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 […]

Technical Meets Creative / Lesson 5 of 10
December 09, 2016

Technical Meets Creative / Lesson 5 of 10

Lesson 5 of 10 Still-Life Series by Debi West I love doing still-life studies with my students. From the beginning art student to the seasoned, it’s always an exciting challenge to not only create a still-life set up that will inspire students and push them to their personal best, but to incorporate the textures that are so […]

Ribbons and Spheres
February 10, 2016

Ribbons and Spheres

As the “Introduction to Art” teacher, a diverse group of students from grades 9–12 attend my classes, all with varying levels of interest and ability. I have found that I need to ease the classes in to new skills and concepts, one baby step at a time. Learning to draw from life can be intimidating. […]