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 […]

Found-Object Faces
May 11, 2016

Found-Object Faces

I am a big fan of using found objects in my art classes. It’s a great way to “recycle” and use up small craft supplies that have shown up in the art room. My found-object faces came about as a solution for using up donated supplies and from a desire to show students that portraits don’t […]

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 […]