Murals with Maya
October 05, 2017

Murals with Maya

One of the most important qualities that a teacher should practice, exhibit, and model is flexibility. We should strive to be flexible in terms of multiple facets of teaching—being open to variety in student problem solving, opening ourselves to different ways of sharing content with our students, and being willing to make changes to our […]

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 […]