The Jackson ‘Pollocks’: Glazed Clay Fish

Jackson Pollock glazed clay fishSixth grade just finished the clay fish project. The students had open use of my glazes – some chose to do an ‘Action Jackson’ Pollock-inspired pollock.  The fish were base coated with a solid coat of underglaze, then splattered with a variety of underglazes. No clear top coat necessary.

This technique worked best on untextured clay.

The entire project took three class periods. You can read about the entire clay fish process here and here.

More glazing techniques next week!

Yoga at the Museums!

Can you believe it? TWO San Diego art museums are holding yoga events this April.

The San Diego Museum of Art will hold a series of four weekly yoga classes Monday nights in April, 2013. Click here for more information.

Experience art in context during Yoga at the Museum. Strengthen your mind and body as you practice yoga in the San Diego Museum of Art’s Hibben Gallery and meditate on the art around you. Instructor Amy Pachowicz will offer a four-week course focusing on renewal, creation, and lifeforce. The goals are to increase energy through basic pranayama (breath work), supported backbends, beginning inversions and twists, and restorative poses. Hip-opening poses will also be taught as a way to increase creativity. Each class will be a mixture of poses and is appropriate for all levels.

How fabulous is that?

yoga at ncm

On April 19, 2013 The New Children’s Museum is hosting Namaste at NCM – An Evening of Yoga and Wine for a Purpose. This is a fundraiser to benefit camp scholarships for low-income children.

This special event will take place on the New Children’s Museum’s main level. The breathtaking architecture of NCM’s beautiful and modern museum space, surrounded by the twinkling lights of downtown San Diego, will help inspire your “inner yogi”– all while raising money for a great cause! The yoga practice will be led by Sabrina Garland of Garland Yoga, assisted by the talented instructors of Urban Yogi, while DJ Paul Peterson spins the evening’s tunes. BRING YOUR MAT! Sushi, bites, dessert, and wine will be served immediately following the yoga practice.

How fabulous is that?

Tickets are $45/person, $40 for NCM members. Click here for more info.


Peter Max Statue of Liberty Round Up

I just finished up a Peter Max Statue of Liberty project with my first graders.  To plan this lesson, I took a look at a lot of elementary-level Peter Max lesson plans on the internet. All my research is contained in the Round Up collage above.

Do you like this collage? Click on the collage. Hover over each image and you will see an arrow.  Click on the arrow to link directly to the lesson.

I made this graphic using a free website called ThingLink.  It allows users to make images interactive. I learned about ThingLink on the Free Technology for Teachers blog.

Here are some more resources you can use for your lesson:

Meet Peter Max: has a great selection of Peter Max artworks, including a Liberty Head, psychedelic artwork from the 1960s, and Warhol-like portraits of famous people.

Our students watched Peter Max prep his canvases this EXCELLENT 2008 video from CBS This Morning. (Requires flash. Reading this on an iPhone or iPad? Click here)

Our Art Project: We ended up doing a two-day art project using  tempera cakes and black crayon on 12″x18″ sulphite and manila paper.

Day 1:Paint backgrounds in style of Peter Max. Students made patches of color, stripes or even polka dots.

Day 2: Use black crayon or oil pastel in directed draw of Statue of Liberty head. BE SURE TO TELL STUDENTS TO GO BACK OVER THEIR LINES SO THEY ARE THICK AND BLACK.

Here is one of our first grade artworks:

peter max statue of liberty



NAEA Goodie Bag!!!

Col Art Goodie Bag full of art supplies!!!

Col Art Goodie Bag full of art supplies!!!

I couldn’t attend the 2013 NAEA Conference in Texas. However, the wonderful folks at ColArt sent me this FABULOUS goodie bag of their art supplies in honor of K-6 Art selection as a top 10 Art Ed blog for 2012.

The goodie bag contained lots of paints, brushes, markers, pencils, mini canvases and even face paint from brands including Reeves, Liquitex, Windsor and Newton, Conte, Letraset and Snazaroo.

What to try first? I cannot wait to try out my Reeves Water Soluble Wax Pastels. (Compensated affiliate link).

Apparently the colored wax adheres to foil. Here is a lesson plan from Blick that uses the wax pastels on textured tooling foil:

Textured tooling foil colored with wax pastel. Source


I have a name art foil relief project on the blog that might look very nice in wax pastel! I will definitely report back on my experiments with all my fabulous new supplies.

Thank you ColArt!

Sixth Grade Clay Fish from a Template

Whew! We just finished our clay fish this afternoon. They took 40-60 minutes to decorate. We rolled and cut them last week and stored them in gallon Ziplock bags. I wrote about the clay fish process in this post.
Here are some nice examples.





A bunch of kids are coming in early to help clean up. Whew!







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