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 […]

Animal Spirit Coloring Book
May 11, 2016

Animal Spirit Coloring Book

One of my favorite projects to do with my eighth-grade students is the “Animal Spirit” project, which is inspired by the artwork by Sue Coccia (www.earthartinternational.com). This lesson has evolved since I discovered it years ago, during my student teaching. The original lesson plan came from Becky Levine, now retired from many successful years teaching […]

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 […]

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 […]