Make your Origami Original
September 06, 2017

Make your Origami Original

Origami has always fascinated me,  but two things about it always bothered me: The process was hard to demonstrate/utilize with 36 students at one time; and, when finished, everyone’s project basically looked the same. Luckily, a foreign exchange student came to my rescue and showed me some tricks that made it easier to teach to […]

Welcome Summer with Some Festive Shirts
July 08, 2016

Welcome Summer with Some Festive Shirts

It’s time to shed the sweaters, coats and gloves, and create a bit of fun with a festive shirt that welcomes the warm, carefree summer days ahead! My fourth-graders designed these great paper shirts. As the first session began, students worked on designing random patterns. To prevent the designs from becoming too contrived, I decided […]

Animal Spirit Coloring Book
May 11, 2016

Animal Spirit Coloring Book

One of my favorite projects to do with my eighth-grade students is the “Animal Spirit” project, which is inspired by the artwork by Sue Coccia (www.earthartinternational.com). This lesson has evolved since I discovered it years ago, during my student teaching. The original lesson plan came from Becky Levine, now retired from many successful years teaching […]

Matching with Miguel
December 10, 2015

Matching with Miguel

Balance. That’s what this project is all about. Old and new. Right and left. Choice and guidance. Speaking and listening. You get the idea. The inspiration for this project is the work of Mexican artist Miguel Mejía (aka “Neuzz”). Miguel’s visual vocabulary of bold lines, strong contrast and pattern stands out in a variety of […]