Make A Robot and Learn About Math
September 10, 2018

Make A Robot and Learn About Math

Don’t look for the word “netbots” in your dictionary, it won’t be there. We made up the word to describe our sculptures, which are made of folded paper nets to form our robots. Integrating art with academic subjects can sometimes feel like a burden to art teachers. Shouldn’t art be a stand-alone subject, after all? […]

Airbrushed Butterfly Collage
May 10, 2018

Airbrushed Butterfly Collage

One of my favorite parts of doing art in a group setting is watching the kids give each other technique pointers, borrow ideas from each other, and then ooh and ahh over how “cool” something turned out. In the first part of this lesson, students collaborate to create a buffet of patterned paper using airbrushes […]

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 […]