3D Intro Art / Article 10 of 10
May 13, 2019

3D Intro Art / Article 10 of 10

Article 10 of 10 NEVELSON-INSPIRED MURAL by Debi West At the end of the school year, it’s often tricky to come up with exciting, interesting and manageable art lessons that keep our kids engaged. Not to mention coming up with lessons that we still have enough supplies for! If you’re like me, you have used […]

Found-Object Pillars
April 04, 2017

Found-Object Pillars

Visiting schools as a guest artist has led me to consider students as apprentices on group projects. We work as a team through a problem toward an unknown. During the course of the project, opportunities for guidance and the use of our “visual language” are constant. This process is terrifically enjoyable for all. Cylinders are […]

Toothpick Sculpture
April 04, 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 […]

Drawing with Scissors
September 13, 2016

Drawing with Scissors

Henri Matisse has always been an artist whose work fascinates my elementary students. They are enthralled by his bright use of color and his intricate shapes and patterns. It was no surprise the latest Matisse-inspired project I taught was a smashing success with my third graders. We began by learning about matisse and how his […]