Sakura Season in the Art Room
December 09, 2016

Sakura Season in the Art Room

To prepare for this third- through fifth-grade art project, I made a poster with pictures found through a Google image search for “Japanese cherry blossom paintings.” During the search, I realized that art-appreciation could easily be added to this lesson, as there are abundant sources of images on the Internet. A number of Japanese artists […]

TR Mack and Lots of Dots
October 10, 2016

TR Mack and Lots of Dots

The past few years, I have made an effort to introduce more contemporary artists to my students: The color and shape patterns of Romero Britto, William Wegman’s whimsical photography, Andy Warhol’s Pop art, Laurel Burch’s artwork, which emphasized her joy of living, rather than her physical pain. When I discovered the decorative artwork of TR […]

Animal Spirit Coloring Book
May 11, 2016

Animal Spirit Coloring Book

One of my favorite projects to do with my eighth-grade students is the “Animal Spirit” project, which is inspired by the artwork by Sue Coccia (www.earthartinternational.com). This lesson has evolved since I discovered it years ago, during my student teaching. The original lesson plan came from Becky Levine, now retired from many successful years teaching […]

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 […]