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 […]

Murals with Maya
October 05, 2017

Murals with Maya

One of the most important qualities that a teacher should practice, exhibit, and model is flexibility. We should strive to be flexible in terms of multiple facets of teaching—being open to variety in student problem solving, opening ourselves to different ways of sharing content with our students, and being willing to make changes to our […]

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 […]