Monthly Archives: February 2015

Tint and Shade Hearts



I found this lesson on Artsonia. It looked beautiful but when I read the lesson plan, it said three 60 minute sessions. I rarely do extended projects because I do not have room to store them so I modified it.

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I was able to do this lesson in one 60 minute session. The students used 9×12 black construction paper. I have paper heart templates they could use or they could draw their own. I showed them some images of Jim Dine’s work and discussed the artist. We reviewed tints and shades then we jumped right into the coloring of the heart.

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They first drew a large heart in white oil pastel in the center of their paper. They used a ruler as a straight edge to divide the heart and the background into segments.


For each heart section, they colored in a little more than half using a bright oil pastel. They colored the other half of the section white then blended where they met in the middle creating a tint.


For the shades, they used the same method replacing the white oil pastel with a black oil pastel. I encouraged them to use black closer to the heart so that the image would pop off the page.

James Rizzi Valentines


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I went to a CAEA Conference last fall and met fabulous art educators. One workshop I went to was on James Rizzi. The two women who taught the workshop were second grade educators who incorporate the arts into their classrooms on a regular basis. They truly are champions of the arts at their school and in their district. For their workshop, they showed different ways James Rizzi’s art style could be incorporated into various art projects.

Remembering that workshop and using James Rizzi as a springboard, this is how I adapted his work for a heart themed lesson.

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My K/1 students looked at and discussed the work of James Rizzi. I demonstrated how to draw various Rizzi elements. They began with a large heart template and traced around it in black crayon.

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Once the heart was drawn, students could fill the heart with any Rizzi style creature or pattern. The favorites were Rizzi’s “kissie fish” and his birds. Once they finished drawing, they filled in with bright tempera paints.