Urban Cityscapes Inspired by Room 9: Art!

Have you ever done a project simply based on the materials you had on hand and fallen in love with the results?  I have.I posted previously about these incredible cityscapes by Room 9: Art! In my mind, the cityscapes are not only beautiful; they use easily found resources. I'm bowled over by this ingenious project… Continue reading Urban Cityscapes Inspired by Room 9: Art!

How-To Have the Most Engaged Class Ever

I had a revelation this week. Which, you know, is rare. . .This has been a weird quarter.  My students have missed six days of instruction due to snow days, and I missed two additional days due to pre-scheduled professional development.  Due to this loss of instructional time, it has been hard to get the… Continue reading How-To Have the Most Engaged Class Ever

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

Medieval Egg Tempera Painting in the Middle School Classroom

I love getting to see the breadth of style and skill in my class. I love teaching students how to egg tempera paint; it has got to be one of my all-time, favorite units.  Egg tempera is the method medieval artists used to create their paintings.  Artists like Giotto (when he wasn’t working on the Scrovegni… Continue reading Medieval Egg Tempera Painting in the Middle School Classroom

Pop Art Candy Wrappers and Prang Product Review

This past Summer, DixonTiconderoga Company contacted me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing a few of their products.  I’ve never known any Art teacher to turn away free products, and I am no different.  They sent me a generous box full of Dixon Ticonderoga pencils and, Prang colored pencils (Dixon Ticonderoga is… Continue reading Pop Art Candy Wrappers and Prang Product Review