“Valuing” Self-Portraits
February 02, 2018

“Valuing” Self-Portraits

I used to do this project with acrylic paint and have mixed the different values, but I was looking for a way to simplify this project for my students. Then I discovered gray-tone pastels. A box of them contains a white and a black pastel, along with four shades of gray from light to dark—more than […]

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 […]