Monday, June 1, 2020

Wayne Thiebaud Ice Cream Projects

Wayne Thiebaud is an American painter. He is most famous for his pictures of tasty treats. Today, we'll be making some models of tasty treats using collage and drawing.

Tulip Sundaes, 2010

Clown Cones, 2000

Four Ice Cream Cones, 1964

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Windows in Art (Rashi School Online Lesson)

Windows have inspired many artists. Here are some amazing ways that artists have represented windows:

Salvador Dali, Figure at the Window, 1925

Henri Matisse, Open Window at Collioure, 1905

Rene Magritte, The Telescope, 1963

Marc Chagall, Hadassah Hospital Windows

Notre Dame Cathedral, France

Windows have been an inspiration for authors and illustrators, too! This great book, Outside my Window, by Linda Ashman, is a perfect companion to our lesson about windows. 

What do you see out your window? Try drawing the window, then observe the details of the things you see outside and draw them, too. 

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Create-a-Pet (Rashi School Online Lesson)

Hello everyone! Here's a fun activity for you. With just a little bit of work, you'll have a chance to get playful and turn everyday things into cute pets. First, draw a circle, then a black dot somewhere in the circle, to create adorable googly eyes. Then, cut them out and get some tape. Here are some examples that I created in my house. I had such a fun time!

Draw me a Song (Rashi School Online Lesson)

Draw Me a Song is a project started in 2011 by designer Nour Tohme. At first, it was a small project, but then it gathered followers around the world. Tohme combines illustration and hand-drawn words to bring some of the world's most famous songs to life in a visual way. 

Here are some Draw me a Song images:

Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland- Nour Tohme

Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin- Nour Tohme

Umbrella by Rihanna- Nour Tohme

Here are some images by students at the Hilliard School in Ohio, after learning about this project:

And here's what to do!

1. Choose a song with lyrics that you like.

2. Listen to the entire song with your eyes closed. When you're finished, write down a list, or draw, the first 3-4 images that come to mind.  

3. Create an illustration that expresses the main ideas of the song, and/or your emotional reaction to the song.


1. You may use any 2-dimensional media you want- drawing, painting, or digital art.

2. Your work must take up the entirety of the page (or screen, if digital).

3. Your work must include at least one line of the song.

4. Your work must include the name of the artist who performs the song.

Object Transformation Drawings (Student Work)

Middle schoolers at The Rashi School learned about Brazilian artist Victor Nunes, who creates drawings that feature transformations of ordinary objects, often food:

And here's what the students created!

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Holocaust Memorial Sculpture Design (Rashi School Online Lesson)

This lesson is for fifth graders at The Rashi School. Today, we are teaming up with your classroom teachers to explore our Jewish connection to the Holocaust. We will be looking at some works of art that are memorials, built in honor and in memory of those who perished in the Holocaust, and in other events. Then, you will be designing Holocaust memorial sculptures. 

You'll need: 
Materials for color
Chromebook or other device 

First, let's look at some memorials that already exist, to see what we can observe and learn from them.  Then, I'll ask you some questions that will help you plan your own memorial sculpture.

“Look at these towers, passerby, and try to imagine what they really mean – what they symbolize – what they evoke. They evoke an era of incommensurate darkness, an era in history when civilization lost its humanity and humanity its soul… We must look at these towers of memory and say to ourselves, No one should ever deprive a human being of his or her right to dignity. No one should ever deprive anyone of his or her right to be a sovereign human being. No one should ever speak again about racial superiority…”“We cannot give evil another chance.”– Elie WieselWriter, educator, political activist, Nobel laureate, and Holocaust survivor

The New England Holocaust Memorial, Boston MA

Stolpersteine, Gunter Demning, 1992
These engraved metal "stepping stones" on the ground, to commemorate where Jews and other victims of the Holocaust lived.
There are over 75,000 of them. 

London, Kindertransport memorial (2003)

London, Kindertransport Memorial, 2006)

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, 1943, Leon Suzin

(Questions adapted from “How to Remember,” a lesson by Facing History and Ourselves)

1. Who is the audience for your memorial?

2. Is the memorial about a specific event or person ? If so, what or whom?

3. What story does your memorial tell?  What parts of the story does it not tell?

4. How do you think the audience will feel when they see your memorial?

5. How does the memorial express your ideas and/or opinions?

6. What would your memorial be made of, if you built it full-size in real life?

7. How big would your memorial be, in real life?

8. Where would your memorial be and what would be around it? Why did you      choose this setting?