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Sand Dollar Pattern Watercolor Resist Lesson

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Sand Dollar Pattern Watercolor Resist

This lesson is adapted from the “Psychedelic Sand Dollars” lesson that is in the awesome book Dynamic Art Projects for Children (Denise M. Logan, Crystal Productions 2005) See picture below. If you don’t have this book-GET IT, this is an amazing resource for elementary art lessons and middle school art lessons.! This book has excellent step-by-step directions with photos & student examples. For this lesson, I changed  the mediums to use oil pastels (crayons ok too) and watercolor paints for a FUN watercolor resist painting!

Sand Dollar Painting (11)

Objective: Students will review creating patterns from the basic elements of art (line, shape & color). They will apply knowledge of warm & cool colors to a mixed media painting.


  1. Draw the outline of sand dollars in pencil 5 times on a sheet of 12×18′ tag board-you can use circle tracers if desired. Vary the sizes & positions-have some go off the page. Even have some overlap each other. Sand Dollar Painting (6)
  2. Using oil pastels, trace your lines in warm colors: (red, yellow, orange), create patterns within the sand dollars. Sand Dollar Painting (10)
  3. Using watercolor paints, paint the background in cool colors (purple, green, blue). SandDollarPainting

More Watercolor Resist Lessons:

Handprint Pattern Watercolor Resist

Pumpkin & Gourd Still Life Watercolor Resist

Heart Art Mixed Media

Sea Horse Watercolor Painting

If you choose to use this lesson or to repost it, please link it back to my blog. Create Art with ME


Abstract Art Guitar or Music Instrument Mixed Media Lesson

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Abstract Guitar Mixed Media Lesson Abstract Guitar Mixed Media Lesson

Cubism is an excellent art movement to teach children about abstract art. Abstract are is different than non-objective art (see below). This lesson is geared towards 1st-4th grade students, but can be adapted to any level above 1st grade. I will be adding another post soon about the adapted cubism music instrument lesson I do with my middle school students.

Basic Delivery:

  1. Non-Objective Art- Art that is not representational, containing NO recognizable figures or objects. The elements of art (lines, shape color, etc.) are the main subject.
  2. Abstract Art- In abstract art the artist takes recognizable objects or figures and changes them so they no longer looks realistic. The artist may leave out details, shift the point of view, exaggerate size, simplify or otherwise distort the image.
  3. Abstraction Techniques:
    1. Change the viewpoint, have multiple viewpoints.
    2. Change the colors to unrealistic colors.
    3. Distort the images: shrink, enlarge, stretch, pull, twist, etc.
    4. Cut the image up & reposition it on the picture plan.
    5. Collage additional materials onto the surface.
  4. Look at Pablo Picasso’s painting “Violin & Grapes”. Notice how he has abstracted the recognizable shapes by cutting them up, changing the viewpoint & changed the colors (muted). Cubism is a excellent example of abstraction in art.

Instructions: Abstract Guitar (Length 6-7 30 min. class periods)

Choose an instrument (Saxaphone, guitar, violin, piano, tuba, trumphet) to have as your main subject matter. Symmetrical instruments work the best for this project. I choose guitar, so the rest of the directions are based on on a guitar.


Supplies: 2 sheets of 9×12″ construction paper-diff. colors, glue, charcoal & white pastel, Aqua Net hairspray

  1. Choose 2 sheets of 9×12″ construction paper, I used brown & grey, but really you could use any 2 colors. Paper for Abstract Guitar
  2. Fold the papers in half vertically & draw half of the body of the guitar. half paper abstract guitar
  3. Cut out the shapes while they are still folded in half.
  4. Cut the body in half down the fold line so you have a total of 4 half guitar shapes.
  5. With the same color halves facing the same direction (as in the picture above), use charcoal to color & smudge around the curved edge of the piece that will go in the back. Next use white chalk/pastel to draw an outline only (don’t smudge) around the curved edge. Also on this front body draw a half circle & fill it in with black charcoal. On the next color paper, turn them over so they look like they would complete the body. Repeat the same instructions to the other color halves.
  6. Cut “necks” out of construction paper. My strips were 2″x8″ long, then I used a paper crimper to give it some texture. The kids LOVED doing this part!! You can also lightly rub charcoal along the crimped paper to show the lines better. Make 2 necks. guitar neck
  7. Glue the black edged body to the front body. Also glue the neck onto the bodies. Abstract Guitar
  8. Spray the guitars with “Aqua Net” hairspray to keep the charcoal/pastel from coming off. (This works for all charcoal & pastel drawings!)


Supplies: music sheets (one per child), 12×18″ white Tag board, watercolors, black oil pastels

  1. Pre-cut music sheets into triangles (older children can do it themselves). Do NOT make them all the same! I got my music sheets from our music teacher-she was going to recycle them & I asked if we could have them for collaging.
  2. Give each child 3-4 music sheets. Have them glue them to a 12×18″ sheet of tag board. music sheet collage
  3. Use an oil pastel to draw dividing lines across the background. I told students to follow the edges of the music sheets & continue the line until it hit the edge of the paper. If it looked like the lines were going to run into another music sheet, then just skip over the music sheet & continue the line on the other side. You can even add circles to brake up the space more. collage music sheet
  4. Using watercolors, choose 3 colors to paint the background. Try to repeat the colors without having the same color right next to it. Here are 2 examples. Abstracted music sheet background
  5. Finally, glue the guitars to the background. Play around with placement until you find the most interesting one, then glue it down. Cut off any extra necks that are hanging off the edges.

This lesson was created by Michelle C East. If you choose to re-blog or use this lesson in any way (written or photos), then please make sure to link/credit to Create Art with ME.

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