Choosing What to Paint–Easel Painting with Grades 1 and 2

To become painters, children need many opportunities to explore imagery, color mixing, how paintbrushes make marks.  Easel painting allows children to carve out their own space in the hub hub of the art room.  The physicality of standing at the easel and wielding a brush loaded with color is exciting and dramatic.  With the sweep [...]

Nostalgia–Small Tempera Paintings from Calais Elementary ca. 1987-88

These small paintings were done by children in grade 3 attending Calais Elementary School where I was the art teacher in the late 1980′s.  This was my first teaching position in Maine.   All of these paintings measure 9″ x 6″.  The white art paper is beginning to yellow so this is a lovely way both [...]