Ocean in a Box
July 08, 2016

Ocean in a Box

I teach at a school for the blind, where my students range in age from 5 to 15 years. All of them have varying degrees of vision and language, cognitive and fine-motor abilities. Clay is a popular medium, the children enjoy its elastic, tactile properties. In our annual clay unit this year, students had made sea […]

Bathing Beauties in Clay
July 08, 2016

Bathing Beauties in Clay

When the National Gallery of Canada held a Lisette Model retrospective, the image that was used to advertise the show was one of the artist’s Coney Island photographs. The curators had the  image enlarged to fill the entire southern flank of the gallery. One could see the Rubenesque bathing beauty in all her glory a […]

Cardboard Cubism
April 08, 2016

Cardboard Cubism

I developed this “Cardboard Cubism” lesson plan from an assignment I really enjoyed doing while in college. I first taught it during my student teaching at Alcoa (Tennessee) High School, with Ms. Minda Cedeno, and since, have been able to adapt and use the material in my eighth-grade art classes at Alcoa Middle School. The lesson […]

Letter Perfect
April 08, 2016

Letter Perfect

Whenever I find a 3-D project that everyone is successful with, I feel fortunate. These papier-mâché letters are one of those projects. Before beginning this project with my students, I present a lesson on typography, and introduce them to Johannes Gutenberg (c. 1398–1468) and the invention of the printing press. We discuss the enormous impact […]