Gyotaku Fish Prints with First Grade
October 08, 2018

Gyotaku Fish Prints with First Grade

One of my favorite projects to do with my first-grade students is gyotaku fish prints. My first-graders are familiar with fish printing because the year before, I introduced a similar technique with small silicone rubber fish and markers instead of paint for the prints. They are now a year older, so I can begin discussing […]

Serving Up Some Art on Clay Platters
September 13, 2016

Serving Up Some Art on Clay Platters

Because my students love clay, I feel fortunate to have a kiln. And, it is my understanding that, barring a disaster, it should last for my entire career. So I am “maxing it out” by doing as many fired clay projects as we possibly can from October to March. It is counterintuitive, but I have […]

Anthropomorphic Animal Collages Inspired by William Wegman
September 13, 2016

Anthropomorphic Animal Collages Inspired by William Wegman

Best known for his photographs of Weimaraner dogs dressed and posed in various settings, William Wegman is a fun artist for young children to learn about and discuss. Children love the dogs in his art work and the images provide a lot for kids to wonder and talk about. Many of the children in my […]

Drawing with Scissors
September 13, 2016

Drawing with Scissors

Henri Matisse has always been an artist whose work fascinates my elementary students. They are enthralled by his bright use of color and his intricate shapes and patterns. It was no surprise the latest Matisse-inspired project I taught was a smashing success with my third graders. We began by learning about matisse and how his […]