Textural Portraits
November 07, 2018

Textural Portraits

Creativity is the fuel that powers our futures; we imagine new worlds and unearth ourselves. Results from my survey of more than 100 art teachers at the NAEA 2018 Convention, reveal that teachers feel the most important thing to teach in art class is creativity. As art educators, we should reevaluate what we think is […]

Airbrushed Butterfly Collage
May 10, 2018

Airbrushed Butterfly Collage

One of my favorite parts of doing art in a group setting is watching the kids give each other technique pointers, borrow ideas from each other, and then ooh and ahh over how “cool” something turned out. In the first part of this lesson, students collaborate to create a buffet of patterned paper using airbrushes […]

Sesquicentennial Ceramic Summatives, eh?
January 03, 2018

Sesquicentennial Ceramic Summatives, eh?

To celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial, we asked students to think about Canadian citizens who have made a difference, and to create a unique clay figure where their likeness and achievements could be creatively linked in a sculpture. There certainly is no shortage of Canadians that have made significant contributions, and the class had no trouble arriving […]

Stepping Stones / December 2017
November 08, 2017

Stepping Stones / December 2017

Stepping Stones is a monthly column that breaks down seemingly daunting tasks into simple, manageable “steps” that any art educator can take and apply directly to their classroom. Stepping Stones will explore a variety of topics and share advice for art-on-a-cart teachers and those with art rooms. MIXED MEDIA MANIA by Heidi O’Hanley Creating artworks […]