Birding with Brill
September 06, 2017

Birding with Brill

Every year, I have my kindergartners experiment with more complex cutting and layering as the year winds down. This helps me see how far they have come with their motor-skill development. Leading up to this project, they practice cutting different types of lines and geometric shapes with lessons like robot collages and abstract portraits. Last […]

Creating Connections with Lea
August 08, 2017

Creating Connections with Lea

At the beginning of each school year, I meet with each of my upper elementary classes for an abbreviated lesson that focuses on unity and variety. Each student contributes a piece that will be included in a larger work of art that speaks to the uniqueness of each of our students and to the collective […]

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 […]