Altered Books for K-2
May 09, 2017

Altered Books for K-2

Book arts are all the rage in the world of grownup art making, but how can this medium be made available to early elementary students? Following are some great concepts and strategies to try. First tip: use board books! A great many of them lack the literary “chops” to be saved for academic reasons. What […]

Junk-Mail Fish: An Environmental Art Collage Project
May 09, 2017

Junk-Mail Fish: An Environmental Art Collage Project

Got junk mail? Yeah, we all do! Ads for pizza and burgers, catalogs for gadgets and clothes … Most junk mail gets thrown out, though some of it gets recycled. Why not turn it into eye-catching art instead? As Director of ArtReach at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Md., I team up with local […]

Found-Object Faces
May 11, 2016

Found-Object Faces

I am a big fan of using found objects in my art classes. It’s a great way to “recycle” and use up small craft supplies that have shown up in the art room. My found-object faces came about as a solution for using up donated supplies and from a desire to show students that portraits don’t […]

Mixed-Media Motivates
November 10, 2015

Mixed-Media Motivates

Don’t throw out the boxes you receive your art supplies in—save that cardboard and recycle it into an exciting project. It’s not only a fun (and cheap) material for backing artwork and making 3-D projects, but cardboard is the perfect surface for this mixed-media art project. This is a favorite of many of my Art […]