This was the last big project of the year for first graders. We learned all about the Pop Artist Wayne Thiebaud and his wonderful dessert paintings. I was very focused this year on getting my first graders to master the basic art skills of cutting, gluing, and painting properly. To wrap up the year they took a gluing assessment to check their gluing skills. I have found that gluing is a basic skill that needs to be revisited every year, by every grade level. Students focused very much on using the correct amount of glue, making sure all pieces of paper were glued flat, and when gluing making sure the tip of the glue bottle is touching the paper. They did a great job!