Serving Up Some Art on Clay Platters
September 13, 2016

Serving Up Some Art on Clay Platters

Because my students love clay, I feel fortunate to have a kiln. And, it is my understanding that, barring a disaster, it should last for my entire career. So I am “maxing it out” by doing as many fired clay projects as we possibly can from October to March. It is counterintuitive, but I have […]

Anthropomorphic Animal Collages Inspired by William Wegman
September 13, 2016

Anthropomorphic Animal Collages Inspired by William Wegman

Best known for his photographs of Weimaraner dogs dressed and posed in various settings, William Wegman is a fun artist for young children to learn about and discuss. Children love the dogs in his art work and the images provide a lot for kids to wonder and talk about. Many of the children in my […]

Drawing with Scissors
September 13, 2016

Drawing with Scissors

Henri Matisse has always been an artist whose work fascinates my elementary students. They are enthralled by his bright use of color and his intricate shapes and patterns. It was no surprise the latest Matisse-inspired project I taught was a smashing success with my third graders. We began by learning about matisse and how his […]

Moonlit Fireflies
May 11, 2016

Moonlit Fireflies

Although fireflies aren’t common in the dry climate of Southern California, I thought these little beacons of light would make fun subjects for a summer art class. When I announced the project to my groups of kindergarten through fifth graders, some of my students shared their own experiences with these illuminated creatures during their travels […]