Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Emily's Book



I am so proud of my daughter Emily who helped me start this blog and wrote the poems in the lesson Drawing - Illustrating poems. Her book, The Dragon Behind the Glass, has been named one of Library Journal's five best books of 2016 in science and technology.

"Voigt immerses readers in the ruthless world of the exotic fish trade that involves murder, smugglers, and globe-trotting. More than just a compelling tale, though, this is a perceptive work that examines layered themes about endangered species and our relationship to nature."

It is also one of ten books longlisted for the Pen/E. O. Wilson literary science writing award for 2017.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Drawing - All-School Artists

The children use watercolor markers to draw self-portraits for an “All-School Artists” display.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Cut Paper - Stand-up Clowns


The children use construction paper and glue to create whimsical clowns. For ages 6 to 9. Plan 2 to 3 sessions.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Printing - Fruit & Vegetable Prints with Oil Pastel

The children explore shapes and textures by making relief prints using fruit and vegetables, and then create backgrounds with oil pastels. Ages 9 to 13. Plan 2 to 3 sessions.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

In the Style of - Edward Hopper


After learning about the life and works of Edward Hopper, the children use his style to make paintings of houses. For ages 9 to 13. Plan 2 to 3 sessions.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Clay - Free Clay Day

The children plan and create their own projects for "free-clay day.” For all ages. Plan 2 to 3 sessions.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Papier Mâché - Layered Bowls

The children construct bowls using papier mâché and then design them with cut paper and paint. For ages 9 to 13. Plan 4 to 5 sessions.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Painting - Textures & Patterns

The children explore brushstrokes to depict the textures in everyday objects and then repeat the brushstrokes to fill their paintings with patterns. For ages 6 to 9. Plan 2 to 3 sessions.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Clay - West African Ritual Pots


After learning about ritual vessels from West Africa, the children make and combine clay pinch pots and decorate them with African style figures. For ages 9 to 13. Plan 6 sessions.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Cut Paper - Birdcages

The children use paper and glue to create birds and their cages. For ages 3 to 6. Plan 2 sessions.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Printing - Suminagashi

The children manipulate colored inks on the surface of water to make Suminagashi prints. For ages 9 to 13. Plan 1 to 2 sessions.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

In the Style of - Grandma Moses

After learning about Grandma Moses and her paintings, the children use her style to paint landscapes. For ages 6 to 13. Plan 2 to 3 sessions.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Clay - Fishbowl Plaques

After rolling clay slabs, the children cut out the shapes of fishbowls and fill them with underwater creatures. For ages 6 to 9. Plan 4 sessions.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Painting & Printing - Brush-dyed Paper

After folding rice paper into pie-shaped wedges, the children paint designs on one side, then turn the wedges over and paint the mirror image. When the paper is unfolded, intricate patterns are revealed. For ages 9 to 13. Plan 1 session.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Drawing - Crayon Engraving with Oil Pastel

After applying a thick coat of crayon to their papers and covering it with black paint, the children scratch in designs and embellish them with oil pastels. For ages 9 to 13. Plan 4 sessions.