Collage and a Sense of Wonder

        My collages often include painted papers, bits of prints, directly stamp printing on the surface, under and over-painting with acrylics, charcoal drawing, and textured or printed papers. How many of these can you see in this collage–Light through the Trees? My work is about seeing, and being “woke” to the wonders [...]

The Five Senses: How We Come to Know our World

As a young child, feeling the warmth of the sun on my face, reflected from the Cabana Club pool, my feet dangling in the cold pool water. My summers were spent poolside while my dad worked his summer job of Pool Director. At home, being tucked in under the covers at bedtime. My bedtime ritual with [...]

Saying “Yes” to Children’s Ideas–Teaching vs. Learning

TEACHING VS. LEARNING: One of the scariest things about transitioning to a choice based approach to working with children is a teacher’s fear of losing control.  Many of us are operating under the false assumption that if we control every possible variable, we will ensure that our students are learning. Today, there are whole texts [...]

Children and Collage

I have often heard comments from art teachers about the challenge of inspiring children to make collages in choice-based art classrooms.  We know that kids respond strongly to the collage illustrations of Eric Carle, Leo Lionni, Ezra Jack Keats, and other visual storytellers.  So what happens when we ask children to make a collage as [...]

mid-year musings from the elementary choice studio

This photo gallery shows student work completed in the last six weeks.  With three snow days to interrupt our flow, students nonetheless have shown great focus and persistence in creating original works in a variety of media.  My students are working hard to prepare work for our annual art show on March 31 in the [...]