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New lesson for 3rd-5th grader: Oaxacan Animals plus a Tour of Mr. Goecke’s Virtual Art Room

Hello All! I hope everybody is well. Thank you so much for the many pictures of your students’ art I have received! I really enjoy seeing them and the work is looking great. I will now be posting video lessons once a week through my new YouTube channel! I will be sending out a Virtual Lesson Rubric for each lesson that I ask that you fill out. I don’t have that ready yet, but I’m posting the video anyway so students can get started. The due date for all work will be one week after it is posted. However, these are trying times, so I will remain flexible and open-minded to all families’ unique situations. My main goal is for all students to be able to continue to learn about and enjoy creating art from home. Duvall parents can email me completed work at goeckea@dearbornschools.org as well as any questions.

That’s it for now, enjoy the first two videos!

Y5’s, K, 1st, 2nd New Video Lesson!

Hello All! I hope everybody is well. Thank you so much for the many pictures of your students’ art I have received! I really enjoy seeing them and the work is looking great. I will now be posting video lessons once a week through my new YouTube channel! I will be sending out a Virtual Lesson Rubric for each lesson that I ask that you fill out. I don’t have that ready yet, but I’m posting the video anyway so students can get started. The due date for all work will be one week after it is posted. However, these are trying times, so I will remain flexible and open-minded to all families’ unique situations. My main goal is for all students to be able to continue to learn about and enjoy creating art from home. Duvall parents can email me completed work at goeckea@dearbornschools.org as well as any questions.

That’s it for now, enjoy the first two videos!

Welcome to my Virtual Art Room and intro to Symmetrical Butterfly lesson


Symmetrical Butterfly Lesson

3rd, 4th and 5th Comic Lesson

Comics have been around long before our modern day superheroes.  In fact, the first “comic” was produced by a Swiss artist in 1837!  Comics are a form of storytelling through pictures. They became popular in the United States in the early 20th century in the form of “strip cartoons” in American Newspapers.  

Comic artists use panels, or individual frames, to tell their story.  Each panel has a picture and may contain words.  Panels are usually square or rectangular but do not have to be.  Sometimes panels connect with one another in unusual ways. A Google search of comic panel templates will reveal many different ideas.  I have included a couple examples below.  

5th grader Wade, at Lindbergh Elementary, created an amazing comic about the Corona Virus that I have featured below.  He did this totally on his own, thusly inspiring me to design this lesson. Wade chose the theme of the current pandemic and focused on how we can beat the virus with social distancing and hand sanitizing.  Although this is an excellent theme, you may choose any theme you wish for your comic.  Use a ruler to make your panels. I suggest at least 5 panels.  Work first in pencil and add color later. Trace over pencil in black to make it stand out.  It will be helpful to come up with a theme and characters before you start.  If you will be focusing on superheroes, you might consider different ways normal people can be heroes.  

*Wade did his on a computer. You are welcome to do the same if you are skilled and equipped. However, I expect most of you to use whatever drawing and coloring supplies you have around the house.

I would love to see your work. Please send to goeckea@dearbornschools.org

1st and 2nd new lesson!

Abstract Letters

Sometimes it’s hard for an artist to decide what to draw or paint.  Many artists work in an abstract style, more about line, shape and color than a subject.  The following method works great to get you working in an abstract style.  Fill an entire entire sheet of paper with letters and/or numbers. Use letters and/or numbers in different sizes and positions.  Make sure many letters/numbers are connected.  Have some coming right off the page.! If you want to include names or sentences, feel free.  Trace over all of the lines you created with a dark color such as black.  Then, using a vairety of colors, color most of the white spaces in between the letters/numbers.  Use any materials you have around the house. This would make a great painting project, if you have paints and brushes.  Have fun! I would love to see your work. You can send it to me at goeckea@dearbornschools.org

Y5 and K new lesson!

Springtime is a time of new life!  Grass is turning green again and trees and flowers are budding.  Many animals lay eggs beginning in the spring.

Spanish artist Joan Miro created many paintings that were abstract, or didn’t look like real life.  Some of his paintings were non-objective, meaning they didn’t have any object that we can recognize.  These paintings were made up of lines, shapes and colors. 

After looking at the examples by Miro, create your own Miro styled egg.  Start by drawing a huge oval, filling up almost the whole page. Fill the inside of the egg with lines, shapes and colors inspired by Miro.  Use any materials you have around the house.  I would love see your work; you can email it to me at goeckea@dearbornschools.org

Y5, K and 1st Grade Lesson: Snails

Snails like to come out in the Spring after it rains.  Snails have a unique spiral design in their shell. You can make a spiral by starting to draw a big circle.  But rather than closing the circle, keep going around and around, smaller and smaller, until you get to the center.  Next, add a body, head, eye and antennae. Make your snail original by adding lots of patterns and colors. Have fun!


2nd, 3rd and 4th Grade Art Lesson: Alligators inspired by Andy Saczynski

Florida artist Andy Saczynski is known for his alligators.  He uses mixed media, meaning he uses a variety of materials to make his art including recycled materials.  His alligators are painted with bright and lively patterns. Create your own alligator inspired by his work.  As seen in the examples, an alligator can be drawn more easily using simple shapes such as rectangles and triangles.  I encourage you to use mixed media but you can use any materials you wish. Cardboard and other material like wrapping paper and old magazines are great for mixed media and collage.  The first two examples are by the artist while the other two are by students.

5th Grade Art Lesson

5th Picasso Abstract Self-Portraits

Staying at home got you feeling a little mixed up?  Maybe that’s how Spanish artist Pablo Picasso felt when he painted the portraits below.  Not only are they abstract, but the faces are shown from two perspectives or views at the same time!  You ust recently finished a realistic self portrait.  Your next challenge is to create an abstract self portrait in the style of Pablo Picasso.  If you’d like, you can take inspiration from this strange period in time we are all experiencing, being stuck in our homes all day.  I know it has me feeling a bit mixed up! View the examples by Picasso as well as the student examples. Use any materials you’d like.  I’d love to see your finished product.  




K/1st Art Lesson

Spring Birds

Spring is here!  Look out your window or take a walk around your yard and you will notice that the birds are active.  Birds are almost always moving. Draw and color at least three birds showing movement.   Use a roll of tape or other round object (canned food works) to trace at least three circles on  a piece of paper. They do not have to be in a row, you can put them anywhere on the page. You can show movement by drawing the beaks, feather, legs and eyes in different positions.  Color all of your birds and make a background. Most importantly, have fun!


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