Last year we moved schools. In preparation for packing, my students helped me go though all our markers. I turned the dried-out markers into liquid watercolors and  then packaged the maker canisters into boxes to ship to Crayola for recycling!

The process is simple.

  1. Log into their website and registers.
  2. Create a shipping label.
  3. Pack up your box and bring it to a post office, Fed Ex, etc. and ship the makers!


3rd graders took a break from working on their Family Tradition Quilts this week to learn more about quilt patterns. I read the introduction to Stitchin’ and Pullin’: A Gee’s Bend Quilt, by Patricia McKissack and showed students examples of symmetrical quilts and asymmetrical quilts.

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Then I challenged students to create a unique quilt pattern using crayon, colored pencils, marker or Sharpie. I created handouts for students to use as a reference and checked out a few different quilting books from the library. Students came up with the most amazing designs!

Tar Beach, Faith Ringgold

Stichin’ and Pullin’: A Gee’s Bend Quilt, Patricia C. McKissack & Cozbi A. Cabrera




Saturday, February 9, 2019
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Free admission; all events are free

Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to celebrate Lunar New Year! Explore Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions while enjoying activities, demonstrations, and performances throughout the day.

For a full list of events, click here.


WHO: Young Artists from the Greater Boston area

WHAT: Artist talk and tour of a multimedia art show called THERE IS NO BAND

WHERE: Distillery Gallery, 516 E 2nd St, South Boston

WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 10am-6pm, artist talk with A.J. Rombach at 11am + 4:30pm. Saturday, Feb. 9, 10-6pm, artist talk 3pm.  

WHY: To encourage the community to activate the space and to inspire young people to make and show art


During February and April Vacation Weeks take on challenges that are also fun. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) in concept, each vacation week is different. Try building a geodeisic dome, or a racing sculpture. Learn programs for 3D printers, or understand the various ways scientists and artists classify the world.

Click here to learn more about programs.


The BAC has a full schedule of exciting art classes for kids planned for the winter session. Sign up for classes in drawing, painting, pottery and wheelthrowing, comic book art, and much more!  We also have inspiring vacation day programs on January 21 for MLK Day and February Vacation Week, February 19-22, including our ever popular ArtVentures programs and intensives. Learn more and sign up today on our website.


For this lesson, students combined what they learned about portraiture and abstract art to create an Abstract Self-Portrait.


I began the project by asking “Why do artists try new things?” and “How does art evolve over time.” I showed students 14 self-portraits that Picasso made over his life time, from age 15 to age 90 and talked about how his style changed over time. Then I showed additional examples of expressive portraits.

After watching the presentation, students began brainstorming ideas for their portrait. I printed out a few lists of different emotion words and pictures of different feeling faces for students to reference.

Next, students began sketching their final draft. At this stage, they needed to decide what materials they would be using for their final draft and what paper they would need (drawing paper, watercolor paper or construction paper).

After drawing their composition with color, students chose how they wanted to color their picture–either with crayons, markers, colored pencils, oil pastels, watercolors, collage, or a combination of materials.


Once they finished creating their portrait, each student wrote four sentences describing their work.