One & Two Point Perspective

One and two point perspective drawing techniques are great for quickly increasing students' abilities to draw depth. 

One point perspective is one of my favorites because it looks so exciting!

Two point perspective usually takes more patience and attention to detail.

This collaborative two point perspective activity was a great chance for students to practice the steps and rules of two point perspective with the support of their peers. 

I loved seeing the details students added once they outlined a two point perspective city scene. 

Ceramic Relief Sculptures

6th graders just put the finishing touches on their relief sculpture projects.  This project was started several weeks ago when students created a scene of an animal and its habitat.  Of course, an alien and a human were accepted as "animals".  Students enjoyed this topic and they looked up images in order to create details. 

The projects were fired once then glazed and fired a second time. 

Students were really happy with their creations! 

To add some pizazz to the wire hanging component of the artwork, students made paper beads and chose some store bought beads. 

Making paper beads is simple and easy with magazines or fancy paper.  

Geometric Snowflakes

This simple winter art project is a great project for exploring geometric shapes and symmetry.  It only requires paper and glue, which makes it easy to prepare in a pinch. 

Recommended Supplies
- Each student needs four long thin rectangles 
          (mine are 1/2" x 8" and I used white so it'd be like snow)
- scrap papers for students to share (cool colors - blues, purples)
- glue
- scissors

Students will cut out their geometric shapes making sure they have enough for each "arm" of the snowflake.  When students have most of their shapes cut out, they can begin to glue their design on a background paper. Enjoy!

Self Portraits

Middle school artists are working on abstract self portraits this week.  Their work is in the style of Shepard Fairey.  Students first chose a photo of themselves that they wanted to paint, they put a filter on it, then the image was projected for them to trace the shapes.  Students chose 3-4 colors and have been carefully filling in their portraits.  

These are some of portraits from last year's class. The crazy colors can lose some of the detail, but the colors also help students express a little about themselves. 

Haunted House

Here's a video on drawing a haunted house based on these images from the blog Art Teacher in LA

Also, here's a handout to help guide students in drawing a silhouette of a house.

Annnnnd here's another helpful video about drawing a haunted house!

Sewing Calaveras

I'm so proud of my middle school students for their effort put into these felt calaveras.  We watched this short video to help students discuss the purpose and symbols of Día de los muertos. 

A couple days later we also watched this interview with Tim Burton since he is known for the skeletons in the Nightmare before Christmas. 


For many students, it was their first time sewing.  They first cut out their felt shapes, then slowly began to stitch them in place.  They have really been engaged and working carefully this week to put their calaveras together. 

Stop Motion with Student Actors

This week one middle school class has been experimenting with directing their peers using the stop motion animation process.  I've also asked them to experiment with creating a video by having the actors lay on the ground - in order to have more control of the scene. 

An iPad was put above students using a ladder.  Though it would be better if we could get it even higher.  It looked something like this...

The iPad was also projecting on the interactive TV so that the assisting students and I could see the shots.  Here's one of the products they were able to create.