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I have a wonderful opportunity to teach weekly art to a group of students. These ponds were done at the request of a teacher to go with their grade levels pond unit.

These students get art with me for about 30 minutes each week. I started by telling the kindergartners about Monet and his water lily paintings. They created theirs using oil pastel and water soluble markers which they painted with water.


The next week, we made the green backgrounds. We talked about texture. I gave them green, yellow, and blue paint, forks, and my infamous paint daubers (sponges clipped to a clothespin).

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The week after that, they cut the ponds into a “pond shape” and glued them on the background and added cattails and dragonflies.

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The last week, we added butterflies and frogs. I think they came out just stunning and will be great for their open house celebration.


Alma Woodsey Thomas Rainbows


I really like the work of Alma Thomas. Her art is cheerful and fun with lots of color.

“Thomas became an important role model for women, African Americans, and older artists. She was the first African American woman to have a solo exhibition at New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art, and she exhibited her paintings at the White House three times.”

12718231_1166710770013543_2890480501682841151_nDoing a lesson based on the work of Alma Thomas is a great choice for February and March when we study Black History Month then Women’s History Month. 


It was a great project to supplement the Kindergarten classroom lessons about weather and rainbows.



We did these with my clothespin and sponge paint daubers that I made after seeing them in a preschool classroom.