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 […]

Tried & True Tips / February 2016
January 08, 2016

Tried & True Tips / February 2016

Tried & True Tips for Art Teachers is a monthly roundup of advice and wisdom from fellow art teachers, put together by the intrepid Glenda Lubiner.  Celebrate Clay “When I think about how I want to reach an audience, I just wanted to make pieces that were inspired by something that gave me so much […]

Meet Mr. Grandville!
January 08, 2016

Meet Mr. Grandville!

In the never-ending quest to find a different and interesting clay project for our advanced eighth-grade art classes, I came across the artist, Jean Ignace Isidore Gerard Grandville (French; 1903–1947). Known as J. J. Grandville, he was a caricaturist whose lithographs made satirical comment about French society and politics of the 1840s. He became popular […]