Conceptual Art Provokes Critical Thinking
April 04, 2017

Conceptual Art Provokes Critical Thinking

Each school year, it seems like our students are testing more and more and creative problem-solving less and less. In an effort to stimulate my students to think on a much deeper level, I embarked on a conceptual sculpture/earthwork assignment with my Sculpture II and III students. For some of them, this lesson was a […]

First-Grade Portraits with Pendants
February 10, 2017

First-Grade Portraits with Pendants

While browsing a 2010 issue of Arts & Activities magazine, I was inspired to begin an ambitious portrait project with my first-grade artists. I wanted to introduce an easy clay project to my first-grade classes—one that would give them ample opportunity to explore working with clay for the very first time. I knew that they […]

Sakura Season in the Art Room
December 09, 2016

Sakura Season in the Art Room

To prepare for this third- through fifth-grade art project, I made a poster with pictures found through a Google image search for “Japanese cherry blossom paintings.” During the search, I realized that art-appreciation could easily be added to this lesson, as there are abundant sources of images on the Internet. A number of Japanese artists […]

Tried & True Tips / December 2016
November 10, 2016

Tried & True Tips / December 2016

Tried & True Tips for Art Teachers is a monthly roundup of advice and wisdom from fellow art teachers, put together by the intrepid Glenda Lubiner. Textures and Mixed Media “Tell your own story, and you will be interesting.” — Louise Bourgeois Happy December! I know that we are all ready for our winter break […]