Daily Art Lessons for Distance Learning

The Art Teachers at Spartanburg School District Six love and care for your children. We want to encourage your creativity and artistic development while you are learning at home. Please see the daily art lessons below for fun and learning with visual art! 
Check back daily for new lessons! Parent, there is no need to go purchase supplies for any of the lessons. These lessons all use basic materials you can find around your home!
Click below for our fist lesson about Dr. Seuss!
This month marks the 116th Birthday of Dr. Seuss.  To celebrate, let's look at some Dr. Seuss characters and then create one of our own.  
Click here for a read-aloud version of Dr. Seuss'  There's a Wocket in my Pocket .



Click here for a drawing instruction sheet to draw your character.



For Elementary Students

Follow the directions on the attachment "Seuss Style" above to create your own character.  Add a background to show what your character does and where he or she hides.  You can even write a rhyming poem about your character.  Don't forget to give it a name.


For Middle School Students

Think of something in your home or classroom that makes a weird noise or a place you avoid.  Draw a picture Seuss Style of the creature who causes the noise or lives in the place you avoid.  Give plenty of background details to show the setting.  Add a short poem that explains what the creature does, and give it a name.


For High School Students

What Seuss like character lives inside your most recent tech purchase?  It could be a gremlin in the phone, an appliance, your laptop....

Create a detailed sketch of the character, where exactly he/she/it hides, and what he/she/it does to wreak havoc on your life.  Do not include words in your drawing.  You may give it a title.



Extra Fun:

For Directed Drawing Seuss Characters: 



student drawing of a character student standing with drawing of a character


Did you know Beatrix Potter, the highest selling Children's Book author and illustrator of all time, was quite the rebel?  What did she do?  She put clothes on animals.....Shocking!  To learn more about this forward thinking and innovative artist, click the link below.  



Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter       

For Elementary Students

Look outside – what signs of spring do you see? Write about your observations (what you notice) and draw them. Add color to your drawings and complete your landscapes with all the details to share with me when you return to school and the art classroom.  
Look at the illustration above to draw your own version of Peter Rabbit.
For Upper Elementary and Middle School Students
Draw pictures of the animals that you see in your neighborhood. What wild animals and insects do you see? What pets do you see?  Do you have any of your own?  Draw all that you observe then add details and color.  You can even add clothes!  Bring your drawings to art class when we next meet.
For High School Students
Beatrix Potter's style was unique for her time because she gave human characteristics to animals.  Sketch an animal or inanimate object giving it human characteristics.  Is it mischievous like Peter Rabbit or naive like Jemima Puddleduck?  What visual characteristics can you give your object or animal to show its personality?  Give your character a setting/background for context.

For Elementary Students

Robots are becoming a valuable tool to make life easier for humans. The robots we have today are not like the ones we see in the movies. In the movies robots have personalities and feelings and can think on their own. This is completely fictional, but fun to pretend. Watch the video Real Life Robots.  Your assignment is to use the robots in the video for inspiration only. Don’t copy them. Come up with your own robot. First, think about what you would need the robot to do. What is the robot's job?

Next, design a robot in a way that would help it do its job. If your robot’s job is to repair the bottom of ships while they are in the water, how would that robot need to be made? What if it was a nanny robot? So, decide on the job, then design the robot. Use your practice paper first. Try to make the robot fill the page. 



For Middle School Students

Design a robot using the instructions above.  Try to give your robot some personality and expression. Think about its face and its body language. Draw your robot to fit the size of paper you have. You may want to add a background.  Watch the video Outlines, Edges, and Shading and try to shade your robot to give it form.



For High School Students

Is it important for robots to look a certain way?  Of course it is!  Design a marketing campaign for the next big thing in robotics.  What does the robot look like?  How will it be sold, and to whom?  You can create a sketch for a logo, the actual robot, the print or web ad, the copy ("Just do it"), or all of the above.  What is the role of the artist in marketing?



Have you ever wondered how artists come up with their ideas?  Some artists are inspired by events and people around them.  Some artists love to draw everything they see.  Many artists are inspired by nature.  Almost all artists keep a book or journal for their drawings and ideas.
For Elementary Students
Make a small sketchbook from a single sheet of paper.  Use your favorite ideas from the 30 Day Drawing Challenge to fill it with your own unique drawings.  Then check out the video below about author and illustrator of the Wimpy Kid books, Jeff Kinney, and his process for generating ideas.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21qi9ZcQVto     (How to make a book from a single sheet of paper)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dS4slnQMeio   (Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid)
For Middle and High School Students
Artists use sketchbooks to brainstorm, to plan, to doodle, and to document events and their feelings about them.  Create a sketchbook or journal that documents your experience this past week schooling at home.  Use the ideas in the 30 Day Drawing Challenge to get started, or sketch your own ideas.  Don't have a sketchbook?  The video above shows how to make one from a single sheet of paper.
For even more inspiration, watch the video below from the Tate Museum about sketchbooks of famous artists.
30 day drawing challenge prompts
30 Day Drawing Challenge by Ellen McGee, Mrs. McGee's World
book image: Pocket Full of Colors

Mary Blair was an American female artist, designer, and animator.  To learn more about Mary, watch a video about her career and projects for Walt Disney.  Read about her in “Pocket full of Colors,” by Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville, then create one of the assignments below.



Read Aloud


  • Elementary: Draw a castle or large building that you imagine visiting, or have visited. Using bright colors, decorate the outside of the building with geometric shapes, like squares and circles, and organic shapes, like flowers and leaves.  Add a background with sky and clouds.  Draw people in the foreground (large because they are closer to you), even yourself!
  • Middle School: Imagine creating a ride for Disneyworld – what would you include? Plan by sketching the ride then add contrasting colors, like Mary Blair, to emphasize images that you think about most.  Then use values of blues and greens to complete the composition.  Use paper or recycled materials to construct a small scaled sculpture of your ride.
  • High School: Mary Blair and Walt Disney created a ride for people to experience what it might be like to travel around the world. As students of District Six, we represent many different states and countries. How would you portray your family’s origins?  Would it be a tour of Spartanburg, Mexico, or Eastern Europe?  Plan on paper, sketch, write about it, create a song or dance to go along with it, create a collage of images (digitally or on paper), and even create a 3D version.  Feel free to combine media to achieve the desired effects.
toucan image

Rain forests are forests that are extremely wet because of the large amounts of rainfall they receive.  These forests are important because of the large number of unique plants and animal species found there.  Rain forests also contain many unique bird species found nowhere else in our world.  Hundreds of rain forest plants are used in many medicines and many food sources have been discovered in rain forests as well.

Click here for a read-aloud version of: “Secrets of the Rain Forest”, by Danielle Taylor. 
For a virtual field trip of the Amazon Rain Forest
Click here to explore South Carolina's NEW Z-learning at Riverbanks Zoo

For Elementary School Students:

You can gather ideas from the picture above and also from the video on, “Secrets of the Rain Forest” to write down some animals you recognize.  Pick an animal or bird that you would like to sketch using your paper and pencil and share some of your ideas with others.  Have fun talking about rain forests with others.


For Middle School Students:

Right outside your window you can see trees that are beginning the growth of new leaves and grass that is changing to a wonderful green color.  You can also observe some birds that may be outside near your window.  Look at the picture above of the rain forest bird – the toucan, and check out the video.  Draw your version of a rain forest bird and share it with others.  Use your pencil to add more details or give your art some color.


For High School Students:

Choose your favorite rain forest animal or bird to sketch.  Consider what the animal's habitat looks like from the perspective of the bird or animal.  What does the tree look like to the tree frog?  To the bird? Create your composition from the perspective of your chosen animal or bird.

For Elementary Students
miscellaneous objects color wheelA color wheel is a chart that helps artists use color families in their work.  The colors of the color wheel are organized in the same order as the rainbow.  Look around your house for objects in primary and secondary colors.  Then arrange them in a circle in the correct order.  (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet)
Click the link below to learn a fun dance and song about primary colors with OK Go
Feel like a story about colors instead?  Click below for Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
For Middle School Students
Marker color wheel
Create a radiating design using primary, secondary, and intermediate colors.  Try to mix the secondary and intermediate colors using only the primary colors.  For instance, to make yellow orange use only yellow and red crayons.  Or if you prefer, use any media you have.  This color wheel is marker on aluminum foil.  Be creative!  Have fun!  A radiating design is one that is the same all the way around from the center outward.  
(red, red-orange, orange, yellow-orange, yellow, yellow-green, green, blue-green, blue, blue-violet, violet, red-violet)
For a cool science experiment about color check out the video below from Sick Science
Cheryl Brickey color wheel quilt 
For High School Students
Local artist and quilter, Cheryl Brickey is both an engineer and quilt pattern designer.  Her understanding and knowledge of color is essential to her designs.  Create a radiating design, quilt square design, or mandala using your favorite color family or color relationship.  Complementary colors are across from each other on a color wheel.  Analogous colors are located next to each other on the color wheel.  Use any media.  Check out Mrs. Brickey's website for more of her cool designs.
Design from leaves and rocks      Nature Mandala by Shelly Pruitt Johnson
All Grade Levels
Radiating designs are patterns that radiate or are the same from the center outward.  Yesterday we made color wheels which are a type of radiating design.  Today, spend some time outside observing the wonderful patterns and colors of spring.  Create a radiating design from the things you find outside.  
Check out this radiating design made by artist Jon Foreman:
15.  Play with your food!  Make art next time you're eating a pop-tart, slice of pizza, cookie, or toast.  Bite away the negative space (background space) to reveal an animal, object, or even a face.  See if your family can guess what you made.
14.  Research an art career.  What does a food stylist do?  How about a set designer, animator, graphic designer?  There are tons of fun ways to have a career in the arts.  Find out what you would do in the career, what education is required, who you could work for, and how much you would be paid.
13.  Design your dream house.  Now that we've all been cooped up in our homes for a while, think about some things you love about your house and some things you don't.  Design a dream home with all the things you love.  Create an elevation (exterior front view) and a floor plan (diagram showing where all the rooms would be).
12.  Draw in the dirt with a stick.  So simple, and yet so satisfying.
11.  Research your favorite artist or art work.  When did the artist live, and where?  What obstacles did they overcome?  Who inspired them? What makes them famous?  Where is their art work now?  
10.  Plein Air Painting  --is simply painting what you see outside in the fresh air.  Don't have paint?  You can draw or even sculpt.  Making art outside is fun and inspiring.
9.  The Great Shape Hunt:  Instead of hunting for eggs, choose a shape and see how many things you can find that match.  You can make a list instead of actually collecting the items.  Can be done inside or outside.
8.  Make some fruity craft dough.  Combine 1 cup flour, 1/3 cup salt, a package of unsweetened drink mix, a tablespoon of vegetable oil, and 1/4 c. hot water in a large ziploc bag.  Knead the sealed bag until a soft dough forms.  You may need to add more water or flour by the spoonful to get the right consistency.  Dough should be elastic and not sticky.  Store in an airtight container for up to a week.  (GROWN-UP REQUIRED)
7.  Create a Spring Fashion Show:  Design a few silly, gorgeous, or outrageous outfits for spring.  Have access to Grandma's clothes?  Even better.  Design a retro outfit.  Model your creations down the runway (hallways are perfect for this).  Be sure to have Grandma MC and explain those retro styles!  Fashion History is Art History.
6.  Become a nature photographer.  Take a walk outside and notice all the new growth.  Birds, blossoms, sunlight, and plants all make great subjects for photos.
5.  Flipbook Animation:  Create an old school animation by drawing a sequence of simple drawings in an OLD (read: Ask Mom first!) paperback book.  Start with something simple, like a bouncing ball or walking stick figure.  Draw a small picture in the lower right corner of a paperback page.  On the next page, draw the same picture in the same spot, but change it slightly.  On the next page, change the drawing slightly again.  After about ten drawings, you should be able to see some movement in your art by flipping the pages with your thumb.  Research old Disney animation and marvel at the skill and dedication of animation artists before computers.
4.  Recycle Rescue:  Choose something used like detergent bottle, aluminum can, or cereal box.  Create a sculpture using junk that would ordinarily be thrown out.  You can do some Google image research for ideas, or think like an artist and make your own creation.
3.  Mirror Selfies:  Look in the mirror and draw yourself making a silly face.  Or a serious face.  Or  with your most beautiful smile.  You get the idea.
2.  Spring Still Life:  Arrange several objects on a table that remind you of spring.  Draw them from observation.  Add the colors of the season.
1.  Emoji Eggs:  Draw your favorite emoji expression (or create your own) with crayons on a hard boiled egg.  Be sure to use white crayon for the eyes or teeth.  Even though you won't be able to see the white crayon at first, the wax will resist the dye, leaving the eyes white.  Dye your creation in a cup of hot water with 10 drops or so of yellow food color and a tablespoon of white vinegar.  (GROWN-UP REQUIRED)
Have fun doing artful things over Spring Break!  Your D6 art teachers miss you and love you!