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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, […]

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, […]