"What I Do" Meme: Art Teacher Edition

Have you been enjoying the "What I Do" memes as much as I have? I love seeing how my friends interpret their careers and how they think everyone else interprets their job. Marcia, from Art is Basic, sent out a challenge for Art Teachers to create their own meme. . . And that was the… Continue reading "What I Do" Meme: Art Teacher Edition

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: 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)

Let’s Get Testing!

Not my best angle, but you know, who is Keith Loutit?Okay. You're back at school and now that the holidays are officially over, your administration is gearing up for that official, how-much-funding-will-we-retain, AYP, testing!We could all have an in-depth discussion about how we feel about testing, the merits, the drawbacks, the impacts, and the results.… Continue reading Let’s Get Testing!

What’s Happening in Art This Week?

Do you have to blog as part of your job requirement? I do. Not here of course, but my school expects all teachers to keep a blog that is updated weekly. This provides an important resource for parents and students alike. Teachers use it in a variety of different ways in my school from a… Continue reading What’s Happening in Art This Week?

Lesson Plan, Kandinsky, Tchaikovsky, and Non-Objective Art

Welcome back to a new school year! Last year, I started a feature called "Lesson Plan Wednesday." This year a I have a new job, in a new town, with new students! The nature of how I will be teaching this year is changing how lesson plans will be posted during the school year. I… Continue reading Lesson Plan, Kandinsky, Tchaikovsky, and Non-Objective Art