2nd Grade Cityscape Paintings!


2nd graders have assumed the role of architects and city planners, tasked with designing their own cityscapes. First we looked at photographs of different buildings in NYC to identify the various shapes they are comprised of. Then they drew their own buildings and sky details using sharpie and oil pastel. Lastly, they painted a wash over the sky and the buildings, observing the resist between the oil pastels and the watercolor. The results are stunning!

(Artists L to R, top to bottom: Antoinette, Nylah, Isabella, Jeut, Jolissa, Kawan, Talique, Kaisuke, TJ) 

**Hot tip: if your kids seem interested in architecture as an art form, read them Iggy Peck Architect by Andrea Beaty.

It’s a terrific story with even better illustrations. If you like what you read, you’ll be happy to hear that Iggy Peck is part of a series including other titles such as Ada Twist Scientist, and Rosie Revere Engineer. ENJOY!


Art Unit Descriptions!

Below you will find links describing each unit of the year in art for grades K-3. Topics and projects are always subject to change based on student interests and project ideas that occasionally appear to me out of thin air. However, this will give you a pretty good idea of what your students will be doing in art this year. Enjoy!

Kindergarten Unit Descriptions for 2017-2018

1st Grade Unit Descriptions for 2017-2018

2nd Grade Unit Descriptions 2017-2018

3rd Grade Unit Descriptions for 2017-2018


Visit the Whitney Museum of American Art!

dreamlands-2…and take your kids to straight up to the 5th floor to see…

Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016

This exhibition explores the connections between art, technology and cinema. The galleries  display  work from over 30 artists who work in a wide range of media.

“The works on view use color, touch, music, spectacle, light, and darkness to confound expectations, flattening space through animation and abstraction, or heightening the illusion of three dimensions.”-Whitney Museum

The installations are really immersive and thought provoking.

Ask your kids…

-How is this artwork different from other artwork you have seen? How is it similar?

-How do these artists represent people? Do they look like the people you see every day? Why or why not?

-Which artworks are realistic? Which ones are unrealistic? How can you tell?

-What is your experience with technology? Can we use technology to create art?


This is just one exhibition of many fabulous galleries at the Whitney, so go and spend the day!


The Whitney Museum of American Art

99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014


How-to Collage Book by Eric Carle!

EricCarle  HungryCaterpillar

I have been a huge fan of books by author/illustrator Eric Carle ever since my Kindergarten teacher read us The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I enjoyed the stories he wrote about nature, animals and friendship but I was truly captivated by his brilliant collage illustrations.

Part of what makes Eric Carle’s illustrations so special is that he hand paints all of his collage paper before cutting out the shapes he uses to create his characters. This creates unique textures, with expressive strokes that make his illustrations even more memorable.

Colorful tissue papers on display at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts.

In 1998 Eric Carle decided to share his technique with the world by publishing his book You Can Make A Collage. In You Can Make A Collage, he walks readers through his process, including the steps he takes to conceive of his stories and characters, the sketches he makes, the papers he paints and his collage process. Additionally, each book includes a selection of hand-painted papers by Eric Carle himself.

This book is a highly inspirational learning tool for any young artists, illustrators, and authors. Find a copy at your local book store, grab a pair of scissors and some glue and start illustrating!


Scissors Practice!


For the last two weeks, Kindergarten and 1st grade artists have been learning to use scissors. Cutting with scissors is an important skill that students will use in just about every class they take in school. The skill comes easy to some, but is a struggle for many others at this age.

When I first introduced scissors in art class, I told students not to worry if they found it challenging at first. I explained that we are training the muscles in our hands to move the way we want, which can take time. Along the way, we can pick up some helpful tips that will make cutting much easier. If you would like to practice with your kids at home, here are some of the tips I provide during art class. Hearing the same language at home that they do in art class will really help reinforce the skill and soon it will be muscle memory!



  1. Thumbs up! 

Often when kids are cutting, they end up twisting their hand around so that their thumb is pointing down. This gives their hand less control over the direction of the scissors and it can start to cramp up. Remind them that their thumb should always be pointing up by saying, “Thumbs up!” whenever you see their thumb start to slip.

2. Stop at the corner and turn the paper! 

Cutting a sharp corner on a shape or a zigzag line can be really challenging to students. When I demonstrate, I have them notice that when I get to a corner I stop and turn the paper with my other hand before I keep cutting. This keeps corners nice and sharp.

3. “No alligator bites!”

Something I emphasize about scissors safety is that students should never be cutting towards themselves. To explain this, I tell students that scissors are like an alligator with sharp teeth that can bite! You want your alligator to bite along the line that you drew, but you don’t want him to bite you. This means that his teeth should always be pointing away from you. I remind students to turn the paper if they notice they are cutting towards themselves by saying, “No alligator bites!”. This reminds them to turn the paper and continue cutting away from them.

Below are some helpful cutting worksheets with various lines and shapes for kids to cut out! Click on the number next to each picture for a large printable image of the worksheet. Good luck and have fun!

1Scissors Skills


3Line cutting

Children’s Museum of the Arts!




If you and your child are looking for an exciting art adventure, the Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) is a great place to visit! CMA offers visiting children with opportunities to view artwork as well as make it!

Exhibitions are geared toward children’s interests. Currently on view is an exhibition titled “If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home”, a group exhibition that explores maps and mapping as a form of art. Artists in the exhibition reflect on the history of cartography and the use of maps by early explorers and then take the idea to the next level. The exhibition includes fantastical depictions of imagined spaces, rich with compressed information in the form of symbols and keys. Artists interpret the use of mapping in a variety of ways to make sense of the world around them.


Children who visit also have the opportunity to make artwork of their own. The museum offers daily workshops, lead by CMA’s teaching artists, giving visitors the chance to experiment with and explore new materials and techniques inspired by the exhibitions on view.

In addition to the daily workshops offered in the museum, there are also after-school programs and all-day workshops offered during  NYC public school vacations and federal holidays. Learn more at the CMA website.


Regular Hours:

Mondays: 12-5 PM
Tuesdays & Wednesdays: Closed
Thursdays & Fridays: 12-6 PM
Saturdays & Sundays: 10 AM-5 PM

Admission Price:

Ages 1-65: $12
Seniors (65+): Pay As You Wish
Ages Under 1: FREE
Members: FREE

**Pay As You Wish Hours: Thursdays from 4-6 PM**


103 Charlton Street, NY (West Village)