After reading Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China by Ai-Ling Louie, we created our own magical fish. Using a technique where we used tape to make a pattern then painted over it, then peeled it up, we created very simple and very dynamic paintings that looked very Bauhaus, indeed.
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 →
I am enjoying my day off this Veterans Day, and taking time to reflect on lat week's project: Pueblo Indian Pinch Pots from New Mexico. This was the first time my "Art Around the World" after-school class has made it back to the United States since we started our imaginary journey. (We've come close with... Continue Reading →
Cleaning up can be a pain, for both the teacher and the students. Still, cleaning up is just as important to understanding the material as using it during work time. I recently made the mistake of not having the 4-5 year old students in my "Art Around the World" class clean up after they had... Continue Reading →
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 →
Glazing can be a tricky thing to explain. Sometimes the color of the glaze is not the color it will be, and sometimes it kind of is. Sometimes you can mix colors together and sometimes you can't. Sometimes you dunk and sometimes you don't. Sometimes... I decided that since I value the process of trial... Continue Reading →