Common Core Vocabulary for Middle School Visual Arts

During the next school year my school district will be unrolling the Common Core Standards. The mission statement of the Common Core Standards is thus: "The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.… Continue reading Common Core Vocabulary for Middle School Visual Arts

"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)