Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Watercolor Center

In my elementary art room watercolors are a staple. We use them all the time, so I have a counter dedicated in my room to the watercolor center.

It has always been a challenge to get the students to clean up their tray the way I want, so I created this poster as a guide! 

Not only does this show how I expect the trays to look at clean up, but it also reminds my students of the few watercolor rules I am constantly going over.

Here is a little more information about how I set up my watercolor center:

I started with these 6 trays, one for each table in my room.
On each tray I put some paper towel so students can blot off extra water.
In the middle of the tray is a large bucket. I have the old round tubs that Crayola Model Magic used to come in
- similar to what is pictured below-

but any large, sturdy plastic container will do. Another great choice is Folger's coffee containers.
On one side of the bucket I have four brushes, one for each student at the table.
On the other side are the two watercolor trays.

In my room they have to share the paint tray with the person sitting next to them.
This helped me cut down the initial cost of buying all of the 16 count sets. I couldn't stand the basic 8 colors - not enough variety for how often we use these!
Now I just buy the refills and have even rearranged the colors to be in rainbow order to help my younger grade levels find what they need.

Don't forget to complete your watercolor center with your very own rules poster! Download your own copy for FREE here.

Poster Freebies!

Here are some posters/signs I have created throughout the years that I am finally getting around to uploading! Enjoy and let me know what you think :)

 Click here.

Saturday, February 18, 2017


I've worked extremely hard on creating this BINGO game to use as a sub activity, especially on those last minute absences. Easy for any adult to run and fun for all ages! Head on over to my TpT Store to check it out and purchase a copy for your own art room :)


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Georgia O'Keeffe Landscapes

Third graders are starting their landscape unit with a focus on Georgia O'Keeffe's work. Here is a preview of the lesson.

Look forward to the full lesson write up in my TpT store coming soon!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017

Throw Kindness Like Confetti Bulletin Board

Just a simple placeholder bulletin board while I get some artwork ready!

I love using inspirational quotes.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Fourth Grade Painted Paper

Fourth graders were working hard today on their patterned painted papers! Each table got a different set of colors to use with a variety of scrapers for adding texture. These papers will ultimately turn into the background of their color wheel project.

I will post the final results with the color wheel 'eyeball' glued on top when complete!