Sessions 1 – 6



WEEK 5 & 6 – DECEMBER 11, 2015


Play this guessing game with your friends!

Which one of these painting was made by a real artist (whose piece is worth $1 million)?
Which one was made by a 4-year-old?
Which one was made by a gorilla?

A) B) C)

Scroll down for answers!





Answers: A) real artist – Karel Appel, B) a gorilla named Michael, C) 4-year-old – Jack Pezanosky

This week’s class: SCULPTURE


Homemade playdough is a great, inexpensive way to bring ANY area of the curriculum to life and keep kids completely engaged. It’s hands-on and minds-on the whole way!!

playdough in potdiy playdough

It also serves as an awesome way to do a ‘rough copy’ before using other mediums that are time-sensitive (e.g. clay… it dries out after awhile, so kids have to know what they’re going to do and get it done in one period!).

Click here for the RECIPE!


TO DO this week:

* Take photos of your 3D work to include in your art portfolio

* Finish your mask and bring it with you next class

* Finish assembling your art portfolio (including sticky note reflections), due next class


WEEK 4 – DECEMBER 4, 2015


This week’s class: PRINTMAKING


* BOTTOM LEFT: Number of print (out of total number of prints)
* BOTTOM CENTER: Title of print (should be the same for every print in the edition)
* BOTTOM RIGHT: Your name or initials


TO DO this week:

* Label your styrofoam and collagraph prints for your art portfolio (print number, title of the piece, your initials)

* Finish your lesson plan assignment, due next class



WEEK 3 – OCTOBER 23, 2015


This week’s lesson plan: DIGITAL ART


This week your assignment is online at

Your class login is: pjart15

Feel free to explore the teacher side of Bitstrips by logging in under my account:
Password: teacher


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VIDEO: Two Bad Ants By: Chris Van Allsburg


Picture 1



VIDEO: Did You Know? Shift Happens


The 4 Cs of 21st Century Learning

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TO DO this week:

* Finish your Bitstrips comic and print it out for your art portfolio

* Finish your collagraph matrix so we can print it next session

* Finish your patchwork quilt painting

* Finish your idea file, due next class (week 4)




This week’s lesson plan: DRAWING


Part of the teaching portion of this session will be done via online video, to demonstrate the concept of “flipping the classroom”, which is a current trend in education today. In ‘flipping the classroom’, students view a video and/or do some reading before coming to class. Class time is then used to answer questions on the instruction already received, as well as complete tasks.

The following video will demonstrate several drawing techniques, and the text document will fill you in on drawing development in children. We will be completing the studio activity presented in the video in class on Friday (as well as other activities).

VIDEO: Teaching Art: Proportion and Disproportion

TEXT: Drawing Development in Children (from The Art Teacher’s Companion)


In case you need a reminder on how to fold your 8 page book, here’s an instructional video:
VIDEO: How to Fold Your 8-page Book


Here is a word cloud from all your responses in session 1 on how you feel about teaching art, and what you hope to get out of this course. I’m demonstrating it for you here so you know what a word cloud is when it comes time to produce your own for your idea file! The larger words are ones that came up more frequently in your responses which helps us to visually and readily identify themes in how you feel as a class.

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TO DO this week:

* Finish your 8 pg. drawing booklet, your 5 gesture drawings, your 2 Picasso-style rough drafts and your 1 polished Picasso-style disproportionate portrait

* Write a 3rd and final reflection on a topic of your choice, related to this course (this will be submitted as part of your idea file)

* Continue to add to your idea file




This week’s lesson plan: PAINTING


The creative process:

The creative process is inextricably linked to learning, and inherent in virtually everything we do.


Videos from this week:

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The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds


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Sir Ken Robinson TED talk: Are Schools Killing Creativity? (Abridged)


SKR Montage: On the Nature of Creativity


TO DO this week:

* Write 2 reflections (to be submitted as part of your idea file):

.     (1) How do you feel about teaching art (incorporate ideas you explored in the pastel heart activity)?

.     (2) Using the prompt at the end of the montage video, reflect on how your creativity has been
.         nurtured/neglected over the years, and by whom.

* Finish your pastel heart drawing

* Start your idea file (due in session 4)