Local Love
December 09, 2016

Local Love

Wow! What an incredible experience this project led to! Last spring, I introduced my third-graders to the work of San Diego abstractionist, Santos Orellana. He is originally from Honduras, moved to New York City to study chemistry, and moved out to San Diego to be a part of the biotech industry. Only then, in San […]

Sweet Treats
April 08, 2016

Sweet Treats

Are you looking for a “sweet hook” to use when introducing texture to your young students? Then you really must tap into the delicious street mosaics of artist Jim Bachor. Jim is a mosaic artist based in Chicago. He has been busy filling potholes around town with mosaics in a variety of themes—fashion patterns, cereal […]

Jason Messinger: Abstract Landscaping
February 10, 2016

Jason Messinger: Abstract Landscaping

Jason Messinger is a Chicago-based artist who likes to walk the line between representation and abstraction in his work. I think it’s important for all ages to play with and practice these concepts as well. He has created numerous clay tile series that explore the landscape vocabulary of places around the world. This body of […]

Round and Round
November 10, 2015

Round and Round

As many of you already know, I love to use current, living artists as the inspiration for my art lessons. I feel it makes the content more meaningful for the students because they can see how the concepts they are learning in art class are applied in our world today. One such artist is Matt […]