2nd grade MLK portraits

Second Graders worked in small groups to paint MLK portraits.  While painting the portraits students:

1. Discussed a word that would inspire us & others to carry on his legacy.

2. Worked as team players to discuss color scheme.

3. Executed a plan in a timely manner.

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Printmaking with young people

Litho pic

This past semester, I took Lithography and was scared out of my mind.  My adviser kept telling me to give it a try. The last time I took a printmaking class was in 1990 something.  Honestly, the only memory I have was scratching into plexi-glass, churning the wheel of printing press and my professor saying “It’s all about the marks.”  (Head drop…)  From there, feeling way more successful in the other studios, I pushed this experience out of my mind until last semester at the Corcoran.  My professor for this class created an entirely different experience that was open, supportive, positive, independent and required community.   Every single process was entirely new, the studio looked very similar to my first experience, we took pages of notes and  listed 36 or more steps, but for some reason I felt completely at home and that it was ok if I made mistakes!

When I first moved to DC and got my job teaching elementary art in 1998,  I remember my first field trip was to the Corcoran and on our field trip, we went down to education studio to complete our tour with a screen print.  I rushed out at got screens and squeegies and since then established a printmaking curriculum that includes collographs and linoleum prints.  But it is this past semester in Lithography, that I believe has churned out the best of me to bring to my students.  While my first experience was a little rough to say the least in printmaking, I knew after this past semester it did not have to be for my students. As my students explore printmakingK-5, I hope this inspires your teaching Lithography PaigeB !


2nd Subject in a Series

coil pot series


Finding a friend in Art

“Finding a friend in Art” is one of my favorite lessons to teach because I love friends! Learning about Alexander Calder and Joan Miro thru The Phillips Collection teaching packet was so much fun, I could barely control myself to read it completely! With Calder from New York and Miro from Barcelona, my mind was spinning thinking of taxi’s, bright lights, warm evening air & strolling on the sidewalk with live music everywhere. My first question for students is “What do you value in a friend?” Often the answer is, “They like what I like and do.” That is often where we start our discussion in art. Calder and Miro teach us that they find common interest in using line, color and shape. They also teach us that this visual language can be spoken in two and three dimensional representations. What I also find so exciting about these artful friends is that their materials to produce drawings, painting and sculpture can merge together. These artworks inspire our youth to find a calm and open mind their own observation, alternative view and expression of similar subject matter. The friendship of Calder and Miro and interpretation of elements has provided a timeless resource for our students and a valuable life lesson of how to problem solve with similar interest but alternative view.!

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