First-Grade Portraits with Pendants
February 10, 2017

First-Grade Portraits with Pendants

While browsing a 2010 issue of Arts & Activities magazine, I was inspired to begin an ambitious portrait project with my first-grade artists. I wanted to introduce an easy clay project to my first-grade classes—one that would give them ample opportunity to explore working with clay for the very first time. I knew that they […]

Technical Meets Creative / Lesson 1 of 10
August 10, 2016

Technical Meets Creative / Lesson 1 of 10

Lesson 1 of 10 The Art of Portraiture   by Debi West I am excited to have the opportunity to write another yearlong series of lessons for Arts & Activities magazine this year. I believe that the next 10 articles will give teachers wonderful ideas of where to take their Art II students. I currently teach about […]

A Familiar Face: Exercise for First-Time Watercolorists
March 10, 2016

A Familiar Face: Exercise for First-Time Watercolorists

Watercolor painting relies on a variety of principles relating to brushwork, control and the physics of water. While at first glance it seems very simple, but watercolor can be quite complex. Making use of a range of application techniques will raise the image from a simple painting exercise to a serious watercolor work. High-school students […]

Double Self-Portraits in the Style of Chuck Close
March 10, 2016

Double Self-Portraits in the Style of Chuck Close

Chuck Close has always been one of my favorite artists. Not only do I love his strikingly inventive style of painting large-scale portraits, but I also love his story. Close overcame many obstacles in his life, including learning disabilities and a spinal cord collapse that ultimately left him paralyzed from the neck down. Close remains […]