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Art Smart: A Lesson in O’Keefe, Art Critique & Pastels

by This is Carrie on March 18, 2011

As the first woman artist and the first American artist we’ve talked about during the Art Smart lessons, I was thrilled to introduce the kids to Georgia O’Keefe’s life and art.  During the critique portion of the lesson, we discussed what made O’Keefe’s flower paintings so unique (the size of the flowers) and what she […]



Art Smart: A Lesson in Seurat, Art Critique & Pointillism

by This is Carrie on March 11, 2011

A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Georges Seurat Even though Georges Seurat lived a short life (only 32 years), his contributions to art made him an icon of the 19th century.  New scientific theories about color, optical effects and perception became the basis for his Pointillist technique. I loved watching the kid’s react to Seurat’s […]



For our first art lesson this year, we talked about Matisse again, this time focusing on the latter years of his artistic life when he cut out shapes from colored paper to make his art.  Matisse called it “drawing with scissors and sculpting with color”. Icharus by Henri Matisse Since we covered the seven art […]



Art Smart: A Lesson in Form, Degas & Sculpture

by This is Carrie on June 11, 2010

For the last second grade art lesson of the year we talked about form. This art element is the perfect one to follow shape since they are so very similar.  Just like shape, there are geometric and organic forms but while shape is flat, form is 3 dimensional. After the short overview of form, I […]



Art Smart: A lesson in Shape, Mondrian & Oil Pastels

by This is Carrie on May 5, 2010

Last week’s second grade art lesson was all about shape. Facts about shapes: they are flat, they are made from “closed” lines, some have names (triangle, square, circle). Shapes that have names are called geometric. Shapes that don’t have names are called organic or irregular shapes. Then I introduced the kids to Piet Mondrian, Dutch […]



Art Smart: A Lesson in Value, Van Gogh & Watercolors

by This is Carrie on April 2, 2010

During last week’s second grade art lesson, I introduced the element of VALUE- the relative lightness or darkness of a color. For a hands on and visual interpretation of value, I had the kids make fingerprint value charts with their watercolors. Then, I introduced Vincent Van Gogh, an artist whose use of value is readily […]



Art Smart: A Lesson in Texture, Durer & Printmaking

by This is Carrie on March 3, 2010

This second grade art lesson included a far more time consuming art project than our previous lessons, so I did not start off with a storybook to introduce the art element of the day as in lessons past.  With only 1/2 hour to teach, I just jumped right into it by showing them this drawing […]



Art Smart: A Lesson in Color & Kandinsky

by This is Carrie on January 25, 2010

Kandinsky Art

Last week was art lesson number two for all the second graders at the elementary school.  I reintroduced the art element of “color” by reading My Many Color Days by Dr. Seuss. I introduced primary colors and secondary colors with a few glasses of water and red, yellow & blue food coloring.  They practiced blending […]



Art Smart: A lesson in Line & Matisse

by This is Carrie on December 15, 2009

After an introductory lesson to art and the seven art elements done by my amazing, advocate for the arts, sister, the second graders got their first official art lesson by me last week. I reintroduced the art element, line, by reading “Harold & the Purple Crayon.” Then we talked about Henri Matisse and how he […]