Knowledge and New Friends through Artist Trading Cards
September 06, 2017

Knowledge and New Friends through Artist Trading Cards

This experience came about when a friend—also an art teacher and AP® Studio Art Reader—and I wanted to conduct a lesson that would connect our classes. We decided on Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) and proceeded to introduce the lesson to our respective students at the start of the school year. Before starting on the cards, […]

My Initials as Art
August 08, 2017

My Initials as Art

At the beginning of each school year, I present assignments that allow my middle-school students to immediately connect with the art lesson. In this project, students’ initials are the starting point for developing the assigned work, and they discover how they can turn something as simple as their initials into a visually complex artwork. Before […]

AMPed Up Curriculum / Article 1 of 10
August 08, 2017

AMPed Up Curriculum / Article 1 of 10

Article 1 of 10 What’s in Store This Year … by Debi West I am very excited to be back again this year, writing another curricular series for my favorite art-education magazine, Arts & Activities! This year, I will be sharing my advanced art lessons with you all. I have been honored to teach children through the […]

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” […]