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 […]

Triangulating with Libs: Celebrating Diversity and Community
August 10, 2016

Triangulating with Libs: Celebrating Diversity and Community

Are you looking for a beginning-of-the-year project that brings your school community together while celebrating the diversity of your student population as well? If the answer is no, then don’t read any further … just kidding! If you are, then you may want to check out the work of Libs Elliott. Libs is a quilt […]

Stencil Chalk Design
August 10, 2016

Stencil Chalk Design

This is what I call a high-success, low-stress project. The students love it. And, it is a perfect icebreaker at the beginning of the year. Back in the day, when I first started teaching art, representatives from the art supply catalogs would visit your school. They would bring free samples and, on occasion, demonstrate an […]

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 […]