Painting the Bright Colors of the Rainforest
March 02, 2018

Painting the Bright Colors of the Rainforest

Bring out the paint and students are motivated! When I shared that we would be painting birds in the rainforest, students were eager to begin. First, we discussed the rainforest and viewed pictures online. Most of the students were aware of the destruction of the rainforest, and expressed their empathy and concern for all living […]

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 […]