December Madness If you are like me, December is a wonderful and chaotic time of year in the art room. We are wrapping up artworks and getting ready to end the semester course or just reaching the halfway point of year round classes. There is a festive spirit, but also a little stress as everyone tries to wrap up grading while keeping students interested in … Continue reading Holiday Artwork Choice Board
This soap carving art lesson will show you how to sculpt an abstract design using Ivory soap. We focused on organic abstraction, negative space and how to create a sculpture that is in the round. I use this lesson with my mixed 9th-12th 3D Design course. There are quite a variety of student abilities in mixed together, so we practiced carving soap before we moved … Continue reading Soap Carving Art Lesson
I am hoping this school year will be one for trying out brand new ideas or bringing back old favorites. Nothings stretches your imagination like teaching during a global pandemic, right? I always want my students to have opportunities to create sculpture. In 2020, a social distanced art room is very different than the hustle and bustle of a clay clean-up from the past. How … Continue reading Clay Figure Sculpture
Practicing basic drawing techniques can help artists of all ages build confidence and sharpen their technical skills. I love having my students keep a sketchbook. It’s a great opportunity for students to practice foundational skills, brainstorm artwork ideas, and write and reflect about their own artwork and the artwork of others. It’s a great place to hit all of the standards of teaching that are … Continue reading Step by Step Sketchbook Drawing Prompts
Firing a kiln can be an exciting and terrifying experience. The vision of fire truck sirens and billowy smoke is enough to keep you awake at night. Will I burn down the school? Will one hundred student artworks explode into smithereens? Why did they not teach me how to do this in my college ceramics class!? This post is a compilation of my advice and …
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