Welcome Winter with Snow People at Night
November 07, 2018

Welcome Winter with Snow People at Night

Here is a lesson that combines reading, learning about authors/illustrators, value painting and clay sculpture. My first-graders totally love this lesson. Say “Hello” to winter with the help of these charming snow people! FIRST, GET THE BOOK Snowmen at Night, by Caralyn and Mark Buehner, and read this beautiful story to your students. Show them the […]

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. […]