Very Hungry Caterpillars
October 05, 2017

Very Hungry Caterpillars

When my kindergarten students entered the art room, they were surprised to see balloons sitting on the tables next to the paint. I told them that instead of using a paintbrush to apply paint for this project, we would be using balloons! They were excited, but curious—a great way to start any project! SESSION 1 […]

Knowledge and New Friends through Artist Trading Cards
September 06, 2017

Knowledge and New Friends through Artist Trading Cards

This experience came about when a friend—also an art teacher and AP® Studio Art Reader—and I wanted to conduct a lesson that would connect our classes. We decided on Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) and proceeded to introduce the lesson to our respective students at the start of the school year. Before starting on the cards, […]

Birding with Brill
September 06, 2017

Birding with Brill

Every year, I have my kindergartners experiment with more complex cutting and layering as the year winds down. This helps me see how far they have come with their motor-skill development. Leading up to this project, they practice cutting different types of lines and geometric shapes with lessons like robot collages and abstract portraits. Last […]

Creating Connections with Lea
August 08, 2017

Creating Connections with Lea

At the beginning of each school year, I meet with each of my upper elementary classes for an abbreviated lesson that focuses on unity and variety. Each student contributes a piece that will be included in a larger work of art that speaks to the uniqueness of each of our students and to the collective […]