Formal Charcoal Portraits and Informal Art Journal Portraits

My 8th graders just completed a fairly rigorous unit on self-portraiture. One -very talented- student queried, "haven't we already drawn ourselves this year?! We've already done this!"  Well, and she is right. . . But, I explained to her, and everyone, that all artists learn how to draw the human form by first studying their… Continue reading Formal Charcoal Portraits and Informal Art Journal Portraits

Lesson Plan: Doodle Houses for Testing Week

Above is my exemplar inspired by Jeanette Carlstrom's "House in the Hills"Standardized Testing week begins for my school next week and lasts for five days. I'm already feeling bad for the students who will spend at least 1/2 the school day bent over a test. I know when they come to Art they will be… Continue reading Lesson Plan: Doodle Houses for Testing Week

Lesson Plan: Creating Digital Graffiti

My Digital Graffiti Wall (brick wall "base photo" from here) My students love graffiti; they have been clamoring for me to teach a graffiti unit all year. But, honestly, I've been torn.image from http://www.banksy.co.uk/outdoors/poplar1.htmlPersonally, I adore graffiti. When you look at what artists like Banksy contribute to society, it is hard to ignore the visual… Continue reading Lesson Plan: Creating Digital Graffiti

Lesson Plan: Creating Picasso-Inspired Cubist Superheroes

Cubist Mojo JojoI have to chalk this one up to Pinterest.Through Pinterest, I came across the artwork of the amazing design firm, WonderBros, whom (among other amazing things) creates cubist superheroes. I knew this would be a great connection to Picasso and cubism for my students.In years past, I’ve planned and taught the requisite cubist… Continue reading Lesson Plan: Creating Picasso-Inspired Cubist Superheroes

Lesson Plan: Black History Month & Creating a Self Portrait Using Text

In just a few days it will be February and Black History Month. It has always been important for me to celebrate Black History Month with my students. I know that sometimes people find celebrating one race for a month disconcerting. . .I've heard people say "Why isn't there [other racial group] History Month?" That… Continue reading Lesson Plan: Black History Month & Creating a Self Portrait Using Text

Lesson Plan: Albrecht Durer and Printmaking (on the cheap)

This is a fabulous lesson plan I stumbled across nearly a decade ago on The Incredible Online Art Department. Over the years, I’ve varied it and seen all sorts of incarnations. This project is recommended for students in 6th grade or older as it makes use of linoleum cutters. However, with modifications like Styrofoam printing… Continue reading Lesson Plan: Albrecht Durer and Printmaking (on the cheap)

Lesson Plan: Op Art Spheres (the easy way)

This is an exemplar I having been using for while; image from hereTeaching about Optical Illusions is so much fun. I have been doing the following lesson for as many years as I have been teaching. The ones I have here aren't quite finished, but I thought I'd share some in-process with you.I recommend this… Continue reading Lesson Plan: Op Art Spheres (the easy way)