Moonlit Fireflies
May 11, 2016

Moonlit Fireflies

Although fireflies aren’t common in the dry climate of Southern California, I thought these little beacons of light would make fun subjects for a summer art class. When I announced the project to my groups of kindergarten through fifth graders, some of my students shared their own experiences with these illuminated creatures during their travels […]

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 […]