Using Visual Thinking Strategies to Understand a Work of Art

Melanie Rick is a Kennedy Center teaching artist who works with students, teachers and other teaching artists globally.  In Hawaii, we have had … [Read more...]

Six-Word Memoirs & how to write them!

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCJyUMHaL_g   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejndNExso9M I'm in love with the Six-Word … [Read more...]

Hero’s Journey Session 1: “The Fool” Archetype

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Important details for Saturday’s workshop

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Mexican Metal Tooling with Grade 1

The Elements of Art are the focus of our Grade 1 Visual Arts unit at Pōmaikaʻi School. For our lesson on Texture we studied Mexican Metal Tooling, and … [Read more...]

9 Stages of a Shield Volcano

This is a 4th / 5th grade lesson plan I designed to teach students how to identify the 9 stages of a shield volcano and to give them a dynamic mixed … [Read more...]

Olinda pine forest, Maui

This is an acrylic painting of the Olinda Pine Forest on a rainy, foggy Maui day. Because the soil was saturated, the reddish clay color was more … [Read more...]

More fun with fused plastic bags!

(More photos below) Here are my latest experiments with plastic bag fusing, and I love them! Although I've been cutting them into handmade journal … [Read more...]

Fused Plastic Bag Journals

Inspired by a project in Karen Michel's book, "Green Guide for Artists", I created my first handmade journal with fused plastic bags covers. The … [Read more...]

Mixed Media Portrait for Grade 5

As a teaching artist for the state of Hawaii, I create arts integrated unit plans for elementary and middle school students. In designing lessons for … [Read more...]