Clay Flowers Bloom!
January 08, 2016

Clay Flowers Bloom!

This lesson came about partially from my desire for a student-made pot of flowers that wouldn’t fall over. I first had the idea of clay flowers years ago and I finally perfected the lesson for my students. We start with a good-sized portion of lightweight, sturdy air-dry clay for each student (base the amount of […]

African Masks
December 10, 2015

African Masks

Culture plays an important role in all aspects of art history—defining the era, enhancing techniques, and representing a meaning all its own. African cultures exhibit unique, exquisite masks with various meanings. The bold abstract designs of African tribal masks have geometrical, as well as symmetrical patterns, which depict the social status, and/or magical or religious […]

Building a Strong Foundation / Lesson 5 of 10
December 10, 2015

Building a Strong Foundation / Lesson 5 of 10

Lesson 5 of 10 Creative Color Wheels by Debi West As I was designing my curriculum for my secondary intro visual art students, I realized that they needed to better understand color theories, as this is an important part of their art learning foundation. I have also realized over the years that simply telling our students […]

Mixed-Media Motivates
November 10, 2015

Mixed-Media Motivates

Don’t throw out the boxes you receive your art supplies in—save that cardboard and recycle it into an exciting project. It’s not only a fun (and cheap) material for backing artwork and making 3-D projects, but cardboard is the perfect surface for this mixed-media art project. This is a favorite of many of my Art […]