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Printed Architecture




My kindergarten students looked at Rizzi buildings, took a second look at La Boca Houses and other interesting architecture.


They created these using Styrofoam printing plates, brayers, and ink.




Gold Rush Buildings



I love finding current working artists who can inspire my students. For this lesson, we looked at the work of illustrator Mateusz Urbanowicz. He is an illustrator, originally from Poland, who lives and works in Japan. He has great videos of him actually drawing his “Tokyo Storefronts” series so the students and I looked at one together.


The students had lots of great questions and loved watching the artist work. For this lesson, I allowed them to use pencil and make a sketch before inking.


Normally, pencil sketches are not allowed for art because of time constraints. We have a “no mistakes in art” rule so any mark you make on your paper is not a mistake and can be turned into something. I think it forces them to trust themselves and think about creative solutions to a mark they decide they do not want.


These images were created in the style of Mateusz Urbanowicz but took on a Social Studies twist when we talked about businesses that existed during the Gold Rush. They created their images of buildings as if they could have been part of a Gold Rush town.

Reflective Architecture



This month is Archtober and our city celebrates architecture through various activities at local venues. I wanted to bring that idea into the classroom so we did this lesson.


For this lesson third grade students created sky and water backgrounds using watered down tempera. They then drew buildings into presto foam and created a print. When the print was done, they folded the paper to create a ghost print.