Category Archives: Art Teaching

Planning a Conference!

The Art Educators of New Jersey (AENJ) is New Jersey’s Art Ed. organization with over 1,150 members. I currently serve on the Executive Board as the President Elect and am also the Conference Co-Chair. My colleague, Ellen and I are … Continue reading

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Artist Research

I created a new mid-term assessment project this year. My students had to select one artist to research from those we discussed in the 500 years of the portrait lesson.  The students were required to create a biographical research blog … Continue reading

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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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Reflections

We are naturally geared (and conditioned) to use the end of something as an opportunity to reflect on where we’ve been, what we’ve done and/or how we might change. As an artist, I love the act of reflection and do … 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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Teaching by Example

When I started developing and writing the Art is Elemental curriculum, I became frighteningly aware of the waste and wastefulness in my work life. It inspired me to take action in my classroom. Last year I invested in a bunch … Continue reading

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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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got ideas?

Every creative person I know understands that the creative process is a circuitous route. Looking at seemingly unrelated things can give you some of your greatest ideas! I’ve noticed that my best ideas have almost always come to me when … Continue reading

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