- Hi, I’m Karen Kiick! I am an artist and a teacher. I view both roles as important, but the teacher in me never rests. The satisfaction of guiding people to realize their creative gifts fuels everything I do. On this site, you'll find a bunch of art lesson plans, ideas, and student work. Thanks for visiting!
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Over the years, I’ve found myself thinking about the difference between a groove and a rut. When you imagine them, they are both essentially the same thing. However, when interpreted, a rut confines and limits movement, and a groove defines it, while facilitating … Continue reading
My senior students graduated a month ago and it feels like I am now just starting to hit my summer stride. I have set a “new” routine that (although still involves school work, curriculum writing and planning) contains more time … Continue reading
My friend Ellen shared a great article with me about Ai Weiwei’s most recent work. The article is posted on the creators project blog. [Exclusive] Ai Weiwei says Twitter is Art I appreciate his belief that all of his expressions … Continue reading
It’s been a really long time since my last post. I’m back and am approaching the summer with the motto: doing is renewing. Eager to see what develops. Happy summer.
How lucky we are that inspiration can come from everywhere. This lesson idea was sparked by a personal experience that I had with a very special fortune cookie from nearly 20 years ago. I shared the story with my students … Continue reading
The Creative Arts students participated in a collaborative art making experience designed around the theme: celebrity. These collaborative works of art were created by the combined aesthetic decisions and contributions of three different students, who were known to each other … Continue reading
Inspired by Andy Warhol and other pop artists – my students created these fun pop prints! Click here to read more about the lesson!
This colored pencil drawing lesson had several learning layers that added to its sweetness! We drew, we shaded and learned about color and value. We also looked at several living artists whose work is physically made from sweets or artists … Continue reading
The bike…our first drawing assignment of the year. More than 75% of my students this year are new art students. I love watching kids do things they never thought they could do. Ride on!