Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Paul Cezanne and Color Theory


In elementary art classes this week, we combined lessons on Paul Cezanne with an autumn theme art project - apples. Paul Cezanne (1839- 1906), was born in France. Cezanne used layers of color to build up surfaces. Most of Cezanne's work is considered post-impressionism. He produced over 900 oil paintings and 400 watercolors. We studied Cezanne's still life paintings and made our own apple paintings. Upper elementary traced apple shapes (or could choose to draw their own) and created backgrounds using lines, patterns, and watercolor paint. 


In high school art we continued our study of COLOR THEORY. Students mixed primary colors to create secondary and tertiary colors. With those colors they painted a color wheel. Students went on to mix primary colors, plus black and white to create 100 unique colors. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Completed mural, DOT day and perspective drawing


We completed our elementary art mural. It is on display in the hallway of the elementary building. It turned out great! I love seeing all the unique and creative artwork. 

September 15th is International Dot Day - In upper elementary art we studied Wassily Kandinsky, a Russian painter and printmaker. He was one of the most important 20th century artists. He was a major innovator in modern art and painted some of the first modern abstract works. One of his most famous works is a color study, Squares with Concentric Circles, which goes well with our "dot" day lessons. 
Lower elementary students listened to the story "The Dot" by Peter H. Reynolds. We created artwork featuring "dots". 


In high school art we continued our study of the elements of design, focusing on SPACE and TEXTURE. We studied one-point and two-point perspective. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Mural...almost finished


We are continuing work on our elementary art mural "God is Love". I have 4 elementary art classes to complete this week, as I was out with a cold last Thursday and Friday. 


The high school art students are working through the elements of design. We have completed the study of LINE, SHAPE, VALUE and we are currently studying SPACE. We are working on one-point perspective drawings and practicing how to draw shapes as forms using one-point perspective. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

God is Love


In elementary art this week we learned about artist Jim Dine. An American artist, born in 1935, he is known for Pop art and the use of heart shapes in his artwork. We talked about how God loves us and love can be visually represented by the image of a heart. We read the Bible verse 1 John 4:7-8. Then, we made hearts...lots of hearts. We are making a collaborative art piece for the elementary building. 


The high school students made some beautiful artwork this week. We studied Japanese Notan. Notan is a term that refers to the Japanese idea of balanced light and dark areas in a composition. We studied/reviewed the element of design - SHAPE.  We talked about positive and negative space, and how shapes can create this in a composition. My high school students made this project look easy. They began by sketching a design to develop the composition, then they transferred that design to a 4"x 4" square of colored paper. They chose their color schemes. Students worked hard to cut the intricate pieces, then they assembled and attached to the final background paper. 

Friday, August 28, 2020

Van Gogh and Giraffes


We made it through the first full week of school! This week in elementary art, we finished our self-portraits. We looked at a self-portrait of Vincent Van Gogh, and talked about the difference between portraits and self-portraits. 

Those elementary students that worked on portraits last week completed a new project this week. We looked at the story Juma the Giraffe by Monica Bond. A very sweet story about how each giraffe is unique and special. We talked about how God's design is perfect, and He made each of us to be unique and special, just like Juma the Giraffe. 


My high school art students have been AMAZING, so patient and kind as we sort out the system of live-streaming. I think we are starting to get into a great routine. We begin each class period designing a Bible Journal page, with a daily verse and devotion. We continued our study of the elements of design with LINE, SHAPE and FORM. 

Friday, August 21, 2020

Elementary Art - Self Portraits


The first week is nearly over and we have accomplished a lot. Elementary art begins the school year with self-portraits. We will end the year with another self-portrait to compare how we have changed and grown. 


High School Art will begin studying the elements and principles of art on Monday. It will also be the first day of live-streaming for virtual students. Please have your spiral notebook ready for your Bible journal and your sketchbook for your drawing exercises. 

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Back to School 2020

There are so many uncertainties during this back to school season, but I do know two things: Back to School 2020 will be like no other AND...God is with us every step of the way. I have included art supply lists for elementary and high school art. Middle school art will be offered second semester. I am excited for this school year!

Elementary Art Class: 

• Pencil bag labeled with student’s name and “ART”
• #2 pencils 
• Pink eraser 
• 1 box of 24 crayons 
• 3 glue sticks 
• 1 box of 12 colored pencils 
• 1 pair of scissors

High School Art Class:

● 9” x 12” spiral bound sketch book 
● Spiral notebook (we will be taking notes and journaling a Bible Verse) 
● #2 pencils 
● Assortment of art pencils with lead density from 6B to 4H (can be purchased at Hobby Lobby, Walmart, or other art/craft stores) 
● Colored pencils 
● Crayola markers (set of 10) 
● Pink Pearl eraser (or other brand similar to this kind) 
● ultra fine tip black “Sharpie” markers 
● Pencil bag or pencil box to hold supplies (labeled with student’s name) 
● Optional - White vinyl eraser, kneaded eraser 
Some of the following items have been difficult to find, so if you are able: 
Students with last name beginning in A-G, please supply a box of kleenex tissue 
Students with last name beginning in H-L, please supply hand sanitizer 
Students with last name beginning in M-Z, please supply a container of Clorox wipes

Thursday, May 21, 2020

End-of-the-Year Self Portrait

Hello my sweet students,

We are celebrating the end of the school year...not how we thought we would, not how we wanted, but we realize that it is in God's hands. It will be okay💗

I will give your classroom teachers your beginning-of-the year self-portraits that you made. Your art work can be picked up with at school with your classroom items and gym shoes. Today's art lesson is your end-of-the year self portraits. You can choose to do a portrait showing only your head and shoulders. Or you can choose to draw your entire body. Attached are two pages that you can use for a print-out if you wish. Remember to start with your head shape, then work your way to facial features, starting with your nose, then eyes and mouth. 

I love you all, and miss you terribly. 

Artwork by Jeffrey Duty (3rd grade)

Artwork by Chan (first grade)

Artwork by Jacob (third grade)

Thursday, May 14, 2020



You have been doing such an awesome job! This art project might be more of a challenge.......what is this?? I can't wait to see what you come up with.
Remember, you can turn your page upside down or sideways! BE CREATIVE! 
There are no wrong answers! (share your artwork with me at I will post on this blog for an online art gallery)

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

God's Creatures

My students will tell you that I am not particularly fond of two of God's creatures. Spiders and snakes! I shudder just thinking about them. But, I can admire their beauty at a safe distance.
Here is a story for my sweet students: guess what Mrs. Harrison saw on a recent walk? A big ol' snake. He was huge! With the beautiful markings of a copperhead. This is not an actual picture of my new friend, as I did not get that close. He looked exactly like this photo.
Dispelling the myths surrounding copperhead snakes
So, as a tribute to my encounter with a snake, this project is all about snakes. Let's see what pretty colors and patterns you come up with.

Crayons, colored pencils or markers
String or yarn

1) Print the template provided, or draw your own on a piece of paper or a paper plate (paper plates work great!)
2) Color and design your snake with patterns and shapes.
3) Cut out the snake. 
4) Attach a string to make the snake into a mobile. Attach to the tail with tape or a hole punch. 

I provided a color copy as well. If you want scissor practice, this is good for younger elementary. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2020



This Think Outside The Box is for Mother's Day! Use the printout or write the word "MOM" and see what you can turn it into.
Remember, you can turn your page upside down or sideways! BE CREATIVE! 
There are no wrong answers! (share your artwork with me at I will post on this blog for an online art gallery)

For older elementary students, if you prefer to write instead of draw - how about making an acrostic poem for your mom?

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Mother's Day Projects

If we were still going to school, we would be busy making all sorts of Mother's Day cards and art projects. It makes me sad to miss those moments in person, but there are some amazing projects that you can print for your child to complete at home.

I love a fill-in-the-blanks Mother's Day card. For the little ones, this will require someone helping them fill in the blanks, but their answers will be well worth it! 

This is THE most adorable directed drawing art from artsforkidshub. He has a video that your child can follow to make a mommy and baby otter!

After you finish drawing and coloring, attach a card to make a gift for Mother's Day:

Thursday, April 30, 2020



I miss you all so much! Seeing your artwork really brightens my day! I hope you are doing well, staying healthy, and being creative. I am praying for you and your families.

If you have access to a printer, you can draw directly on the printout. If you do not have access to a printer, just draw this shape on a paper and draw away! BE CREATIVE!
There are no wrong answers! I will tell you what the shape is NOT and you figure out what YOU think it is... (share your artwork with me at I will post on this blog for an online art gallery)