“Valuing” Self-Portraits
February 02, 2018

“Valuing” Self-Portraits

I used to do this project with acrylic paint and have mixed the different values, but I was looking for a way to simplify this project for my students. Then I discovered gray-tone pastels. A box of them contains a white and a black pastel, along with four shades of gray from light to dark—more than […]

Pennsylvania-Dutch Hex-sign Bowls
January 10, 2017

Pennsylvania-Dutch Hex-sign Bowls

Back in June 1994, Arts & Activities published one of my lessons titled “Drape-Mold Bowls: Elegance in Black and White.” In that lesson I explained how you could help students create a symmetrical clay bowl using a plaster drape-mold. The students decorated their bowls with a black-and-white design based on Southwest Native American pottery. I […]

Stencil Chalk Design
August 10, 2016

Stencil Chalk Design

This is what I call a high-success, low-stress project. The students love it. And, it is a perfect icebreaker at the beginning of the year. Back in the day, when I first started teaching art, representatives from the art supply catalogs would visit your school. They would bring free samples and, on occasion, demonstrate an […]