Art Class

Mrs. Burton

ART is all about using your imagination and HAVING FUN in the process!!!

I sure do miss everybody! Now is the perfect time to relax and CREATE something! Remember there aren't a lot of rules when it comes to Art and using your own imagination!

**Be sure to visit our new TIGER ART GALLERY at the bottom of this webpage to view MBS student artwork. And email me YOUR artwork to add to it!**

Scroll Down to find your Grade Level for awesome projects! I'd love to see a picture of your creations and add them to our TIGER ART GALLERY!


Extra Mother's Day Project Links

Mothers Day Award | Mothers Day Crafts for Kids
Dr Seuss ~ ARE YOU MY MOTHER? Read Aloud ~ Mother's Day Stories ~ Bedtime Story Read Along Books


5th Grade ART Lessons


To my Rocking 5th Graders:

I love you guys SO much and it really stinks that our time together has been cut SO short by all of this :-(. PLEASE contact me if you need ANYTHING...even if you're bored or just need help on your classwork. <3
COOL FLOWER PAINTING VIDEO - double-loading brush technique!

1. 3D Paper Roses

Materials Needed:

  • ANY kind of paper, including old worksheets
  • Scissors
  • Glue (hot glue is best but others will work)

The links below have the full tutorial. MOM would LOVE these on a 3D card this year, or create an entire bouquet and glue onto any kind of sticks or wire.

  1. Draw spiral on 4"x4" piece of paper (make sure evenly spaced)
  2. Cut out spiral along lines drawn
  3. Begin rolling ip from outside of spiral
  4. Keep on rolling til there's no more left to roll
  5. Dab on hot glue to keep it from unrolling


Materials Needed:

  • Pizza Template - Print out using the link here to the left, or simply draw out a HUGE triangle with a curve at the top, and then trace that same triangle just a tiny bit smaller for your sauce!
  • Pencil
  • Fabric in different colors for crust, sauce, cheese, and toppings - I prefer FELT, but anything you have on-hand will work, even an old shirt! No fabric available? Did you know you can sew PAPER as long as you are careful?
  • Needle - as long as your thread fits through the needle it will work (we use thick chenille needles in class because they are easier to hold for beginners)
  • Thread - I use the crochet thread mentioned in the video bc it is thicker BUT ANY thread will work!
  • Poly-fil or cotton batting - (anything you can stuff your pizza slice with)
  • (optional) Puffy paint for toppings
  • (optional) Buttons for pepperonis (this is what we were going to do in class - then you learn how to properly sew on a button, too!)

You will be learning how to SEW 2-3 different stitches with this project, and you'll have a cool Pizza Slice pillow as a result! Watch the video below for instructions.

** I personally prefer to cut the triangle crust on all three sides...not just 2 like in the video. That way all 3 sides have the whip stitch going around.

How to Sew a Pizza!

3. Donut Painting

I wanted to include this AWESOME Donut Painting VIdeo because it's, well....AWESOME!! And check out one of my FAVORITE books, "Arnie the Doughnut" HERE. It is HILARIOUS!
Donut Painting

4. 3D Hand Op Art Drawing

3D Hand Drawing Step by Step How-To // Trick Art Optical Illusion

"Op Art " is art that is an "optical illusion." That means that it TRICKS your eye. There are MANY types of illusions, but this project uses LINES. By putting straight lines right next to curved lines and alternating colors, our eyes perceive the curved lines to be something that is 3D coming out of the straight-lined paper.

Watch the instructional video link above and HAVE FUN!! You can use ANY art medium to color in your lines. You can even write words to fill in the space, but follow the shape of your lines!!
(Think about the example you all like so much on my classroom door!)

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4th Grade Art Lessons


1. Flowers in a Vase

Materials Needed:

  • Paper
  • Sharpie/Black Crayon for Outline
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Watercolor Paint (or anything you want to use to fill in colors

Click the link below for detailed instructions. Use at least 2 analogous colors (those touching on the color wheel) inside each section to paint or color in so the colors blend and give the look of highlights and shadows.

Don't be afraid to get creative and use different mediums such as acrylic paint (fingerprints!) or 3D paper flowers to give your artwork more dimension (see examples down below). Mix and match to make it extra special for Mom!

2. Line Landscapes

Materials Needed:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Permanent Marker
  • Watercolor Paint (or anything you can fill in color with)
  • Paintbrushes

With a pencil, create various areas of landscapes, background, middle ground and foreground. Then using various LINES and PATTERNS, fill inside each of those areas, especially in the foreground. After all the lines are drawn out, trace over pencil lines with a sharpie or permanent marker. Then paint your masterpiece!

Click the LINK below to access more detailed instructions.

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3. Op Art Webs

"Op Art " is art that is an "optical illusion." That means that it TRICKS your eye. There are MANY types of illusions, but this project uses LINES and COLOR. By putting alternating colors inside the curved line areas from dark to lightest using SHADING, it tricks our eyes into thinking that each piece of the web is curved out toward us.

Watch the instructional video link above and HAVE FUN!! (Ignore that it says 5th/6th 4th graders ROCK and are totally ready for this lesson!) Do your best!

5th & 6th Grade Op Art
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3rd Grade Art Lessons


1. Circle Roses

Materials Needed:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie/Black Crayon
  • Crayons or Paint

Click the link below for detailed instructions. After some practice, maybe draw a bouquet of Roses for MOM for Mother's Day and color/paint them her favorite color! You could even fold your paper like a card.

2. Painted Collage Tigers


  • Paper
  • Orange Paint
  • Green Paint
  • Oil pastels or Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Follow the link below for a FANTASTIC full lesson including Rousseau's famous artwork. The video following is a direct link to the drawing instructions given by the WONDERFULLY talented Cassie Stephens.

**If you don't have PAINT, it's ok! You can always use orange and green paper, OR just create your own using crayons or markers :-).

Learn the Elements of Art! While Drawing a Tiger

3. Drawing Stacked Cakes

Materials Needed:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie
  • Crayons or Paint

See the link below for detailed instructions. Make your cake design UNIQUE!

Mmm, mmm! Who doesn't love a great big piece of birthday cake?! Learn how to draw a 3D stacked cake by using simple shapes (ovals) and lines. That's all it takes! And then you can let your imagination run wild and decorate your cake however you want. The sky is the limit!
How to Draw a 3D Birthday Cake - Extension Project
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2nd Grade Art Activities


1. Flower Bouquet inspired by Heather Galler


  • White Paper (the bigger the better!)
  • Sharpie, Black Paint/Crayon/Oil Pastel (for drawing/outlining)
  • Crayons or Oil Pastels (for filling in some sections with color)
  • Watercolor Paint (or any kind to fill in remainder of paper)

Watch video below for full instructions by Ms. Cassie Stephens.

**If creating this bouquet for MOM or GRANDMA for Mother's Day, try to think of her favorite colors to make it personal. Be sure to sign the front of your artwork so she can always remember who it is from, and have fun creating!

How to Paint Flowers with Second Grade

2. Drawing Giraffes


  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Crayons or Oil pastels
  • Watercolor Paints
  • **If you are missing any materials, just use whatever you have on hand!

After drawing your giraffe using ANY of the included links/videos, outline him and color/PAINT him in. Don't forget to draw leaves in the background in case he gets hungry!

Visit the links for detailed instructions. I have included several DIFFERENT ways to draw giraffes, because, like with most Art, there is no "right" way. Choose the way you like best and start drawing!

**This is Mrs. Burton's FAVORITE animal!

How to draw a Giraffe for kids | Giraffe Easy Draw Tutorial

3. Drawing Monsters

Roll-a-Monster Drawing Game
Monsters are fun to draw because they can look however you want them to. There are so many choices sometimes it is hard to choose! Watch the video link above for an example.

**If you don't have any dice, just choose your FAVORITE monster parts from each column to create your monster! Then challenge yourself to make a second monster that is COMPLETELY different!

Watch the book below for ideas...I Need My Monster is one of Mrs. Burton's very favorite books!

I Need My Monster read by Rita Moreno
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1st Grade Art Activities


1. Portrait of MOM

Materials Needed:

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Sharpie
  • Crayons/Paint

Draw a portrait of your MOM using all the things we learned about at school. Remember to do the following:

  1. Head should be oval or egg shape - NOT a circle.
  2. Eyes are HALFWAY down the head
  3. Draw your eyes big enough! "Up-and-over, Down-and-over" like a Rainbow and a frown
  4. Add the extra line at the top of your eye shape for the eyelid
  5. Shine in the eyes
  6. Ears line up with eyes on side of head and are the length of your pinky if you are drawing it life-size
  7. Hair goes at least halfway down on forehead and extends PAST the original head line.
  8. Use different shaped lines for the correct texture and shape of your Mom's hair.

Make this into a beautiful framed gift or a card for MOM for Mother's Day! Sign your name so she can always remember you made it for her!

Teaching Kindergarten how to draw a self portrait

2. Alphabet Soup

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  • Paper (12"x18", 9"x12") *if using a smaller size, just adjust bowl and soup circles accordingly
  • Washable Markers
  • Water/Paintbrush
  • Crayons or Oil pastels
  • Charcoal (optional) or Black crayon
  • Glue

1. Trace a 10 " circle for your bowl on white paper. Trace a second bowl about 7" for your soup on another paper.

2. Draw the alphabet using oil pastels or crayons inside the SOUP circle to create the alphabet soup noodles. Draw letters large, pressing hard (so the oil pastel/crayon resists the paint!) as well as draw some upside down, and backwards and going in different directions with multiple colors.

3. Once drawn and the letters almost filled up the soup circle, draw small orange squares (for carrots) and green circles (for peas).

4. Paint over the letters with a yellow-orange liquid watercolor (creating the broth). Cut out soup and glue to middle of larger bowl circle.

5. On a 12" x 18" white paper, draw straight vertical and horizontal lines for the plaid tablecloth using 2 chosen colored markers (look at pictures for ideas). It works best to draw the lines double so you can paint in between for thicker lines. Then paint over the lines with water to create a “painterly” look.

6. Once dry, glue the soup bowl down on one side of the tablecloth, and a rectangle on the opposite side to be the napkin (~4 1/2" x 9 1/2")

7. Take charcoal/black crayon/black oil pastel and outline one side of the napkin (create the letter "L"), as well as half of the soup bowl (create a letter "C"). This will create a shadow effect and make it look more realistic and 3D. (If using charcoal or pastel, lightly smudge lines to increase shadow effect.)

8. **Optional** For the final steps, glue down a plastic spoon (metal imitation soup spoons found on Amazon) and 2 colored plastic letters (plastic letter beads from Roylco) using a hot glue gun!

3. Drawing Insects

How to Draw Insects Step by Step Easily for Kids
As a first grader, students begin to learn more about insects and their different parts. And it's never too early to introduce SYMMETRY. Parents can show students how their insects should look the SAME on both sides of their bodies. Once you draw the insect of your choice, decorate him with cool lines and patterns, of course!
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Kindergarten ART Activities


1. Flower Bouquet Card


  • Paper (different colors if you have it)
  • Crayons (to color paper or flowers if needed)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
Easy Mother's Day Card

2. Drawing FROGS

Materials Needed:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Crayons/Paints/Chalks/Pastels - ANYTHING to color in the frog
  • Watercolor Paints for Background (or anything you have available)

Watch the book below, I Don't Want to Be a Frog, and discuss the characters in the book with your child. Ask him/her questions about the different animals Frog wants to be and why he can't be them. Then draw the frog step-by-step with them and have them follow your instructions. Make sure the frog is BIG on the paper! Color or paint your frog. Be sure to add an environment around him....grass, sky, clouds, flowers, trees, etc.

I Don't Want to be a Frog - Kids Books Read Aloud
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3. Drawing Butterflies

Teaching Kids to Draw: How to Draw a Butterfly


Pre-K ART Activities


1. Cutting Practice

Go to the link below to print these FREE tracing and cutting practice pages! No printer? Create sheets like the ones at the link on your own paper, using DASHED lines to draw each set of shapes or ANYTHING you choose. Coloring book pictures can work, too!

  • have child TRACE carefully on all the dashed lines with whatever they choose (this is a very important skill for developing control in the hands for both writing and drawing).
  • NEATLY color in each shape with a crayon or paint, remembering to "Color little" (using only FINGERS, not whole hand/arm which results in scribbles outside the lines).
  • practice CUTTING on the dashed lines careful to make it look smooth. Review with them how to hold their scissors properly and to always point the scissors out away from their body, opening and closing. The PAPER moves, NOT the scissors.

Here's a great "How to Cut" instruction video for Parents if you're unsure what to correct!

Scissor Skills | SCHOOL READINESS | How to teach your child to use scissors correctly

2. Troll Hair

Materials Needed:

  • Paper Plate
  • Crayons or Paint (to color troll's face)
  • Googly Eyes (or two cut from paper)
  • Paper for ears and Nose
  • Paper for Hair
  • CHALK (this can be any kind of chalk, including sidewalk chalk)

Click below for detailed instructions. Enjoy the TROLLS book by clicking the video beneath that.

Trolls: Too Many Cupcakes! | Read Aloud Story Time | Shon's Stories

3. Draw a Caterpillar

Tis the season for caterpillars! Spring is here and the insects are out! You could read The Very Hungry Caterpillar book (or see the link below for an awesome animated version of it) and then draw your very own caterpillar and color it any beautiful colors that you want. When you finish, try drawing a leaf for your caterpillar to sit on!

STILL wanting to create? Grab some Play-Doh and make your very own 3D caterpillar!

How to Draw a Caterpillar - Step by Step Guide for Kids and Beginners
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Animated Film
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Email me a picture of your artwork so I can display it here in our new Art Gallery!

Class Schedule

8:20 - 9:00 Super Specials
9:00 - 9:45 CONFERENCE
9:45 - 10:30 3rd Grade
10:30 - 11:15 5th Grade

11:15 - 12:00 4th Grade
12:00 - 12:30 LUNCH
12:30 - 1:15 Pre-K
1:15 - 2:00 Kindergarten
2:00 - 2:45 1st Grade

2:45 - 3:30 2nd Grade

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Past Art Projects...

Your Art Teacher

Mrs. Cory Burton

  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX (GO BEARKATS!)
  • Certified to teach Music K-12, Art K-12, AND General Ed EC-6
  • Grew up just down the road in Needville, where she graduated VALEDICTORIAN of her class
  • Loves to READ anything, but especially HARRY POTTER and other Fantasy books, as well as Crime Novels.
  • Adores doing her own Artwork at home
  • Plays the Flute and Piccolo in her spare time
  • Lives here in Sealy with her husband, Mr. Sterling Burton (our wonderful Sealy Junior High Band Director), and 3 gorgeous and very talented daughters