and trace the snowman
Use paint brush to let the paint smear / run /  blend
Be sure to add details: scarf, hat, mittens, arms, facial features…etc
Some even wanted to use the salt technique for the background.
Others wanted a crayon resist effect behind the snowman.
You see, each kid was given the same directions and none of the snowmen are alike. They are all unique and different. Each one has it’s own personality.
Some students had paper horizontal and others were vertical.
I love lessons like these that let kids be kids and create and build on past units.
Every kid was successful….thanks for dropping by ~ 1969

So, I was going through my digital files and found these from 6 years ago. I did a James Rizzi Unit in Art Camp. This is such a fun artist to cover. Right now in my middle school art club we are covering him. I will post those photos soon in the blog.

  • 12×18 drawing paper
  • Sax Liquid Watercolor
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil
  • Paint Brushes
  • Water Bowls
  • Erasers
Direct Instruction–teacher directed
Guided Discovery–student discovery
Inquiry–series of divergent questions to generate learning
Group Process–cooperative groups, Think-Pair- Share, etc.
Project–research, presentation, performance, etc.
Evaluation—self, peer, or instructor
Media/Technology—Web-based instruction, Software, etc.
Here are some other blogs that have posted lessons on James Rizzi
We have blogged on James Rizzi before here in the links below:

James Rizzi (10/5/50- 12/26/11) was an American pop artist who was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He had an animated art style, rich in detail and expression, and a massive following. The simple black lines with bold dashes of color make a perfect style to imitate.

Pop Art or “Popular” Art: a movement characterized by the imagery of consumerism and popular culture Characterized by bold, simple, everyday imagery, and vibrant block colours, it was interesting to look at and had a modern “hip” feel.

Enjoy and get your Rizzi on….1969

This lesson was well received by the whole school. I had photos of our Head of School from our webpage. The students learned about Picasso and how to make the face have 2 angles. A good resource was Teachers Pay Teachers https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Art-Lesson-Picasso-Face-Roll-and-Draw-Sheets-595660

We also searched Art Ed Blogs for many resources 

12×18 Large piece of watercolor paper. Tag board works too
Watercolor paint (Sax Liquid Watercolor)

The results were fabulous. These were made into note cards for our Maclay School’s Headmaster to use.

Enjoy – 1969