Lesson Plan: Lichtenstein Pop Art Self-Portrait

My self-portrait exemplarPop Art is an exciting genre to teach. I find that my students are easily are excited about any kind of art that they perceive as heavily referencing their culture. . . i.e. "pop" culture. And, even though the Pop Art you and I think of is not really our students' current culture… Continue reading Lesson Plan: Lichtenstein Pop Art Self-Portrait

Lesson Plan: Hip Hop Contour Line Shoes

Ever have a lesson plan you back into that ends up being awesome? Yeah. This one is kind of like that.I wanted my students to have more opportunities to work on their drawing skills; specifically, their realism drawing skills. I knew completing a contour line assignment would be a great project to build these skills,… Continue reading Lesson Plan: Hip Hop Contour Line Shoes

Value Shading and Self Portraits

Value, as you all know, is deceptively easy to teach. On the one hands kids "get" that there are shadows and light areas appearing on what see. . . But, trying to get them to illustrate this understanding can be an epic struggle. As I'm now teaching Middle School students full time, I've had a… Continue reading Value Shading and Self Portraits

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

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