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 […]

Altered Books for K-2
May 09, 2017

Altered Books for K-2

Book arts are all the rage in the world of grownup art making, but how can this medium be made available to early elementary students? Following are some great concepts and strategies to try. First tip: use board books! A great many of them lack the literary “chops” to be saved for academic reasons. What […]

Animal Options: A Year in Review
May 09, 2017

Animal Options: A Year in Review

The third-graders had only three class periods remaining for the year—a mere two and a half hours. My challenge was to present a project that would allow for a review of a large number of the terms and skills that had been studied throughout the year, while still providing the students adequate time to “illustrate” […]