Animal Options: A Year in Review
May 09, 2017

Animal Options: A Year in Review

The third-graders had only three class periods remaining for the year—a mere two and a half hours. My challenge was to present a project that would allow for a review of a large number of the terms and skills that had been studied throughout the year, while still providing the students adequate time to “illustrate” […]

Technical Meets Creative / Lesson 10 of 10
May 09, 2017

Technical Meets Creative / Lesson 10 of 10

Lesson 10 of 10 Altered Books: The Art II Way to Keep a Visual Journal by Debi West Who doesn’t love taking something old and turning it into something beautiful? Well, that’s exactly what my Art II students do throughout their second semester of class: they have weekly altered-book assignments that act as their performance final, […]

Technical Meets Creative / Lesson 9 of 10
April 04, 2017

Technical Meets Creative / Lesson 9 of 10

Lesson 9 of 10 Bike Studies by Debi West I am always excited to introduce my students to the bike drawing lesson in that I know that they will be quite challenged, but I also know they are ready for the challenge because their Intro Art curricula and Art II lessons have prepared them well. I think […]

Spiral Staircases
March 06, 2017

Spiral Staircases

Spiral staircases are fascinating. Some are solid and others have openings between each step. There are different kinds—all of them intriguing. I knew my Art II students would feel the same way about them. To begin the lesson, I showed my students a PowerPoint presentation I had prepared, which showed 15 unique spiral staircases. Afterward, […]