Immortalizing America’s Generous Spirit
April 15, 2019

Immortalizing America’s Generous Spirit

Ms Esrum! There’s a bull butt on the roof!” In this unexpected and rather undignified manner, my student effectively got his class interested in a project that would probably be the most absurd and profound in the history of Hillcrest High School’s art department.  Where did I find that bull and the idea for the […]

Stepping Stones / February 2019
January 07, 2019

Stepping Stones / February 2019

Stepping Stones is a monthly column that breaks down seemingly daunting tasks into simple, manageable “steps” that any art educator can take and apply directly to their classroom. Stepping Stones will explore a variety of topics and share advice for art-on-a-cart teachers and those with art rooms. SPRING ART SHOWS IN YOUR COMMUNITY by Heidi […]

Found-Object Pillars
April 04, 2017

Found-Object Pillars

Visiting schools as a guest artist has led me to consider students as apprentices on group projects. We work as a team through a problem toward an unknown. During the course of the project, opportunities for guidance and the use of our “visual language” are constant. This process is terrifically enjoyable for all. Cylinders are […]

Telling Stories Visually
October 12, 2015

Telling Stories Visually

The Living History Veteran’s Project is a great opportunity for authentic learning experiences, and is a worthwhile project for everyone involved—teachers, students and veterans. It has been so successful, we are now in our fourth year. As an artist, teacher, and veteran myself, I look for ways we can welcome local veterans to our school. […]