Posts tagged art education

Printmaking with Gelatin

final_printsMay 21, 2015

I had been planning on trying gelatin printmaking with my Saturday morning kid’s art class for two years, but I was intimidated by how complex the process sounded after it was explained to me by a colleague…Let me clarify, this is SOOO EASY! I am kicking myself for not trying this sooner. It is also […]

The Importance of Creative Play

The Importance of Creative Play

Earlier this week, a friend of mine posted a New York Times article on Facebook titled, “Let the Kids Learn Through Play.” I was excited to read the article and want to share it with my readers. One of the learning objectives that you will see consistently repeated in the lessons and projects I create […]

Textured Watercolor Paintings

final paintingMay 21, 2015

Oooooo! I had so much fun doing this  project with my Saturday morning little kid’s art class, and the results were fantastic. It was so rewarding to watch each student playing with the materials, and making creative choices. Each painting turned out very differently and they were so into it, they each made like three […]

iPad Portrait Paintings: A Tool for Novice Painters

iPad Portrait Painting

iPads have officially infiltrated the art classroom (all classrooms for that matter) and they are quickly being integrated into curriculums across the country. I admit, I have mixed feelings about them. I love my personal iPad, I love using it as a teacher to reflect my iPad screen onto my projection dry-erase board, I love […]

Color Wheel Cupcakes (art you can eat! yummy!)

colowheel finished closeup_April 26, 2015

An art project that you can eat? Oh yeah, baby! Learning about color mixing can be both fun, educational, and delicious! This project gives a whole new meaning to, “Taste the Rainbow.” 😀 My sister and her two boys were in town this past week, visiting my parents, so I traveled home for some family […]

I’m a Little Teapot…(a work in progress)

Pinch Pot Teapots

I had my ceramics class last night, which I am treating myself to as a way to experiment, play, and learn new things about my art making practice (I am more of a 2D artist). Class is so fun too– it is awesome to be able to socialize with a great group of people. This […]

Collagraph Printmaking for All Ages

Collagraph Printmaking for All Ages!

What is a collagraph you say? It’s a very fun and simple method of printmaking that involves adhering materials to a plate (board) to build up a surface that will then be rolled with ink and printed. Collagraphy is accessible to everyone and doesn’t involve using dangerous or sharp carving tools like many other printmaking […]

Paper Marbling with Shaving Cream!

Paper Marbling with Shaving Cream!

Shaving cream paper marbling has been an art project circulating the web for awhile now, and rightfully so…it is super fun! Kids “ooh and ahh” at the incredibly beautiful results they achieve. The project is easy enough for children to do almost entirely on their own, it is tactile, creative, and messy in a really […]

Practice Makes Perf-…You Better.

after blending the two slabs together, i took a cutting tool and trimmed the bowl so that it was flush with the inside edge of the mold. i used a hand held cheese cutting wire (looks like a handle in the shape of a goal post with a wire across), but a sharp fettling knife or tool would work too.

“Hello, my name is Trish O’Donnell, and I am a recovering perfectionist.” Step one is admitting to the problem. I say “recovering” because I will never stop being a perfectionist. I have obsessed with doing everything as perfectly as possible for as long as my memory goes back. It has been something I have prided […]

Old School vs. New School

Old School vs New School

Everything has a beginning. Most everyone agrees that visual art plays an important role in human development, but how and when did art education become a part of compulsory education? There have been a multitude of social, cultural, and historical events that have shaped art education throughout the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries into what […]