GFS/JWL Elementary Art

2021-22 School Year

Sub plan Oct 1, 2021

Welcome to our Art Website. There are lots of changes in store for this site, especially due to COVID. Many more additions will be made at the result of student input and request in the first 2 months of our school year this fall. Stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the content in place.

Enjoy our End of the Year Art Video with music by some of our students.

Liquid Tempera Paints or ... Squeezy Paints

This video will give you tips on how to mix colors AND how to keep your plate (palette) clean.

Making things look 3-D

Using value to show form

Follow along while trying pastels, crayon, or watercolor

Lots of Valentine video drawing fun from our friends at Art Hub for Kids.


And Art Projects for Kids offers tips on drawing cursive letters with highlights.

Winter Tree Tape Project.pdf

Watercolor Winter Tree with Tape

Holiday Drawing Projects

Both of these links will go to these internet sites (off of the web page). Plenty to do in both.

How to Draw Spooky things for Fall Holidays - click on the picture

Enjoy these How To Draw directions from Kathy Barbro's web site.

You can find directions for other things to draw here:

https://artprojectsforkids.org/halloween-art-projects/

INKTOBER is here!

This list of drawing ideas is published every year. Are you up for the challenge? Can you do all 31 by Thanksgiving?

Write the date and the word on each sketch.

You can do inktober sketches on separate papers, in sketchbooks, on napkins, old envelopes, whatever you want.

You can also draw with whatever you want - doesn't need to be ink - can be pencil, crayons, colored pencil, paint - you name it.

June 15 - 19 Free Choice and Summer Art Challenges

Week of June 2 - 8

Sometimes you want to make art but you don't know what to make it about. That happens to artists often. These games can help you come up with new ideas.

Week of June 8 - 12 FIELD DAY!!!

Week of May 26 - June 1

Paper Engineering

Learn how to make a paper pop-up mouth and then put your imagination to work turning into whatever you'd like.

Making your own sketchbook or journal is easy - paper, scissors, rubber band. Start sketching! Or you can write and illustrate a book today.

Drawing from Observation

Get better at drawing what you see in real life.

I tried to create a 'go pro' camera by strapping my phone to my head. It was silly and ... a little uncomfortable. See the results in this flower video.

Up for some Origami?

I'm still building our Origami page. But here is a bird that has some good practice steps.

It's challenging, but stick with it.

Week of Tuesday, May 12 - May 19

Cardboard Extravaganza

Join me while I try to figure out a fun cardboard project to entertain myself AND the squirrels in my backyard.

Great tips on the sculpture page.


Week of May 5 - 11

Drawing page links are filling up - check them out!

Email me with requests for what you'd like to learn how to draw hdavid@ledyard.net

Week of April 20 - May 4 - choose something to try from the menus above

I am working on uploading lots of how to draw directions, new videos, and instructions for fiber arts. It's taking a while to make sure you can open the things I post. Keep checking back to see more content.


Visit our Online Art Galleries at Artsonia.com Type our 06335 zip code in the search box and you'll arrive at our GFS & JWL sites.

Looking for things to do when you're stuck at home?

I will be posting links, videos & photos of art related activities while we're shut down. Please check this site frequently to see what's new.

V drawing sheet.pdf

On the eve of our first e-learning day, here's a drawing activity that will warm up your creativity.


I bet you can think of more than just 6 things with a V-shape to them. If you discover more ideas, send along a picture of them to me at hdavid@ledyard.net.

It's Friday! Does it feel like a Friday to you? Today's Art project is a game to play with a partner. It includes mystery and surprise! You'll never see a shape in quite the same way again. Take a photo of how it turns out and send to me at hdavid@ledyard.net.

circle challenge 2 page.pdf

Here's an Art Challenge for the weekend. Either print out the circle sheet on the left or find something round in your house to trace circles with onto a paper. Now ... challenge yourself to turn those circles into as many different things as you can. How many will it be? And if all you can think of is donuts ... how many different donut toppings can you come up with?


By the way - I'm still learning how this web site works. Like you, I'll be trying to see if I can print sheets off of it, too.

Is anyone beginning to feel a little frustrated or anxious about being stuck at home? Today's activity tells you about a painter named Munch (pronounced Munk) who painted all about feelings. Sometimes we can use color, shape and line to say things that we're not sure how to say with words.

This activity is good for all ages - even grown-ups. Looking forward to posting my finished artwork tomorrow. Send me photos of your artwork to hdavid@ledyard.net. Include your name and teacher. If I get enough photos, maybe I can make a movie of them.

Here's my synchronized guy drawing that I made with my husband. I was looking around the house for texture. I used a cooling rack for his shirt and a cheese grater for his pants. Look around your house for things you can lay paper on top of and rub with crayons or pencils.

Synchronized Drawings are surprise drawings you can do with a partner. You can never be sure what's going to happen. That's spontaneity! Find a fair way to see who will lead first and then switch halfway through your creation. I bet you can find lots of things in your house that have symmetry. Send me a picture of what happens to: hdavid@ledyard.net.

And, if you can't remember what symmetry is - watch this video.

Here's how my Hand Monster turned out. He seems pretty excited about dance class. That horizon line behind his legs helped me put him in a room. Adding a door and a clock helps it look like it's indoors. Using a blue/green backpack right in front of that horizon line helps me create space in my drawing. You can do all these tricks, too. Do you think he's upset because he has to wait longer to be in his recital?

Turn your a hand tracing into a Monster. You need paper, pencil, and something to color with if you want. Oh, and a hand.

Want to share what you made? Email a picture to me at hdavid@ledyard.net. Include your name and class code. I'd love to see it.


Here is the hand drawing video from last November.

Yesterday's completed fish drawing. I got some good ideas from your pictures when some of you put something in the middle. Thanks for the inspiration for my singing seastar.

Relaxing drawing that anyone can do. All you need is paper, pencil or marker, and something to color with if you want color.


Want to share what you made? Email a picture to me at hdavid@ledyard.net. Include your name and class code. I'd love to see it.

Here's an Art Bingo Board that a colleague posted. Can you get 5 across in any direction?

Think about making a journal while you're stuck at home. Put in some drawings or writing about what you're doing. Years from now, your friends, your children & your grandchildren will be curious about how you spent your time at home in 2020.

This year brings about some exciting changes to our Art program. All students will have Art at the GFS campus and enjoy the well stocked Art room there. Ms. David will teach all classes at GFS and JWL.

Link to Incredible Art Department Site for sketchbook ideas

Don't forget, great art making often means using messy materials. Almost all of our art supplies wash out of clothing, but keep that in mind when dressing on your Art day.

Wish List:

bottle caps, metal cans (especially coffee can size)

interesting recycled doodads - we want to make a sculpture set like this

Introducing T.A.B. Teaching for Artistic Behavior

T.A.B. focuses more on the process and appreciation of making and looking at art and a little less on the product. Students learn about habits of mind such as persistence, developing skills, expression, observation and envisioning - just to name some of them - while creating art.

At JWL we are doing a modified T.A.B. program. Students are given an assignment with variables and it's up to them to choose the direction they want to go in. Technical skills are introduced and reviewed.

Students at GFS are given some choices of materials while working on their technical skills. Some drawing/painting assignments are open-ended while students discover what subjects they like to make art about.

Artsonia on-line student galleries are beginning to take shape for the 2019-20 school year. Please consider giving permission for your child to have a portfolio account. The company is very safety conscious and parents currently enrolled in the program tell me they are happy with the features that allow them to share artwork electronically with family members. There's also a shop if you'd like your child's artwork to appear on products you can order.

*Look for permission slips to go home by mid November if you haven't already signed up.

Color Film - February 2020

First Art movie of the 2019-20 school year.