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 […]

Spiral Staircases
March 06, 2017

Spiral Staircases

Spiral staircases are fascinating. Some are solid and others have openings between each step. There are different kinds—all of them intriguing. I knew my Art II students would feel the same way about them. To begin the lesson, I showed my students a PowerPoint presentation I had prepared, which showed 15 unique spiral staircases. Afterward, […]

The Lawrence Tree
March 06, 2017

The Lawrence Tree

For many years, I have created art lessons that focused on Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings of flowers and skulls. Looking for something different, I came upon her painting, The Lawrence Tree (1929). It struck me as perfect for introducing my first-graders to the artist. To begin this lesson, I showed the children a picture of Georgia […]