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Habitats: Rocky Coastal Waters – Acadia is a beautiful national park located in the state of Maine along the Atlantic Ocean. It is a destination your students will love to learn about, while gaining an understanding of the rocky coastal habitat.

Acadia National Park is a fascinating place to visit. This unit contains information specific to the habitat of the rocky coastal waters and connects fun art lessons and science together, while bringing Acadia National Park to your classroom.

Project One creates a beautiful layered mixed media landscape with paints, oil pastels and painted paper details.

What you will need for the landscapes:
  • 12″ x 18″ Construction Paper
  • Tempera Paint, Brushes, Glue, Scissors and Painting Placemats.
  • Oil Pastels
  • Painted Paper
Creating the Landscapes
  • Pick a piece of 12″ x 18″ construction paper and use a pencil to draw basic landforms. Refer to the Acadia photo to draw the foreground, middle ground and background.  
  • Start painting with tempera paints, adding tints to the sky and some glorious shades of blue for the ocean. After the sky and ocean are painted start on the landscape. Look at photos of Acadia landscapes and discuss how the land in the foreground is much brighter than the land in the background.
  • Next, add the details of the landscape with painted paper. Look at the rocks in the foreground and discuss the texture. Are they curved or jagged? Need to make some painted paper? Check out this blog post.
  • Use oil pastels to add more texture to the painting. Children LOVE using oil pastels and get pretty excited when they work with them.    

Project Two creates large painted plant life common to the rocky coastal waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Project Three creates a painted paper lobster with geometric shapes with oil pastel details

Project Four creates a painted paper crab in a mixed media environment

Project Five creates a lighthouse constructed out of easy, basic shapes with fun details

These art lessons are easy to follow while being successful and fun for students. These lessons cover grades 1-4, but any age will love creating these projects with a little guidance.

Each project requires at least 1-2, 40-minute art sessions depending on grade level.

Interested in more directions and step by step procedures check out the full lesson available in the store. Located HERE

Included in this 42 page pdf:

  • Step by step full-color photo tutorials for each lesson
  • Background information on Acadia and lesson subject matter
  • Vocabulary words and learning objectives
  • Supplies needed for each project
  • Reproducible Handouts
  • Reproducible Artist Statement
  • I Can statements
  • National Core Art Standards checklist
  • Vocab cards

Have a “Splashing” good time creating some coastal landscapes!  

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This sea shell art lesson introduces students to the beauty of sea shells while incorporating science. Children will learn about shells while creating fun, colorful art projects. They will use a variety of art supplies while reinforcing language arts and important science terms.

This 17 page-pdf features an easy to follow art lesson, complete with full color photos. Also included is seashell info and two adorable seashell poems. This lesson is great for ages 7-11, but any age student can create a beautiful art project using these directions.

The pdf includes:
Step by step full-color photo tutorial for the lesson
Information about seashells
Supplies needed for project
Seashell poems
Vocab words and learning objectives
Student gallery
Reproducible seashell handout
I Can statements
National Core Art Standards Checklist
Vocab cards
Reproducible artist statement

This lesson is designed so that every child will be a successful artist while reinforcing Science Learning Standards.

Lesson available HERE

Student Gallery

This lesson is a must for any classroom teacher studying shells, sealife, or oceans!

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Kids love the Ocean! Why not bring Biscayne National Park to your classroom while creating some fascinating creatures in their beautiful coral reef habitats? Biscayne National Park is a chain of narrow islands that make up the Biscayne Keys and divides Biscayne Bay from the Atlantic Ocean. Here the coral limestone faces outward toward the sea and a colorful coral reef exists. It is a destination your students will love to learn about while gaining an understanding of a coral reef habitat.
    This unit, which contains information specific to the coral reef habitats, connects fun art lessons and science together. Check out these fun projects.

The first project created is an Octopus using mixed media – painted paper and oil pastels

The second project is a beautiful layered mixed media Coral Reef landscape with paints, oil pastels and painted paper details  

The third project is a mixed media shark common to the habitat of the coral reef of Biscayne National Park

The fourth project is painted paper sea turtles constructed out of easy, basic shapes with fun details

 These various mixed media projects are sure to delight your students. Want more details on how to create these fun lessons? Check out Habitats: Life in the Coral Reef: Biscayne National Park 

These art lessons are easy to follow while being successful and fun for students.These lessons cover grades 1-4, but any age will love creating these projects.

Each project requires 1-2, 40-minute art sessions depending on grade level.

Included in this 23 page digital lesson plan:
Step by Step full-color photo tutorials for each lesson
Background information of each project
Background information for Biscayne National Park
Learning Objectives
Vocabulary Word Wall
Supplies needed for each project
Reproducible Coral Types Handout/ Coloring Sheet
Reproducible Shark Handout/ Coloring Sheet
Reproducible Octopus Handout/ Coloring Sheet
Reproducible Turtle Handout/ Coloring Sheet
Facts about Sharks Information Sheet
Student Galleries for each project
National Core Art..

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If you love to put your toes in the sand and hear the crashing waves then these are a couple of mixed media art lessons to warm your heart! In our school year, one topic that always is a huge interest with my students is learning about  Sea life and Ocean Habitats.   

The first project is Tempera Paint Starfish with Oil Pastel Textures.

This popular project is easy, colorful and creates  success for all students. The neon paint was a hit with the kiddos, and who doesn’t love the creamy feel  of creating with oil pastels?

  The second lesson is a colorful chalk Starfish.  

Exploring with different types of materials is fun for students and keeps their attention.  Grab a color wheel, liquid glue along with some bright chalks when starting this fantastic 2-day project.  

Lesson available in the Shop.

This 29 page-pdf features 2 easy to follow art lessons, complete with full color photos. Also included are starfish facts and an adorable poem. These lessons are great for ages 6-11 but any age student can create beautiful art projects using these directions. These lessons are designed so that every child will be a successful artist all while reinforcing Science Learning Standards.

The pdf includes:
Step by step full-color photo tutorials for both lesson
Starfish info and facts
Vocabulary and learning objectives
Supplies needed
Student galleries
Reproducible Starfish Stencil and Starfish Ideas Handouts
Reproducible Artist Statement
Vocab cards
I Can statements
National Standards

Thanks for stopping by and keep on creating!

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Students created these fabulous flamingos with construction paper, painted paper, oil pastels, feathers and tempera paint.

What you will need
  • One 9″ x 12″ piece of pink construction paper for the flamingo’s body
  • One 6″ x 12″ piece of pink construction paper for the neck and head
  • Two 4″ x 6″ piece of pink painted paper for the beak and feet
  • Four – 1″ x 12″ pieces of pink construction paper for the legs
  • Scrap painted paper or construction paper for feathers
  • Glue, Scissors and Pencil
  • Paint brushes, large round for making the painted paper. See how to create painted paper here.
  • Black tempera paint for beak
  • Pink Feathers
  • One 2″ x 4″ piece of white paper for the eye
Making the Flamingo Body:

Create the body out of 9 x 12 pink construction paper.
Add a curvy neck with head. TIP: make sure to have the neck be 3 fingers wide. ( you know, little ones tend to work way to small so I suggested the thickness)
Create the legs from strips of pink construction paper and the feet from painted paper cut into two triangles with “w” claws.
Add a curved beak with the 4 x 6 painted paper, then paint the end of the beak with black paint.

Adding the Details

Paint feathers or irregular shapes on the body with pink tempera paint. To finish the flamingo add fun pink feathers and create an eye out of white paper then glue down.

Glue down onto large display paper and paint fun, tropical leaves and ripples in the water.

National Geographic has a slide show all about flamingos. Check it out HERE

Also, check out this adorable book that shows different silly movements by an sweet flamingo. Connecting literature to art is a perfect extension to an activity for kids.

Enjoy creating!!!!

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The warmth of a sunny spring day brings out all of Mother Nature’s beauties. Celebrate spring by creating these delightful painted paper tulip gardens.

Supplies Needed
  • White drawing paper (90# heavyweight)
  • Pencil
  • Black liquid watercolor in a spray bottle
  • Square pieces of painted paper in various colors for tops of flowers
  • Strips of green painted paper for stems
  • Glue sponges
  • Scissors
Creating the Stems

Use previously painted paper in shades of green, cut into thin strips. Gently dip into moistened glue sponges and apply at the bottom of a horizontally positioned piece of white drawing paper. Need to make painted paper? Check out the directions here

Adding the Tulip Tops

On the back of previously painted paper, cut into small squares, draw a “u” with a “w” on top. Make sure to use the entire piece of square paper so that you get large tulip tops to glue onto the stem. When you have your tulips cut out, tap the tulip top with the painted side up into the glue sponge. This will hold the tops down on top of the green stems. Overlap your flowers for an interesting look.

Adding the Sprinkles

With black liquid water color, spray lightly across the tulip garden to give added texture and dimension.

Simple techniques such as liquid watercolor in a spray bottle adds a creative flair.

Gallery

Keep on Creating!

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American artist Andy Warhol (August 26, 1928 – February 22, 1987) is one of the most famous artists of modern times, reaching celebrity status not only for his artwork but his quirky personality as well. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Andy moved to New York City to become a commercial illustrator. He worked in a wide range of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and film; and was a founder of the 1960s Pop Art movement, a style influenced by mass produced goods and popular entertainment.

Supplies Needed
  • White Drawing Paper
  • Pencil
  • Black and Yellow Tempera Paint
  • Medium Round Paintbrush
  • Placemat
Drawing the Moon

Use a pencil to draw a crescent shaped moon. Add a half circle for the eye, a simple nose, and lips for mouth. Make sure to draw lightly until you get it right. Once you are happy with the moon and its detail, retrace your moon shape.

Painting the Moon

Use a bright yellow tempera paint and fill in the moon shape. Make sure not to paint over the eye.

Outlining the Moon and adding Stars

With black tempera paint outline the eye, curved eyebrow, and lashes. Next, begin at the top and add short dashes following the curved edge of the moon. Next, add simple stars in the background with black tempera paint. Let dry.

Display It

Display the moon by surrounding it with large painted stars. Splatter some white tempera paint on large sheets of black paper for the background.

Keep Creating!
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Supplies Needed
  • One 7 x 9-inch piece of watercolor paper for the background
  • Tray of Watercolors
  • Paint brush
  • Water container
  • Painting Placemat to protect table
  • Course Table Salt

Tip: Using watercolor paper is the key to a bleeding effect on the paper. Make sure to apply course table salt not regular salt to paper.

Create A Rainbow

Paint the beautiful colors of the rainbow, start with the yellow watercolors then add the warm color paints orange and red. Next, add the cool colors of green, blue and purple. Once all the colors were applied, add one color to the background area.

Adding the Salt

Once the rainbow and background colors were painted, immediately sprinkle course table salt on top of the wet watercolor. The salt absorbs the colorful paint and leave white marks on the watercolor paper. This simple trick will sure to delight. Let Dry. Brush off salt over garbage can once paper is completely dry.

It was so fun to see all of the beautiful rainbows the kids created.

The end result was visually stunning! 

Happy Creating!

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Need a little bouquet to brighten your day? Try creating these Impressionistic style flowers inspired by the artist Berthe Morisot.

Simple art materials, such as tempera paint, construction paper and paint brushes are the tools used to create your own mini masterpieces. My sweet artists, ages 8 and 9 years, created these in a 50 minute session.

Berthe Morisot was an outstanding Impressionistic painter who created landscapes, portraits and still-life paintings. She was often critical of her own work, and was not allowed in many places her male friends were allowed. Even though Morisot was discriminated against, that did not stop her drive to become a successful artist and leave a permanent mark on French art.

We enjoyed making these and I am confident your little artists will too!

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