Summer Fun

I have the wonderful gift of being able to stay home with my daughter during the summer and we had an amazing time going down to the museums and making art together at home. However, I did let grandma take her for a week so that I could substitute for an old friend at the…

A Little Cross-Curicular to End The Year

I do not teach print-making to my freshman. I have found that with my ambitious goal of trying to expose my students to everything from ceramics to painting to photography, as well as instilling the elements and principles or art and design, I just run out of time. I might re-evaluate this in years to…

Fan Club

Little girls just love sunglasses. Here are a few of my fans rockin’ my shades.

Drop Molds

“You cannot drop the drop molds! They are made of plaster, so they could crack. Please be careful.” I am lucky to have a calm, respectful group of young tweens in my Saturday Art School. They respect me and my advice, but since they are kids they often get overly excited and make a goof…

Viva España!

“Hey we finally made it to Spain!” is what one little little girl in my Art Around the World class screamed when she snuck a peak into my big purple messenger bag and saw Ferdinand the Bull, by Robert Lawson. This caused other students to yell and jump up and down and act rambunctious. I…

MORE ZIP ZAP ZOOOOOM!!!

So things are going well in Zip Zap Zoom land. We looked at my friend, and published cartoonist Lamar Abrams. We read a short story from his book: Remake, by Lamar Abrams, and the boys (because I have no female students in this class) LOVED IT!! We worked on covers and created 8 panel stories….

The Very Hungry Artists

It is lessons like this that make any teacher just smile and pat themselves on the back, and then thank their lucky stars. My Hudson Heights class is made up of a group of siblings who all love making art. This week we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle. We looked at how…

Irish Fairies, Elves and Goblins

We read a traditional folk tale about a small elf and a lonely boy getting his wish to have a friend. It was one of the short stories in the Golden Books Treasury of Elves and Fairies, by Jane Werner. It was a very old copy that I had found while digging around in my…

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…

Canadian Colligraphs

Printmaking is inherently messy. Especially when you are conducting a printmaking lesson with young children. Young children are inherently messy even when there is no paint involved. This week, in my “Art Around the World” class, we embarked on a journey to Canada to make colligraphs. All I have to say about clean-up is that…

Pinchy Animals

This project involves measuring out a  pound of clay and then creating an animal without ever detaching any piece. The objective for the student is to learn more about the possibilities of the clay and its physical properties and limitation. So what I did for this lesson was disguise the objective as a challenge to…