Let’s Save the Planet!

What would you do if you were asked to make something 3D and amazing using at least 100 pieces of recycled materials? My students were asked this question, and as usual they blew me away with their amazing ideas. As part of our bi-weekly social action program the students have learned about what it means to be... Continue Reading →

The Final Concept(ualism)

Continued from last week: After we created our concept maps last week students begin sketches of their own Frank Stella inspired piece. They were asked first to answer the following questions after looking at Frank Stella's artwork: 1. What kind of shapes represent you title? 2. What kind of textures represent you title? 3.What kind of colors represent... Continue Reading →

Scratching, Mushing, Adding, Subracting

This is an example of my ceramic students hard at work. Here you can see students working in pairs at the slab rolling station. Using communication and asking each other "are you ready?" before they begin, we learn that some art takes team work and more than two hands. We used tools to add and... Continue Reading →

Almost Perfect

This is an example of why it is important to spend time teaching 5 and 6 year olds how to clean up. When I said, "put the scraps on this chair" I didn't realize how may scraps we actually had... Oops. At least they were following my directions, and it is OK for teachers to... Continue Reading →

Wrapping Up

We had our last Art Around the World class of the semester this week. To wrap things up we ended the semester using our drawing and paintings skills together in a watercolor resist project. Our country for the final week was Japan. We read The Beckoning Cat, by Koko Nishizuka. And then watched a slide... Continue Reading →

Gambian Masks

Every week we travel to a new place in my "Art Around the World" after-school class, that I teach for Private Picassos.  Ever since I can remember African mask making has been a constant go-to for art teachers everywhere. (O.K. maybe not in Africa, I would have to check) My only problem with this is... Continue Reading →

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