Monthly Archives: November 2016

Printing with Blocks


50093206I recently attended the Mingei Museum’s Educator Open House. They often have leftover art supplies that they give out. Pretty much anything you can carry out of that room can be yours. I have oodles of supplies so I only took a few items. One of which was a bag of foam blocks.


There were not enough for a class set but I was able to cut them in half with my ceramic knife and supplement the project with old math manipulatives.

The preschool students and I talked about all the shapes, we named them, we looked at them, we talked about how some shapes fit into other shapes.


It was a fun discussion. They were given plates of paint with only one color and a few blocks. My tables fit 8 students so we used primary colors plus green. Students always share supplies in my class which helps me keep my supply budget low.

Students stamped as many of the shape in one color as they wanted to then we rotated the plates until every color had been used. art


Persian Tile


I try to bring in lessons that celebrate some of the many cultures we have here in our community.


For this lesson, we looked at Persian tiles and talked a bit about the history.


I told the students they could imitate the tiles we looked at or they could be the tile designer and do their own thing.


Students could make their images symmetrical or not. They used oil pastel and permanent marker.



What Lifts You?




I had seen the work of Kelsey Montague about a year ago. I love her idea that her murals are interactive and that people can post themselves with the art to social media.


My students did self-portraits in oil pastel then cut them out and affixed them to wings of their own design.



We took it one step further and several students contributed to create a mural that students can interact with. It has been a big hit with kids and adults alike.