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 […]

Past/Present Printmaking Mashup
October 10, 2016

Past/Present Printmaking Mashup

No. I don’t think the Empire had Wookiees in mind when they designed her, Chewie.” — Han Solo, responding to Chewbacca’s frustration with their stolen Imperial Shuttle in Return of the Jedi. I’m a Star Wars geek, what can I say? That said, in terms of engaging students in our classrooms, we need to respond […]

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 […]