Toothpick Sculpture
April 04, 2017

Toothpick Sculpture

Most everyone knows how to wrap a birthday present, but can everyone wrap an artwork? The artist Christo and his late wife, Jean Claude, were the masters. They have wrapped mountains, rivers, cathedrals, and government buildings, and are the inspiration for our building/wrapping “Toothpick Sculptures.” The abstract, geometric planes of the toothpick sculpture will contrast […]

Conceptual Art Provokes Critical Thinking
April 04, 2017

Conceptual Art Provokes Critical Thinking

Each school year, it seems like our students are testing more and more and creative problem-solving less and less. In an effort to stimulate my students to think on a much deeper level, I embarked on a conceptual sculpture/earthwork assignment with my Sculpture II and III students. For some of them, this lesson was a […]

Bathing Beauties in Clay
July 08, 2016

Bathing Beauties in Clay

When the National Gallery of Canada held a Lisette Model retrospective, the image that was used to advertise the show was one of the artist’s Coney Island photographs. The curators had the  image enlarged to fill the entire southern flank of the gallery. One could see the Rubenesque bathing beauty in all her glory a […]

Cardboard Cubism
April 08, 2016

Cardboard Cubism

I developed this “Cardboard Cubism” lesson plan from an assignment I really enjoyed doing while in college. I first taught it during my student teaching at Alcoa (Tennessee) High School, with Ms. Minda Cedeno, and since, have been able to adapt and use the material in my eighth-grade art classes at Alcoa Middle School. The lesson […]