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 […]

Angling with Odili
February 10, 2017

Angling with Odili

I recently introduced the work of Odili Donald Odita to my second- and fifth-graders. Odili was born in Nigeria, moved to the U.S. with his family when he was a young boy, and now is a very successful painter and college professor at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia (where I studied as a young man, […]

Local Love
December 09, 2016

Local Love

Wow! What an incredible experience this project led to! Last spring, I introduced my third-graders to the work of San Diego abstractionist, Santos Orellana. He is originally from Honduras, moved to New York City to study chemistry, and moved out to San Diego to be a part of the biotech industry. Only then, in San […]