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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, […]

Feb 2017
Angling with Odili

I recently introduced the work of Odili Donald Odita to my second- and fifth-graders. Odili was born in Nigeria, moved to the U.S. with his family when he was a young boy, and now is a very successful painter and college professor at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia (where I studied as a young man, […]

First-Grade Portraits with Pendants

While browsing a 2010 issue of Arts & Activities magazine, I was inspired to begin an ambitious portrait project with my first-grade artists. I wanted to introduce an easy clay project to my first-grade classes—one that would give them ample opportunity to explore working with clay for the very first time. I knew that they […]

Biomorphic Creations in Clay

Biomorphism is an art movement that began in the 20th century. It models artistic design elements on naturally occurring patterns or shapes reminiscent of nature and living organisms. Taken to its extreme, it attempts to force naturally occurring shapes onto functional devices. In ceramics, we see a great deal of this in both sculptural and functional […]