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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

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Mrs. Richards - Grades 2, 4, 6

2nd Grade

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2nd Grade Week 7

Week 7 Assignment

Your last assignment for the year! Can you believe it!? Your last art project is a field trip! With the help of a grownup, visit one or more of the buildings in your architecture book and use the last couple blank pages to make sketches, write observations and questions, and document your visit!

2nd Grade Week 6

2nd Grade Week 5

2nd Grade Week 4

2nd Grade Week 3

2nd Grade Week 2

2nd Grade Week 1


Week 6 Printout

Cassins Finch

Cedar Waxwing

Red Tailed Hawk

California Quail

Black Capped Chickadee

Molas Printout

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4th Grade

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4th Grade Week 7

Week 7 Assignment

Last week of art for the year! Can you believe it!! This weeks assignment is to paint your GARGOYLES! Everyone's gargoyle has been fired in the kilk and will be ready to pick up at the end of school along with your other items from your homeroom teacher. In class we would have used GLAZE to paint our gargoyle and then put them back in the kiln. At home you can use regular ACRYLIC paint or even FINGERNAIL POLISH! Here's informaiton on painting pottery at home: One way to decorate your bisque is by using acrylics. Painting ceramic bisque with acrylics has a lot of benefits to it, and you definitely want to consider this if you’re looking to really make your pottery shine. Acrylics dry super fast, compared to other types of paints. That means you won’t be waiting a long time to apply more coats after that. Some benefits to a quick-drying paint job include the following: You don’t have to spend as much time on it You’ll be able to add more coats and layers You’ll be able to create a wonderful piece in half the time They can be used in thin washes or straight from the tube Acrylics can be used in different ways, which brings about that added benefit of versatility. Thin washes like watercolors Straight from the tube such as oils They can have washed and then painted over them without disturbing them Acrylics are also really good for beginners too in order to bring forth a variety of different benefits to your pottery pieces and to help them really shine. How to do It How do you paint your pottery? Well, there are a few ways o do it with bisque pottery, and the ways to do it are as follows: Get your tools, including acrylics, paint brushes Brush off the paintbrush to get any of the extra powder from the bisque stage off, and if there are rough areas, sand them with sandpaper Apply paint to the object, and do it thinly over the surface. Start from dark to light colors since it won’t blend the areas Work the fine details in order to bring out the contrasts to the object Drybrush this by painting the acrylic, and from there, paint it to that which is almost dry Brush the details out, and use a quantity of light paint to create the illusion of light being cast upon. You can brush the surface with gentle strokes, or harder strokes to create a weathered look, highlighting it Don’t apply too much to this, and then press the flat of this over a sheet of roll with your thumb Let this dry until it’s leather-hard, and then cover with a stain to help seal, and fire it Now, you don’t have to stain the piece in the final step, but it might be of help to you on a DIY level if you feel like you need to add a little more to it.

4th Grade Week 6

4th Grade Week 5

Print and Fill Out Design Worksheet for Illuminated Manuscript Project

4th Grade Week 4

4th Grade Week 3

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4th Grade Week 2

4th Grade Week 1


6th Grade

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6th Grade Week 7

Week 7 Assignment

Last week of art!! Can you believe it?!? The assignment for your last art project of 6th grade has one important rule: THERE ARE NO RULES. Romantic artists belived that art in its truest and most perfect form came straight from the inspired mind of the artist without influence from people and their rules or expectations. Including art teachers!!! Sor for your last assigment, I want YOU to decide what to make. It can be ANY MATERIAL, ANY SUBJET, ANY STYLE! Let your imagination and inspiration run wild! (but not so wild that you get in trouble with your grown up at home, haha!) Email me at with your creations!

6th Grade Week 6

6th Grade Week 5

6th Grade Week 4

6th Grade Week 3

6th Grade Week 2

6th Grade Week 1


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Mrs. Black


Minecraft Self Portraits!

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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!


Art Project Instructions (explained in detail in slideshow/lesson video)

Portrait Project with crayon rubbing and watercolors! (explained in more detail in slideshow/lesson video) 1. Draw a portrait or a self portrait. 2. Do crayon rubbings in all the different parts of your portrait. 3. Watercolor paint over the whole thing!

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!


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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WORKSHEET -- and Slideshow/Lesson

Use the Worksheet on the Byzantine Empire below. (You can print it out, or just take notes on a paper.) Follow along and fill it out during the slideshow/lesson video. Remember, you can pause the video lesson anytime to finish writing or even rewind. Watch and know these words and concepts: BYZANTINE EMPIRE (BYZANTIUM), THE HAGIA SOPHIA, MOSAIC BYZANTINE ART is typically: rich, dazzling, uses flat figures (not very 3D), and religious symbols.

ART PROJECT -- ROMAN MOSAICS! Hopefully you now know what kind of ART a MOSAIC is. The Romans were really good at decorating their homes and temples with MOSAICs. You can adapt this Art Project that we do in the Art Room to one you can do at home. Using graph paper (with squares like in the example ) is the easiest. BUT you don't have to have it. I'll give you another idea at the end. 1. Outline a dog or a cat. Follow the pattern and the edges of the squares. (See picture 1) 2. Glue little squares around the outside for a border. Use ALL ONE COLOR for the border. (See picture 2) 3. Fill in the animal with ALL ONE COLOR of squares. (you can do a different color collar on the cat or nose on the dog. 4. Last, fill in the background with ALL ONE COLOR. (See picture 3) A different idea: 1. Draw and outline of a cat or a dog. 2. Fill in the outline by gluing torn pieces of colored paper. All one color or similar colors. 3. You can fill in the background with torn pieces of paper too. Keep them the same color. Make it different than the color you used for the cat or dog. Add a border if you want.

Week 3 FAMOUS ROMAN BUILDINGS: the Colusseum and the Pantheon

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Use the Worksheet on Roman Architecture (#1) below. (You can print it out, or just take notes on a paper.) Follow along and fill it out during the slideshow/lesson video. Remember, you can pause the video lesson anytime to finish writing or even rewind. Watch and know these words and concepts: ARCH, KEYSTONE, DOME, AQUEDUCT, ARCHITECTURE, MOSAIC, BYZANTINE and THESE IMPORTANT BUILDINGS: The PANTHEON and the COLISSEUM

ART PROJECT! Let's design our own building! Read through the worksheet (#2) below. We are going to design and draw the front (facade) of a building. Get a paper, pencil, ruler, and protractor-- or any other things that will help you with lines and shapes . Think about the architecture elements we have been talking about: ARCH, DOME, COLUMNS, PILLARS, etc. What will your building be? A library? Museum? State Capital? a Mall? a school or a university? or a House? Give your building a name.


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, KEYSTONE, DOME, AQUEDUCT, ARCHITECTURE, MOSAIC, BYZANTINE and THESE IMPORTANT BUILDINGS: The PANTHEON and the COLISSEUM, 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.

Watch the slideshow/lesson on Ancient Roman Art and Architecture! QUESTIONS: *** What culture or people's art did the Ancient Romans admire and sometimes copy? *** What kind of Art were Romans best at? *** What makes an ARCH so strong? *** What is an AQUEDUCT? *** How does an AQUEDUCT work? (By the way there are a LOT of ART WALL words to find!)


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.


WORKSHEET -- It goes with the Slideshow/Lesson

The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey

Art Project Picture #3

Art Project Picture #1

Art Project Picture #2

Use this worksheet with the Slideshow/Lesson

Coloring Page!

What you need:

Let's design our own Building! Art Project

Roman "Pont du Gard" AQUEDUCT in France

This Roman AQUEDUCT is in Spain


Looking into the top of the aqueduct

An aqueduct carries water. It works by slanting down hill so the water travels down.

Light and Shadow page from Elements of Art book

5th Grade


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Fifth Graders (from last year): In April I mailed in your entries to the OCTA CALENDAR CONTEST. The winners this year are: Scarlett Ransom Sophie Winterton Jane Hunter Grace Leavitt Beckham Allred Camille Bird Brooklyn Evans CONGRATULATIONS! I am so proud of you! and SEVEN winners means our school won half of the prizes!! The actual cash award (and a copy of the calendar) is usually sent to the school in the Fall. I have heard back from almost all of the winners. If you are a winner and are not at CRA for 6th grade, I will do my best to track you down and get your $50 and calendar to you! Mrs. Black

Week 3 VINCENT VAN GOGH and IMPASTO style of Painting

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. Also there are some really cool and fun (and short) YouTube clips to watch at the very end!

What is IMPASTO?

Van Gogh was known for his thick application of paint on canvas, called IMPASTO. An Italian word for “paste” or “mixture”, impasto is used to describe a painting technique where paint (usually oil) is laid on so thickly that the texture of brush strokes or palette knife are clearly visible.

Van Gogh is SO COOL to learn about!

There are A LOT of movies, books, and other stuff out there about van Gogh! I really REALLY like showing my students this clip from "Dr. Who." They time travel to show Vincent how popular and famous he became! Also there are some really cool and fun (and short) YouTube clips to watch at the very end!

Directions for the Sunflower Art Project

1. Click on the "Van Gogh Sunflowers Art Project" link below to choose 5 different line patterns. 2. Go to the 2nd page "Roll a Masterpiece." You can roll a dice to choose the line patterns to use (Or if you want to just choose a pattern from each column, that works, too. Just pick 5 different line patterns)

3. The Sunflowers Art Project Youtube video just above show you how to create your own sunflower picture with your 5 line patterns. You can also try to paint some sunflowers with really thick paint! (Mix some flour into your paint). These two YouTube clips are just for fun! They are both about Starry Night!


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.

Sorry about the slideshow in 2 parts! After the slideshow lesson, watch this clip: (Pop Art Lesson)----->

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!



A Close up of van Gogh's IMPASTO style

Or you can design your own!

Picasso Faces Art Project