Category Archives: Art Lessons

Every Wall is a Door

Ralph Waldo Emerson was the one who said, “Every wall is a door”.  This quote has always helped me to remain optimistic and hopeful. It seems fitting for this post and my student’s work above. My students are finished with … Continue reading

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i.d.entity collage

Working with mixed media in the art room is like watching a tornado of materials and ideas flying around in circles until something settles into place.  My students have spent the past two weeks working on their i.d.entity collages. My … Continue reading

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Water, Water Everywhere!

I realized that I haven’t written about the other half of my job in a while….(which would be my 500+ middle school students!)  It’s a whirlwind!  In the past, I’ve written about my Art is Elemental middle school cycle art … Continue reading

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500 years of Self-Portraits

I just taught an art history lesson to my students that highlighted 500 years of self-portraits. For my students, I think seeing and learning that virtually every artist has created a self-portrait (or tons of them) during their lifetime, put … Continue reading

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Self-Portrait Color Studies

Here are a few of my students’ 9 x 12 color studies. This is all in practice and preparation for their large monochromatic tempera batik paintings – coming soon! They’re all pretty cool as small ones, so our expectations are … Continue reading

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In Your Face!

We’ve been drawing self-portraits for the past 6 class periods in preparation for our Monochromatic Tempera Batik Paintings.  Well hello, 18 x 24 inch faces! Next step: yellow, red and blue – oh my! 9th – 12th grade student work … Continue reading

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Colored Pencil Studies

My students have been working on colored pencil studies. They each drew one whole and one cut apple on their decorated papers….and have officially reached their fill on the whole fruit thing!  Each drawing took about 4 – 5 days … Continue reading

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Fruit Still Life Drawings – click to view larger

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iphoto books!

Creating a book to document, celebrate or share your students’ work is easy and fun to do! If you use a mac, your iphoto has options built right in! If you use a PC, there are lots of resources, like … Continue reading

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Bloom Where You Are Planted

My twenty-first year teaching also marked my first year teaching high school drawing and painting. When I accepted my position at the high school back in 1996, I was hired to teach a highly specialized crafts program. For the past … Continue reading

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