A Legacy Wall Project for Grade 6 Graduates

Last Winter, I was asked to come up with a mural idea for an Elementary school I was doing an internship with. I got very complicated with a university supervisor suggesting I get all the teachers involved, have all the students fill out reflection forms, coordinate a team of other interns, etc... then Covid hit … Continue reading A Legacy Wall Project for Grade 6 Graduates

Getting Surreal with First Graders

I had no doubt this would be a fun one for my kids; they have such a wonderful sense of humour for silly and strange things. I started with some fun vocabulary: weird, wonderful, strange, peculiar, surreal, unusual. We discussed examples and meanings am out to they all contain things that appear out of place. … Continue reading Getting Surreal with First Graders

My First Graders Explore Pop Art

I introduced this one as a follow-up to the graffiti projects they already did. I wanted them to do something personal, instead of copying the example in the video, so I told them to make their names very visible. The key vocabulary that needed to be demonstrated was the difference between block letters and bubble … Continue reading My First Graders Explore Pop Art

A Grade One Experiencing of Minimalism & Mondrian

To all my fellow teachers, you will understand when I say that this was performed on a day that required... well, flexibility. All sorts of stuff kept modifying my plans and I had to make spontaneous changes. I think I'd been keeping Mondrian in my back pocket to teach a lesson on complimentary colours, but … Continue reading A Grade One Experiencing of Minimalism & Mondrian

Grade One Student Portraits – A La Modigliani

It started with a question: How do I dispel the fear some of my students have at making art? Well, I could lecture them about all the innovators and show them dozens of paintings by folks like Picasso, Klee, Modigliani, Park, ect... OR, I could some excellent YouTube resources and let them see the joy … Continue reading Grade One Student Portraits – A La Modigliani

Butterfly Garden – Transforming damage done by plumbers into something beautiful

In November 2020, I had to make an emergency call to the plumbers to solve a drain back-up issue in my basement. They used their camera and discovered that the old cedar hedge on the side of my house had finally grown roots deep and strong. They broke the sewer pipe taking our waste water … Continue reading Butterfly Garden – Transforming damage done by plumbers into something beautiful

A Visual Reflection on: “The Hayloft” by Rosa Brett – The Autobiography Of A Painting

There is far less information written about Rosa Brett than other members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. According to Nunn (1984, 633), it was the intention of the artist to be an outsider of this group. Starting with the use of the masculine pseudonym, Rosarius, to her aversion of socializing with the other members who sought … Continue reading A Visual Reflection on: “The Hayloft” by Rosa Brett – The Autobiography Of A Painting

Why a Certification as a Home Educator?

Part of how I've been describing myself as a teacher is being an educator with a teaching philosophy based on STEM / STEAM curricula, Universal Design for Learning, Emergent Curricula, and Maker-oriented education systems. If I had to say what theories/methods I use the most, I would be taking about aspects of Reggio-Emilia, Montessori, Waldorf, … Continue reading Why a Certification as a Home Educator?

Documenting how to make a canvas-stretcher from found materials – A Lesson Plan for the Maker Lab

(Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – I Have Chosen This Composition

Part of the delay in picking a final composition was that I hadn't reflected upon what I wanted to achieve or say with it. I'm still not sure what I want to say, but I know more about what I want to achieve and see in it. I desire it to have a Wabi-Sabi aesthetic... … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – I Have Chosen This Composition