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 […]

Fireworks Over the City
November 10, 2015

Fireworks Over the City

Children love the challenge and process of creating “something” from “nothing.” Therefore, at a recent class, I set the art tables with just newspapers, small pieces of scrap cardboard, and black acrylic paint. These simple materials grabbed the attention of my groups of 5- through 11-year-olds. When I explained to the kids that we would […]

Round and Round
November 10, 2015

Round and Round

As many of you already know, I love to use current, living artists as the inspiration for my art lessons. I feel it makes the content more meaningful for the students because they can see how the concepts they are learning in art class are applied in our world today. One such artist is Matt […]

Portraits of Frida
September 10, 2015

Portraits of Frida

We all know the feeling of impending doom that accompanies having to miss a day of work. No matter how wonderful the substitute, it just seems like art is one of those subjects that no one really feels comfortable teaching. None of us wants to return to work to find a classroom in disarray and […]