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Apr 2017
Toothpick Sculpture

Most everyone knows how to wrap a birthday present, but can everyone wrap an artwork? The artist Christo and his late wife, Jean Claude, were the masters. They have wrapped mountains, rivers, cathedrals, and government buildings, and are the inspiration for our building/wrapping “Toothpick Sculptures.” The abstract, geometric planes of the toothpick sculpture will contrast […]

Conceptual Art Provokes Critical Thinking

Each school year, it seems like our students are testing more and more and creative problem-solving less and less. In an effort to stimulate my students to think on a much deeper level, I embarked on a conceptual sculpture/earthwork assignment with my Sculpture II and III students. For some of them, this lesson was a […]

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, […]