Category Archives: Art Lessons

There are People Hidden in Your Basement!

And Animals in Your Kitchen Cabinets! Find them! Get them out of there. Get your kids to help! And you’ll discover a fun, cheap, visual training activity this summer. Inspiration is everywhere! French artist Gilbert Legrand  turned everyday household objects like a pump bottle (left), spigots, and shears, and into delightful people and animals – “rat…

Q: Is STEAM Just a Lot of Hot Air?

What do I think? I think the Arts absolutely deserve a seat at the STEM table. No question! The Arts utilize the same critical thinking skills essential for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The difference between STEM and STEAM lies chiefly in the form taken by lessons and products. Unfortunately, many artists/art educators aren’t trained…

31 Days of Halloween Art Skulls

Endlessly thrilling! Endlessly terrifying! Endlessly inspiring! Over this past year I came across some very ingenious, very creative skull images from around the world. Visit my blog every day throughout October to enjoy the entire collection. By Halloween you’ll be up to your skull in skulls!  Ooooo! Indiana Jones mind-shiver!!! Here’s an early sample. Click…

STEM Education Needs Good Visual Art Curriculum Partners

Scientific Method depends on top-notch observation skills that visual art curricula should be enhancing, but some art lessons need serious improvement. Let’s take the portrait-drawing formula – where kids draw an oval head, grid it, position eyes, eyebrows, nose, mouth and ears. A starting point, yes. But does it prepare kids to SEE? Does it…

Happy Father’s Day Rebus – Back by Popular Demand!

Here it is again! Thanks for loving this rebus I created for my 3rd and 4th Grade lunchroom crowd. Please just promise me that your little rebus-loving artists will draw everything themselves on their own Father’s Day cards. Got any others you’d love to share? Kids’ artwork especially! I adore ‘em!

All Mediums are Huge – #2 – Anamorphic Apple Slices

The most exciting interactive art today in public and private spaces – hands down – is anamorphic art – in all its variations! Google alerts show it’s spreading across the globe like wildfire! Anamorphic art inspires with its ingenuity. The great thing about it in a down economy is that it requires next to no…

All Mediums are Huge These Days! #1 – Cast Shadows

So what if you can’t afford standard art supplies! All mediums are huge these days! Draw with cast shadows! Check out these ingenious art works.  Every example  makes me pump my fist, “Yeah!  That’s what I’m talking about!”  Use what you’ve got and don’t cry over what’s out of reach!  Artist Rashad Alakbarov created his…

Floating Cube & Hollow Heads – Outside-In Optical Illusions

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=VKq4DZpPPFs I love these clever visual illusion mind-blowers! I confess I keep playing the videos over and over and grinning at them every time! Each uses the same trick – to make the box float or the eyes follow you -  the outside-in, concave version of a 3-D form. Wondering if the phenomenon was first…

Edgy Arts! Lenticular Graffiti and Fore-Edge Painting

Cracker Jack Good Luck lenticular

When I was a kid we called these delightful little Cracker Jack prizes flip-flop toys or wiggle pictures. A one-inch plastic square embossed with two different images. Tilt the square up then down and a secret message is revealed!  Enchanting stuff to an eight year old. Still enchanting this kid-at-heart today. And it seems I’m…

“Coloring meets funhouse mirror magic” – A Review

Morph-O-Scopes by OOZ & OZ - coloring page morph and mirror decoder

The following review of Morph-O-Scopes Kits appeared  in the September 2010 CoolMomPicks. We learned of it only weeks ago! The review is reprinted here with permission of Liz Gumbinner, Publisher, Editor-in-Chief of CoolMomPicks.com. “I’m not going to lie to you: When I opened the Morph-O-Scopes Kit box my daughter received for her birthday one year,…