Scraping the Edge: Palette-Knife Paintings
March 02, 2018

Scraping the Edge: Palette-Knife Paintings

Looking for a way to get your high school students out of their painting rut? Have them try something new and different. Make them experiment with a technique that directly opposes their tendencies to paint up close and precise. One semester, I had a painting class with a tremendous amount of skill in realism, yet […]

Painting the Bright Colors of the Rainforest
March 02, 2018

Painting the Bright Colors of the Rainforest

Bring out the paint and students are motivated! When I shared that we would be painting birds in the rainforest, students were eager to begin. First, we discussed the rainforest and viewed pictures online. Most of the students were aware of the destruction of the rainforest, and expressed their empathy and concern for all living […]

Dreamtime Storytelling
December 11, 2017

Dreamtime Storytelling

There has always been something about Aboriginal Australian art that draws me deeply into it. Maybe it’s the raw energy I feel when viewing their dot paintings or the way that their Dreamtime stories awaken my imagination. Whatever it might be, I wanted to share my love for their artwork with my fifth-grade art students. […]

Abstract Painting: Be Your Own Captain of Creativity
March 06, 2017

Abstract Painting: Be Your Own Captain of Creativity

Despite all the hoopla about which country has the highest-scoring students, which college majors are most marketable, or which education model is the most effective, art educators have remained consistently dedicated to what they believe is the most fundamental skill needed for successful growth: creative thinking. Albert Einstein’s familiar quote, “Creativity is more important than […]