Underwater Inspiration: Digital Mandalas
May 13, 2019

Underwater Inspiration: Digital Mandalas

My students are used to being introduced to a variety of living artists in our art room. This lesson introduces them to yet another artist, but in this case, it happens to be a recently discovered species of Japanese puffer fish. I love their reactions and responses when they discover that the artist is, indeed, […]

Artists Up Close
April 10, 2019

Artists Up Close

For the past 10 years, I have focused on introducing my students to a wide variety of contemporary artists. I feel that doing so can make the content of my art curriculum more relevant and engaging for my students. Kids want to see how what they are learning and experimenting with in class is being […]

Mirroring, Heather Hanson Style
February 04, 2019

Mirroring, Heather Hanson Style

I love incorporating opportunities for teamwork and collaboration into my curriculum at all grade levels. It’s important to structure activities that foster social-skill building along with creative and critical thinking. For the past few years, my fourth-graders have worked together to create digital sculptures that are inspired by the work of Rachel Beach (May 2018 issue, […]

Multiple Lines and Making Murals
August 07, 2018

Multiple Lines and Making Murals

I usually introduce my students to the work of an individual artist with each activity, but every once in a while, I get a little wild and throw three or four at them at once. That was the case with this fun one. My fifth-graders looked at the work of Jason Woodside, local San Diego artist […]