Bathing Beauties in Clay
July 08, 2016

Bathing Beauties in Clay

When the National Gallery of Canada held a Lisette Model retrospective, the image that was used to advertise the show was one of the artist’s Coney Island photographs. The curators had the  image enlarged to fill the entire southern flank of the gallery. One could see the Rubenesque bathing beauty in all her glory a […]

Meet Mr. Grandville!
January 08, 2016

Meet Mr. Grandville!

In the never-ending quest to find a different and interesting clay project for our advanced eighth-grade art classes, I came across the artist, Jean Ignace Isidore Gerard Grandville (French; 1903–1947). Known as J. J. Grandville, he was a caricaturist whose lithographs made satirical comment about French society and politics of the 1840s. He became popular […]

Mixed-Media Motivates
November 10, 2015

Mixed-Media Motivates

Don’t throw out the boxes you receive your art supplies in—save that cardboard and recycle it into an exciting project. It’s not only a fun (and cheap) material for backing artwork and making 3-D projects, but cardboard is the perfect surface for this mixed-media art project. This is a favorite of many of my Art […]

Start the Year with Classy Doodling
August 05, 2015

Start the Year with Classy Doodling

Remember sitting in a meeting or class and doodling on your notes? Or, listening to music and doodling in time to the music? “On hold” for a phone call and mindlessly doodling? Or, waiting for the computer to load and having the lines just flow out of your hand? This warm-up engages students in drawing and […]