Monday, November 22, 2010


Middle school kids get pretty excited for holidays and always want to have a project related to the nearest holiday in my art class. The last couple years I have had my painting kids do a cornucopia at Thanksgiving time that includes their favorite foods. It's always funny to see what they include. Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tough Concepts

The most difficult concept that I teach in my 7th grade art classes is linear perspective. It's a very left-brain thing and a lot of kids who choose to take art are right-brainers who tend to struggle with subjects that fall on the left-brain side of life.

Some kids understand the basics with little or no problem:

And for some kids it just doesn't make sense no matter how I explain it or how many times I show them how it's done: