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Abstract Painting: Be Your Own Captain of Creativity

Despite all the hoopla about which country has the highest-scoring students, which college majors are most marketable, or which education model is the most effective, art educators have remained consistently dedicated to what they believe is the most fundamental skill needed for successful growth: creative thinking. Albert Einstein’s familiar quote, “Creativity is more important than […]

Mar 2017
Spiral Staircases

Spiral staircases are fascinating. Some are solid and others have openings between each step. There are different kinds—all of them intriguing. I knew my Art II students would feel the same way about them. To begin the lesson, I showed my students a PowerPoint presentation I had prepared, which showed 15 unique spiral staircases. Afterward, […]

Mar 2017
The Lawrence Tree

For many years, I have created art lessons that focused on Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings of flowers and skulls. Looking for something different, I came upon her painting, The Lawrence Tree (1929). It struck me as perfect for introducing my first-graders to the artist. To begin this lesson, I showed the children a picture of Georgia […]

Exploring the Work of Emily Carr

Emily Carr’s work has garnered a lot of interest over the last decade, and her work continues its upward trajectory with a London, England, showing in 2015. It is her unique style that I used to inspire my eighth-grade art class as we examined line, shape and movement. I chose oil pastels for this project, […]