Painting the Bright Colors of the Rainforest
March 02, 2018

Painting the Bright Colors of the Rainforest

Bring out the paint and students are motivated! When I shared that we would be painting birds in the rainforest, students were eager to begin. First, we discussed the rainforest and viewed pictures online. Most of the students were aware of the destruction of the rainforest, and expressed their empathy and concern for all living […]

Abstract Cityscapes
February 02, 2018

Abstract Cityscapes

Every year, my fourth-grade students study the history of their state, Rhode Island, with their classroom teachers. These studies include an annual field trip to the state’s capital city of Providence. This opportunity for the children to explore the largest city in our state, was the perfect inspiration to study cityscapes in the art room! […]

Personal Still Life in a Box
February 02, 2018

Personal Still Life in a Box

Every year, I had the challenge of making my students’ art personal. One way I accomplished this was by having my Art 2 Drawing and Painting students collect small, meaningful  personal items, and arrange them for a still-life drawing. I would plan ahead for this assignment by asking the vending-machine man to please save for […]

AMPed Up Curriculum / Article 6 of 10
January 03, 2018

AMPed Up Curriculum / Article 6 of 10

Article 6 of 10 What’s Cookin’ by Debi West I always find it exciting for our students to have the opportunity to create artwork based on their everyday life, so what’s more “every day” and fun than cooking and EATING? Several years ago, while I was putting my AMPed-up advanced curriculum together, I was brainstorming lessons […]