- 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!
Category Archives: Art Teaching
Sometimes it’s hard to know where our inspiration comes from. We see, hear and react to things all the time, non-stop. It’s a blur! I thought it would be fun to turn getting inspiration into a series of games (spinners, dice … 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.
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
Inspiration and ideas come from everywhere….it’s sensory and stimulating – and it’s what makes life so interesting!! This lesson idea came from a variety a wonderful conversations with colleagues and a children’s book called, Patches. I set out to develop … Continue reading
Here are some of our cut paper lanterns! Hope you like these as much as I do. Click here to see the artists that I showed my students for inspiration. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like a copy of … Continue reading
Every year I expose my students to art history in a variety of ways. We look at specific artists (past and present) that are appropriate for a specific assignment. But, I also try to provide them with an understanding of … Continue reading
Twenty three years of making art with kids has allowed me to learn a few things along the way! Man-O-Man, I love a good system…and having one for painting sure makes the job a lot easier. I thought I’d share … Continue reading
My students are currently designing a paper lantern that is inspired by a season. I am having them approach it like a design challenge! In addition to the imagery of their cut designs, the students must also design the lantern’s … Continue reading
Today is election day! For the past three weeks, my students have been working on a mixed media collage as a visual means of “casting their vote” for the next president or “taking a stand” on an issue pertinent to … Continue reading