Make a Fairy House!

Second Grade. Click for lesson. Children read Patricia Polacco’s Babushka Baba Yaga and learn the significance of fairy myths. Children imagine and design their own fairy houses, with sticks on construction paper. Artists explored: Patrick Dougherty, the English BeWILDderwood exhibit, Tracy Kane, fort-building contest entries, Elsa Beskow illustrations, Patricia Polacco.

Make an Impressionist Self Portrait!

High School. Click for lesson. Teens will learn about the mark-making & motivations of Impressionist & Post-Impressionist artists, then choose one in particular to study & recreate the style of, before crafting their own self-portraits using paper bits torn from ArtForum. Artists: Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissaro, Mary Cassatt, & Edgar Degas

Create a Narrative, Draw a Still Life!

High School. Click for lesson. Teens learn about the narratives and cultural contexts behind still life paintings, then collaborate to construct a unique story. Using observation & rendering skills, they focus on color, value, & proportion to draw their own still life assemblages in colored pencil. Artists: Audrey Flack, Chris Peters, Elizabeth Crawford, Manny Farber, James Rosenquist, & Janet Fish.