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HELLO from Mrs. Richards!!!!

I miss you and can't wait until we can meet together at school again. In the mean time, lets keep doing art! Art is a wonderful way to practice meditation, relaxation, creativity, and express emotions. Until we can meet again in person I will be posting art videos each week on my newly created youtube channel. These lessons will keep the kids learning the curriculum they have been working on through the year and give them as close as possible to the experience they would have been having in class. Videos will be labeled with week number, grade number, and subject matter. For some weeks there will be a lecture AND project, for some weeks there may be only a lecture or only a project. If there are both, watch the lecture first, and then the project. I would love to see pictures of student art (whether my projects or anything else)! Please email me pictures or questions at Click on your (or your child's) grade in the tabs above to see the videos and pritables. 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades are with Mrs. Black. For supplimental lessons and ideas, check out the other widgets on this home page.

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The Artful Parent

Projects with Kids


Mrs. Richards - Grades 2, 4, 6

2nd Grade

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2nd Grade Week 2

2nd Grade Week 1


Molas Printout

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4th Grade

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4th Grade Week 2

4th Grade Week 1

6th Grade

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6th Grade Week 2

6th Grade Week 1


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Mrs. Black


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3rd and 5th Graders -- WORD WALL

I think it would be fun to keep doing WORD WALL! This is what I will do! We will keep trying to add new words to the word wall as usual. Which means on Monday for 5th graders or Wednesday for 3rd graders, you can email me ONE word for the word wall. I will let you know if it can go on the word wall--that it is on my list and hasn't been chosen yet. And I'll keep carefull track! ALSO, something NEW. I will give a treat for any specific, really good Art words that you find in any of my online lessons and slideshows, whether they are on the wall already or not. But just ONE each person, each week. You can email me at Remember, ONE word on MONDAYs (5th) or WEDNESDAYs (3rd). Have fun! and think "ART"!!!

A slide show for everone!

This is a slide show I made from a book called "Art Is...." It shows how many different kinds of art there are around us--even things we haven't really thought of as Art. And Art should make you THINK!

Try this fun art project you can do at home! We do this in 3rd grade Art. You can order this NATURE PRINT PAPER from Amazon (link below). We use keys, leaves, chains, earrings, combs... lots of household ideas! Simply place the flat objects on the paper and expose to sunlight; after a 1-2 minute exposure, slip the paper into a tray of ordinary tap water for a minute, then blot dry. The exposed areas turn a rich blue, with unexposed areas remaining white and middle tones appearing as shades of blue. Kids love this! Think: Art, Science, and Photography!


Hello, Canyon Rim Artists! Art can be a great way to express your feelings and channel your energy! Remember one of our art styles is "Expressionism." And when we talk about "Perspectives" we are talking about our "point of view" or how we look at things. We also have talked about how Art can send messages! So, create some Art!

Mrs. Black - Grades 1, 3, 5

NaturePrint paper Art Project

1st Grade


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Hello, First Graders! In first grade we learn about three kinds of Art: Still Life, Portraits and Murals. I'm going to make a YouTube video about these lessons that you can watch! And I'll put up some really fun ideas for each of these lessons. I hope you have fun! And do LOTS of Art!

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Week 2 MURALS What is a MURAL?

A MURAL is three things -that make it different from other works of art. 1. It's BIG! 2. It's painted on a WALL or a CEILING. 3. It tells about HISTORY or PEOPLE or COMMUNITY. In first grade Art Class we all work together to do a mural of Canyon Rim Academy on a huge piece of paper like the kids in the picture. What kinds of things would YOU put in a mural about our school? As you look at these murals remember to check: Is it BIG? Is it on a WALL? Is it about PEOPLE or HISTORY? Then it's a MURAL!!

We see a lot of murals in ancient Egypt. This one is painted on the walls (and ceilings) of a tomb!

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Still Life Lesson and Still Life Tulip Art Project

Watch the YouTube lesson on Still Life Art! What makes it a Still Life? "THINGS ON A TABLE!" I'll show you some examples of Still Life Art and then we will do our own STILL LIFE TULIP!


Here are kids working on a MURAL!

This mural is about KIDS and SCHOOL and LEARNING! Can you see it's on a WALL?

A Mural of Mexican History!

3rd Grade

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We have three lessons (three weeks) to learn about Ancient Rome ART and ARCITECTURE. First we'll talk about the Ancient Roman Empire and work on a map. We'll discover why an ARCH is so strong and how an AQUEDUCT works. The next lesson will be about FAMOUS ROMAN BUILDINGS and we'll design our own! The last lesson will be about the BYZANTINE EMPIRE and BYZANTINE MOSAICS! And hopefully we will be back in school by then to work on our own MOSAIC. Watch and know these words and concepts: ARCH, DOME, AQUEDUCT, ARCHITECTURE, MOSAIC, BYZANTINE and THESE IMPORTANT BUILDINGS: The PANTHEON, the COLISSEUM, and the DOME OF ST. PETER'S, all in ROME, ITALY; and the HAGIA SOPHIA in ISTANBUL, TURKEY.

Ancient Roman Art and Architecture Slideshow/Lesson WORKSHEET

This map shows the size of the Ancient Roman Empire. The Empire is shown by the dark gray areas. If you want to print the worksheet and color it with me, that will help you learn. We'll be talking about this map in the slideshow lesson. Listen to the slideshow lesson to hear instructions and more information about this worksheet.


Elements of Art Booklets

LIGHT is the last Element of Art in our booklet. We learn about light and shading! We don't have our booklets with us, but here is what you can do. I'll post the LIGHT page so you can print it and do it while you watch the slide show. Later when we are back at school, you can glue your paper inside your book if you choose.

Light and Shadow page from Elements of Art Book

These three videos are included in the lesson presentation. You can also watch them separately. In these clips we learn about the vocabulary, how to blend with our pencil, and how to shade a sphere.

You can print this page below or you can work on a blank piece of paper. Then follow along with the slideshow lesson. The 3 videos you see on the side are included in the slide show.


Roman "Pont du Gard" AQUEDUCT in France

This Roman AQUEDUCT is in Spain

Light and Shadow page from Elements of Art book

5th Grade

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Famous Artists Slideshows

I'm going to share some of our Famous Artists with you that we would normally do in our Famous Artists books. If you want to, you can still take notes on a piece of paper, and when we get back together, we'll glue the notes -- and the thumbnails-- in our books. After the slideshow, I will give you a fun project to do. You can keep it at home or save your projects to put in your 5th grade portfolio when we go back to school.

What is POP ART? POP stands for POPULAR. The word POPULAR has to do with PEOPLE. POP ART is art that has to do with things that a lot of people know or enjoy: food, famous people, things you buy, things that are familiar to most of us.

Andy Warhol was enthralled with Hollywood celebrities, fashion, and style and by the early 1960’s these interests were reflected in his artwork. Borrowing images from POPULAR CULTURE, Warhol’s “Pop Art” paintings were characterized by REPETITION of everyday objects such as soup cans, Coca Cola bottles, and 100 dollar bills. He also began painting celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and Elizabeth Taylor.

Andy Warhol POP ART Project!

Try this fun Art Project in Andy Warhol Style! Below are several different pages to choose from. Or you can make your own. (At the end of the slideshow are some ideas of things you can repeat four times and colorize them.) I chose DESSERTS! They are for sure POPULAR! It's simple: just watercolor or color with crayons or markers. Make sure you use different colors on each section. There are some examples at the end of a finished project. Enjoy!

Sorry about the slideshow in 2 parts! After the slideshow lesson, watch this clip:



Or you can design your own!

Picasso Faces Art Project