Looking Forward to Summer

My traveling¬† and adventures are almost over, and as it gets more hot, humid and sticky I am getting anxious for the summer semester to start. I cannot wait! This first day of the Decorative Fine Arts Camp at Glen Echo Partnership for the Arts will be June 20th. I am looking forward to color... 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 →

Egyptian Prints

We went to Egypt this week in my Art Around the World class at P.S. 154. The class began with a rowdy group of children, a missing parent volunteer and one boy kicking another one. Sometimes you just have days like this. While I did have a parent volunteer last week I should have suspected... Continue Reading →

Subbing

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/Classroom Space

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 →

Finishing Up

This past week, December 4th, my Saturday Art School Ceramics students worked quickly and diligently to get all of there work ready for the final show, Saturday the 11th. Here you can see the two types of glazing options I gave these students. Just like the session before them we had buckets of glaze for... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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