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Here is a prieview of the single object still life paintings we have been working on in class these past two weeks. With only two more classes to finish them I'm getting excited to see our final results. In these paintings students were challenged to use only the primary colors: magenta, cyan and yellow, along... Continue Reading →

New School Year Begins!

So we are off to another great start this school year. I have a whole new group of about fifty five freshman students in my four sections of foundations of studio art classes. I am very impressed with my student work so far. We have begun the year in my studio class with a study of... Continue Reading →

The Final Show

As I continue to explore the many ways in which art can enrich my students lives I have been able to open this experience up with my new found access to a school gallery. When I taught in Philadelphia there were six bulletin boards. One of which contained my advisories winning attendance stats, another with... Continue Reading →


“Landscape is nothing but an impression, and an instantaneous one, hence this label that was given us... because of me. I had sent a thing done in Le Havre, from my window, sun in the mist and a few masts of boats sticking up in the foreground. ... They asked me for a title for... Continue Reading →

Express Yourself (ism)

Expressionism was the name of the game for this unit. It was an exciting week, because it was time to paint bold bright colorful paintings. Below are some of our experiments with expressionistic themes. First we looked at Kandinsky: We then moved on to August Macke, my favorite German expressionist. Then, we were on to... Continue Reading →

Museum Visit to SAAM & the NPG

Here are some photos from my summer classes recent trip to the Smithsonian Museum of American Art and National Portrait Gallery. It is currently my favorite museum in Washington, DC. I think, no I know, my students had an amazing time and not just because we stopped at a Starbucks beforehand while we waited for... Continue Reading →


As I've mentioned we are moving back in time through the modern movements. In addition to keeping a living timeline in our sketchbooks we are also looking for connections in the philosophies of each movement and their techniques. It has been incredibly rewarding to hear them making connections from pop art to surrealism. This week... Continue Reading →

A Surreal Week

For our second week of summer classes we took a look at the bizarre and the dreamlike art of the surrealists. We focused on the element value and the principal balance. We also looked at Rene Margritte (My favorite surrealist) and a later surrealist Leonora Carrington. Leonora Carrignton has an interesting story that includes leaving home... Continue Reading →

Iconic Prints

As we continue to examine Pop Art, we look at Andy Warhol's fascination with pop icons and his beautiful and well known Marilyn Monroe Series. “What's great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see... Continue Reading →

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