Illustrating Social Media
August 07, 2018

Illustrating Social Media

We art teachers always strive to assign projects to enhance the visual experience and to direct students how to effectively use the elements and principles of design. While the lessons of the past and the works of the masters are certainly worthy of debate and discussion, the best way to have young adults invest in […]

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 […]