• There are 6 Steps in the Art Process at the Rogers Elementary Art Studio

    Similar to great Chefs and their recipes, great Artists learn and create by following steps and guidelines. 

    Step 1: THINK & PLAN

    You should write down your thoughts and ideas, look in books and magazines or at other people’s Art, read, sketch ideas, and create a purpose for your Art. Some examples of a purpose are: Tell A Story, Express a Feeling, Explore Something New, or Do a Job. If you were a Chef, this is like a recipe for your meal, figure out your ingredients and what you want it to taste like.

    Step 2: CREATE ART

                Finish what you start! Don’t throw away your Art.

    Use your plan to guide you through the Art Making. Think about what your Art will look like when it is finished and make improvements along the way. Have fun, take your time and give your best effort.


                Find a classmate (or in our current situation, your family or roommates) and share a complement sandwich. Remember, the compliment sandwich has two slices of bread (specific compliments about the artwork) and something hearty and delicious in-between (a specific area of the Artwork for actionable improvement). Yummy. An example would be:

    Compliment- The dotted lines imply movement which supports your story about running.

    Area of Improvement – Remember to use shapes to draw people, I can see you used only a line to draw the arms, can you turn those into shapes?

    Compliment – You have a high level of Craftmanship in your coloring of the foreground.

    Step 4: REFLECT

                Use a reflection sheet or your own piece of paper and ask yourself 3 questions:

    1. What was the purpose of my Art and did I succeed?
    2. What materials did I use and why?
    3. What part of my Artwork do I hope people notice.

    Be specific with your answers.


                Once your reflection is finished and you have finished any improvements to your Art, it is time to get it ready for display. There are many ways to do this, the simplest way is to find a clean piece of paper that is larger than your artwork. Glue your Art onto the center of this larger paper to create a boarder around your Art. This helps the eye of any viewer focus on your artwork. You could also use an old picture frame to hold your Art.

    Step 6: PUBLISH

                Take a picture of your Mounted finished Art, and email it to me with your reflection at aaron.nicholon@d11.org. Or if you have a Seesaw access already, take a picture and share with me there!