Symbolic Ceramic Totem Poles
January 07, 2019

Symbolic Ceramic Totem Poles

Like many art educators, I have struggled to find ways to provide new and engaging activities to help students make meaningful art and talk about it to their peers and teachers. Clay is an inexpensive and effective way to get students to openly communicate through their art what they may be feeling or experiencing. In […]

3D Intro Art / Article 3 of 10
October 08, 2018

3D Intro Art / Article 3 of 10

Article 3 of 10 Who Am I? Relief Sculptures by Debi West I think it’s always so important to ask our students to think deeply about who they are. I start off many of my projects with this idea in mind, but for this lesson it’s more about what encompasses them as a person. This lesson […]

3D Intro Art / Article 2 of 10
September 10, 2018

3D Intro Art / Article 2 of 10

Article 2 of 10 Cardboard Relief Sculptures by Debi West There’s just something really awesome about cardboard! I remember early in my career how excited I got when all of the new art supplies arrived in boxes of all sizes. After the supplies were organized and put into their proper locations, being an environmentalist (and […]

Nichos: The Art of Remembering
September 10, 2018

Nichos: The Art of Remembering

The 2017 release of the animated film, Coco, thrust the Day of the Dead—or Dia de los Muertos—even more into the zeitgeist of popular culture. While this holiday may be new to many Americans, it has always been a favorite in art rooms across the country. Dia de los Muertos is traditionally celebrated Nov. 1–2, […]