Millions and billions and trillions of cats today! We had a very feline-filled class today, as we learned all about American artist, Wanda Gag. Gag is probably best known for writing and illustrating the children’s book Millions of Cats, which not only won the Newbery Honor Award, but is the oldest American picture book still… Continue reading Fabulous Felines: The Art of Wanda Gag
As part of our series on artists who have overcome obstacles to create their art, today we focused on the amazingly inspirational life of Judith Scott. Judith was born, along with her twin sister, Joyce, on May 1, 1943 in Columbus, Ohio. She was born deaf and mute and with Down Syndrome and spent the… Continue reading Judith Scott and the ties that bind
I am so proud of my Time Travelers students, who are featured today on the Malala Yousafzai Fund Blog for the beautiful and inspirational Malala dolls we made in class. Every voice, big or small, makes a difference – and I am so lucky to work with such truly spectacular children who will, no doubt,… Continue reading My students in the news!
In both my Museum Masters and Time Travelers classes, I require the children to take notes. Whether they’re in first grade or fifth, I like the idea of them taking what they find interesting in class and either writing or drawing a few notes to remember. When I first started doing this, I wondered if… Continue reading Keith Haring Did Not Know How to Dance, and other notes from my students
It’s hard not to love Roy de Forest, especially his paintings of dogs. There is a whimsy and a, dare I say, craziness to his artwork that resonates so well with children. His bright colors and artistic fearlessness seem to give kids permission to create whatever they heck they want, and it’s truly refreshing to… Continue reading Who Let the Dogs Out: The Art of Roy de Forest
I recently reviewed Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet’s gorgeous children’s book A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin. And, trust me, it is truly spectacular. So, obviously, I just had to introduce my students to this amazing and inspiring artist. Before we go any further, I must admit that I didn’t know anything… Continue reading Horace Pippin’s Helping Hands
When I visited Washington DC last year for a dear friend’s wedding, I never imagined I would happen upon one of the most life-changing art exhibits I’d ever seen. My husband and I were enjoying a rare trip away from our kids, revisiting the city where we met. We were staying on L’Enfant Plaza and… Continue reading Ai Weiwei: The Art of Protest