Creature Canjos
May 13, 2019

Creature Canjos

An opportunity to create a memorable art/music experience presented itself at our school. A speaker on Project Based Learning (PBL) inspired us to develop a unit on “canjo” making and embellishment. What is a canjo? It is a relative of banjos but is made with … you guessed it: cans! There is a long history […]

Southwestern Landscapes
May 13, 2019

Southwestern Landscapes

Desert landscapes are often considered bare, desolate wastelands that lack any form of life or beauty. Through the many years I’ve lived in Texas, spending much time at my family’s ranch, I believe nothing could be further from the truth. The warm colors and vast skies that dominate this boundless landscape have inspired artists like […]

Underwater Inspiration: Digital Mandalas
May 13, 2019

Underwater Inspiration: Digital Mandalas

My students are used to being introduced to a variety of living artists in our art room. This lesson introduces them to yet another artist, but in this case, it happens to be a recently discovered species of Japanese puffer fish. I love their reactions and responses when they discover that the artist is, indeed, […]

JUNE: Weightless and Simply Drift
May 13, 2019

JUNE: Weightless and Simply Drift

DETAIL: Vicki Smith (Canadian; b. 1958). Left: Weightless, 2014. Oil on linen; 48″ x 48″. Right: Simply Drift, 2012.  Oil on linen; 48″ x 48″. Images courtesy of the artist (website: vickismith.ca) and Bau-Xi Gallery, Canada. ONLINE EXTRAS click here for resources related to this art print      Want To Have This Month’s Full-Size Art Print and […]