Now that our school year has come to a close, I finally have time to brag a bit about the amazing success of my classes final exam. Each student was given the task of designing their own projects for themselves, setting goals, and sketching out a plan for action. They were asked to draw from... Continue Reading →
An Inspired Fellow Art Ed Blogger!
I recently stumbled across another Art Education blogger who I find totally inspiring in a whole different way! I normally follow more traditional art education blogs with lesson plans, and photos, but Cassie Stephens adds a whole new twist to hers. She uses her wardrobe as a way to inspire her students, and they must... Continue Reading →
This week in "Art Around the World", we went to India. But because it was St. Patrick's day I made sure to include the color green since we had already been to Ireland this semester. Each table had only yellow and blue in separate cups.
More trains this week as Art Around the World landed in Russia. Once I had everyone's attention we thought about our castles from last week and looked at the type of castles they had in Russia. Then we looked at the Russian flag and thought of other flags that had the same colors. "The Britain... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
I substitute taught an after-school class today on Roosevelt Island. It was my first time ever on the Island and I was so excited to have an excuse to go. However, today's weather couldn't of been more drizzly and gray. It did make for some dramatic pictures. This is looking west from the Island at... Continue Reading →
Studio space can be something that either limits or enhances my lessons. Take, for example, the studio space that I have for my ceramics class. There is a double sink big enough for 4 students at a time, several huge table, 15 pottery wheels, and a slab roller for rolling slabs. This enables me to... Continue Reading →
Starting Our Adventure
On Thursday January 13th, 2011, we began a new adventure around the world in my Art Around the World class. I decided that the best place to begin, since we were picking up some new travelers this semester, would be the good ol' USA. USA! USA! And what better place to be in the USA... Continue Reading →
Wonderful Chinese Lanterns
Here are some beautiful examples of students work from my Art Around the World after-school class: