Behavior Management – Student and Teacher Reflection

The beginning of the second half of school (January to May/June) is a wonderful time of year to review and revamp your classroom rules and procedures. All teachers struggle with behavior management from time to time; managing humans is a tough job. One of my favorite (and tried-and-true) methods of behavior management is a behavior… Continue reading Behavior Management – Student and Teacher Reflection

Lesson Plan: John James Audubon and Texture Techniques

I love drawing birds. Oddly, it isn't something I would think of if someone asked: "what do you like to draw?" But, if you look at my portfolio birds appear over and over again. Well, birds and squirrels ! I love squirrels too! Birds have easy-to-draw bodies, and not unlike butterflies, if you get the… Continue reading Lesson Plan: John James Audubon and Texture Techniques

Rasterizing Images to Make a Giant (and cheap) Poster

lean your head waaaayyyy back from the screen to get the full effect! 🙂 Thanks for viewing the video of my new classroom; I'm super excited about it! Some of you really appreciated my ginormous Magadelene image (by Da Vinci) blown up to epic proportions on one of the cabinets in my classroom. I've been… Continue reading Rasterizing Images to Make a Giant (and cheap) Poster

Matisse Goldfish Bowls

Part of my school's curriculum is the expectation that I teach young students to emulate a famous artwork. I have conflicted feelings about this requirement. On the one hand, parents love these projects and as such, the projects garner a lot of attention for the art department and lead to general good feelings about my… Continue reading Matisse Goldfish Bowls