Blogs

High School

Article

Exploring Oneself through Artmaking

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 | Ben Hoffman

As a high-school art teacher and practicing artist, I explored this question with my students: “How does an authentic studio practice connect us to ourselves, to one another, and to the world ar ...

Read More
Article

Connecting with Identity and Place

Monday, April 11, 2022 | Abby Birhanu and Lori Santos

Adolescents are on a quest to discover themselves through their social relationships. For this lesson, we wanted to expand their quest to include a connection to place and community. Elements of Indig ...

Read More
Article

Art on the Fly

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 | Brian Sommersberger

Showing students that art can be drawn on nontraditional substrate materials was a great introduction before allowing them to draw or paint on their own flying discs. For inspiration, we explored a va ...

Read More
Article

Twelve Principles of Animation

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 | Rachel Wintemberg

I discovered the twelve principles of animation—the keys to teaching the art of visual storytelling. The principles act as a roadmap, helping animators transform written scripts into living stor ...

Read More
Article

Fingerprint Portraits

Monday, January 10, 2022 | Kathleen Sneed Petka

One lesson that really pushes students out of their comfort zones is finger-painted portraits. It’s a fun way for students to get loose and relax because they have to get a little messy and don& ...

Read More
Article

Bringing Play into the Art Room

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 | Keri Reynolds

I felt that my high-school students really needed a change from the tedium and monotony of their daily school schedules. I wanted to come up with a lesson that would give students a chance to unwind a ...

Read More
Article

Isometric Interiors

Monday, November 8, 2021 | Kasmira Mohanty

The notion that an isometric illustration can be created using basic shapes and a straightforward process made the idea of engineering a project for my entry-level computer graphics students very appe ...

Read More
Article

Illuminated Animals

Thursday, October 7, 2021 | Cara Wade

Scrolling through Pinterest a few summers ago, I came across a lantern sculpture project that was whimsical, beautiful, and often abstract. I researched how to build these sculptures and, surprisingly ...

Read More
Article

A Mural to Celebrate Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | Elizabeth Barker

In 2020, I received a Missouri Arts Council grant to bring St. Louis artist Cbabi Bayoc to our small-town community. Cbabi’s first and last names are acronyms: Creative Black Artist Battling Ign ...

Read More
Article

Hidden Identities

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

One of the most fulfilling projects I’ve taught in my AP drawing class is based on the idea of the developing (and often conflicting) identity for young men. We start by watching clips of the fi ...

Read More
Davis Desk

International Nurse’s Day

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 | Karl Cole

Today is the birthday of the woman credited with establishing protocols and training for modern nursing, Florence Nightingale (1820–1910, British) in Hampshire, England. She created a core of nu ...

Read More
Article

Genre Sculptures

Thursday, May 6, 2021

As part of a project-based learning exploration, I coordinated with our librarian for a list of major topics represented in our book collections. My idea was to have students create sculptures from pl ...

Read More
Article

Interpreting Destruction

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Students were asked to investigate ten disastrous events that changed the world for which humans were responsible. They could choose anything from war and famine to oil spills or wildfires, contempora ...

Read More
Article

The Comedian

Thursday, March 4, 2021

When I came upon the 2019 artwork called The Comedian by Maurizio Cattelan, I knew I had to share it with my students. Essentially, The Comedian is a banana duct-taped to a gallery wall. On the surfac ...

Read More
Davis Desk

Understanding, Ideas, Information, Personal Learning Networks = Valuable Tools

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 | Laura & Matt Grundler, The Creativity Department

This month we are excited to share a post from our partners The Creativity Department / K12ArtChat. You can also read this post directly from their website by using this link. In addition to the re ...

Read More
Article

Charcoal Cardboard Self-Portraits

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

These portraits are scaled so the subject is not a figure in negative space; instead, it’s a person—an in-your-face expression of personality jutting out at us. Students are asked to fill ...

Read More

Always Stay in the Loop

Want to know what’s new from Davis? Subscribe to our mailing list for periodic updates on new products, contests, free stuff, and great content.

Back to top