Southwestern Landscapes
May 13, 2019

Southwestern Landscapes

Desert landscapes are often considered bare, desolate wastelands that lack any form of life or beauty. Through the many years I’ve lived in Texas, spending much time at my family’s ranch, I believe nothing could be further from the truth. The warm colors and vast skies that dominate this boundless landscape have inspired artists like […]

Sgraffito Masks
December 06, 2018

Sgraffito Masks

As part of a schoolwide initiative to study western Africa, I wanted to plan an exploration of African masks that not only highlighted the variety and beauty of the art form, but also opened my students’ eyes to the perspectives and experiences of the African people. Unlike the art of the West, African art is […]

My Kind of Mandala
December 09, 2016

My Kind of Mandala

I love exploring culture and geography in the classroom. Art is the perfect avenue to make the history of a culture accessible to students in a hands-on and memorable way. It is true that the best art is born of a deeper connection with the world around us. Mandalas are a beautiful project to pull math, […]

Aboriginal Art
December 10, 2015

Aboriginal Art

Aboriginal art began thousands of years ago on cave walls all over Australia. The symbols and patterns can represent native animals, stories that have been passed down through generations, or maps of local landmarks. Many Aboriginal artworks represent “the Dreamtime,” the period of time indigenous people believe the world was invented. I like to compare […]