Ceramic Masks

Incorporating the use of symmetry and geometric designs, students created ceramic masks inspired by those they studied from various West African cultures. Advertisements

“Anyone Can Fly” – Faith Ringgold

Inspired by the book Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold.

Clay Dragons! by 4th and 5th graders

The book, Imagine a Dragon by Mr. Laurence Pringle, is a wonderful source of information about dragon mythology, both Eastern and Western. After reading the book together, students did several sketches of possible… Continue reading

Figurative Mosaics made by 4th and 5th grade students in a collaborative group project.

Students in each 4/5 class traced each other on large brown paper. Each class chose one figure to develop into a mosaic. I cut the figures out of plywood board with a jig… Continue reading

Trees of Life, Mixed Media, 2nd and 3rd grade

Trees of Life, Klimt inspired, 4th and 5th grade

Pointillist Landscape Painting by 4th and 5th graders

Preparation: After studying Seurat’s work, students practiced optical color mixing using the 3 primary colors to create the 3 secondary colors. The Painting: I displayed copies of the same landscape photograph to use… Continue reading


Students in grades 2 – 5 made these skeleton figures using a wire armature covered in plaster bandages and embellished with mixed media. Calaveras (skeleton figures) are used in El Dia De Los Muertos… Continue reading

Romare Bearden inspired collages

Made by 4th and 5th grade students.


Helen Cordero of the Cochiti Pueblo in New Mexico made the first clay storyteller in 1964, honoring her grandfather.  Elvehjem 4th and 5th grade students made their own storyteller figures using clay handbuilding techniques.  Fall… Continue reading