Personal Still Life in a Box
February 02, 2018

Personal Still Life in a Box

Every year, I had the challenge of making my students’ art personal. One way I accomplished this was by having my Art 2 Drawing and Painting students collect small, meaningful  personal items, and arrange them for a still-life drawing. I would plan ahead for this assignment by asking the vending-machine man to please save for […]

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, […]

Start the Year with Classy Doodling
August 05, 2015

Start the Year with Classy Doodling

Remember sitting in a meeting or class and doodling on your notes? Or, listening to music and doodling in time to the music? “On hold” for a phone call and mindlessly doodling? Or, waiting for the computer to load and having the lines just flow out of your hand? This warm-up engages students in drawing and […]