Cal Create Lesson 3: Mosaic

Printable Version Introduction  Mosaic is a tremendously versatile medium. There is no need to have drawing or artistic ability to enjoy it. Several other disciplines can be integrated to mosaic, most notably math and geometry. Local artist Daud Abdullah recognized this appeal and has been teaching the medium to many in the Oakland and Richmond communities. African American painter Jack Whitten used acrylic pieces he made himself to create paintings reminiscent of the mosaics he had seen in Greece. Duration for Adults: One or several sessions depending on available time. Adult Objectives: Make a plan for a small mosaic prior to working on a piece. Duration for Teens: One or two sessions. Teen Objectives: Complete a small free-form or planned mosaic during class. Duration for Children: This...[Read More]

Cal Create Q and A

Planning How should I budget for these classes? Choose lessons that rely on disposable or recyclable materials and save your $ for what you cannot avoid obtaining by any other means. I will also buy materials, if it will save me a considerable amount of time or if it will keep kids from fighting. Some materials can be shared, and others should not. I go to the dollar store in Berkeley and SCRAP in San Francisco. I visit the garage sales I see on Nextdoor, and I use social media to ask my friends for donations. I plan most lessons around natural, freely available materials such as sea glass and eucalyptus seeds. I want to reuse art supplies to make multiple projects and avoid waste.  This noble goal is beyond the scope of this Q and A, but if you have already chosen the type of lesson you w...[Read More]

CalCreate Lesson 1: Impasto

PDF Version: calcreate_lesson_1 Introduction  Impasto is a technique for painting that relies on very thick paint. It is easy to make marks on impasto’s thick but soft surface. Many 20th century artists relied on impasto. One of them was Horace Pippin. Duration for Adults: 1 – 1.5 hrs Adult Objectives: Recognize impasto in other paintings. Complete one or more impasto paintings. Duration for Teens: Two sessions of 45 min to 1 hr Teen Objectives: Mix colors using thick paint. Complete one impasto painting. Recognize impasto in other paintings. Duration for Children: One 30 min session for motivation and procedures, one 45 min session to begin painting, and perhaps another one to finish, depending on the group. Child Objectives: Complete one impasto painting. Identify impasto pai...[Read More]

Cal Create Portal

Hello Cal Create students! This page lists of the materials I will mention during our sessions. Lesson 1: Impasto Lesson 2: Gel Prints Lesson 3: Mosaic Lesson 4: Sculpture Key ideas to improve your classroom management for art: Five Great Principles, and Answers to Your Questions. Jessica from the Art of Education has some great attention getters for the art classroom. The Art of Ed also has exit slip examples for all ages! Here is a PDF for teens and adults you can use right away: Exit.Slip.