Monday, December 7, 2015


Second grade students have been studying symmetry. We created symmetrical Ming Vases based on a lesson from Miriam at

First students studied Chinese vases and vase shapes found in China. We then created our vases. We colored them with blue oil pastel and then painted over them with white paint. We created 6 designed based on some traditional Chinese design. We used plants, trees, flowers and shapes (organic and geometric). Then once designed were planned, we etched designs into our vases. Check out the photos:

As an extension, we began to work on symmetrical "kite" designs.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

3-D Cities, Texture, Watercolors, and Native Australian Art

From L-R starting at the top: 3-D Cities, Texture Owls, Watercolor Paintings of plants, and watercolor practice sheet 
Native Australian X-Ray art

At Birch Meadow School and Wood End school, 1st, 4th and 3rd graders have been producing a number of works of art.  

1st graders at both schools are currently learning about the art element of texture.  Students learned that texture is the way something feels or the way that it looks like it feels. 1st graders looked at and described different textures.  They created owl drawings and filled the owls with torn construction paper to show implied texture of feathers.  

3rd graders at Birch Meadow have been finishing up a lesson on using warm and cool colors against each other in a painting or drawing. Students learned that when using warm colors and cool colors against each other in a painting or drawing, warm colors appear to advance and cool colors appear to recede.   They created city drawings that show the illusion of 3-D and used warm and cool colors to show advancement and receding in their picture.  

4th graders at Birch Meadow and Wood End learned how to use different watercolor techniques to paint in the style of New Zealand artist Raewyn Harris.  They practiced different techniques and applied them to their paintings.

4th graders at Wood End just began another project based on Native Australian X-Ray art.  students worked in the style of the indigenous people of Australia creating artwork in the style of their "dreaming" paintings.  This lesson was based on an adaption in the book "Culture Smart!" by Susan Rodriguez

Thursday, November 19, 2015


It has been over a year since I have posted anything on this blog.  I would like to make a return to it! Mrs. Erb's Art Page has been neglected since I created a Facebook page and Instagram account.  It is hard to keep up with the social media aspect of teaching.

We are well into the 2015-2016 school year and we have done quite a bit at both Birch Meadow and Wood End Schools.  I have some photos of what we have been doing and will post below.  There have been a lot of changes and two of the most exciting and frightening was the addition of  two 40 minute afternoon Kindergarten art classes and an Adaptive Art class! Unfortunately, K Art is only taking place at the Wood End school for now and Adaptive Art is only taking place at Birch Meadow.  It is very exciting because Adaptive Art and K for me, but frightening because Adaptive Art and K Art are new to me.

Here is what we have been working on in pictures:

In October, K students created some tissue paper pumpkins and collaged them to black paper to create Pumpkins at night.

Pumpkins at Night by Lucas.
I love the tiny man with the telescope!

The second photo is a little blurry, but you can see in both photos, the mixed media skills we worked in.  Tissue paper collage, cut paper (first time using scissors!) and drawing.  They actually came out very good and I was impressed with my kinder artists!

We have done a lot of other projects like learn about primary colors and secondary colors, we created a color wheel, a primary color stamp project, and just last week we worked on Primary Color Playgrounds using Geometric Shapes (only squares, rectangles, circles and triangles were talked about and used) The pictures are below:

Pumpkins at Night, by Luke

Primary Color Playgrounds using Geometric Shapes

In the other grades we have been doing so many projects.  I have yet to take photos, but I will soon and start to regularly post again.  I hope I gain more readers and followers, and will be posting again soon! 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Hello out there in blogging land! It has been a while since I have dropped by this site! I've been posting more with social media as many of the parents in my district are more aware of Facebook, Twitter and even Instagram.  When I do post new projects, I am most likely to post to my Facebook page.  Feel free to drop by and "like" my page!  Click on "Mrs. Erb's Art Page Facebook" to link. 

So here are a few things we have been doing in Reading, MA at my two schools.  I'll list by grade and have some photos. 

Grade 1: We have worked on Primary and Secondary colors,  Pinch Pots, Pattern Cats, & self portraits
Grade 2: has made wampum belts, sand paintings, coil pots, Jim Dine Hearts, & line drawings
Grade 3: Picasso Guitars, Pop Art Fish, Colonial trade signs Quilled paper snowflakes, & Tint, Shade and Tone landscapes
Grade 4: Koru Spiral Plant paintings, Quilled paper snowflakes, Australian X-Ray Drawings, and a 3-D drawing unit.
Grade 5: Worked on gesture drawings and sculptures in the style of  Alberto Giacometti, Quilled paper snowflakes, and one-point perspective shapes and landscapes.

Here are a few images: 

Sand Paintings
Pop art fish

One Point Perspective Landscapes

Tint Shade Tone Landscape
Tint Shade Tone Landscape

Pattern Cats

Saturday, November 2, 2013


Second graders studied artist Alexander Calder in art and their science class. In science, they learned about weight and balance. Alexander Calder was the creator of sculptural mobiles. They were perfectly weighted and balanced.  The moblies often had moving parts. Moving sculpture is called kinetic sculpture. In their classroom, 2nd graders created balanced mobiles. 

In art class, we spoke more about Calder's art work. We looked at some mobile examples and other works like his wooden push and pull toys and his wire circus. We even viewed a video of Alexander Calder performing his circus. 

Later in his career, Calder created Monumental sculptures. He called them Stabiles. In art class, we looked at the sculptures and talked about the differences between stabiles and mobiles. We concluded that stabiles are large scale and do not move and mobiles are smaller and move. 

We created our own versions of stabiles using paper strips. Here are some examples of second graders hard at work: 

Line variety and color mixing

First graders are continuing their study of the art element of line. 2 classes ago, we created paintings of different types of lines using black paint. 

We already know about vertical, horizontal, and diagonal lines and created primary color line paintings using these lines in the style of artist Piet Mondrian. 

In these painting we used all types of different lines and painted them using black paint. We had also learned about primary and secondary colors and used them in our paintings. Children were instructed in painting and color mixing and using our tools properly as well. 

Here are some examples. I will post more when our paintings are finished! 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Lines and Primary Colors

First grade students are learning about the art element of line.  In this lesson we focused on learning the names of three straight lines; Vertical, Horizontal, and Diagonal lines. 

We said that vertical lines stand straight up like a soldier.  Horizontal lines look like they are laying down and taking a nap.  Lastly, we described a diagonal line as looking like it is about to fall over. 

For our lesson, we created three paintings.  In the first paining, we painted only horizontal and vertical lines. In the second painting, we only painted diagonal lines.  In the third painting, we painted all three lines.  We used 8x8 inch paper and I cut small cardboard squares so that the kids can stamp the lines on their paper.  That way, it would ensure the kids were making their lines straight.  Also, stamping is great motor skill practice!  When the paintings were dry, we learned about the Primary colors.  We then added the primary colors using crayons to color in our work. 

Here are some examples of the work.