Sunday, October 15, 2017

Natural Science Illustrated Pine Cones - Grade 4/5

In the past I have taught this lesson with 5th grade, but this year I have decided to try it with my 4th grade artists. Most of them have done an amazing job making careful drawings from observation, but for those who are struggling I have made this little demo video. Its actually the first time I have ever recorded myself drawing. I made a makeshift camera stand using a plexiglass frame and two canisters, so its not the best, but it will do the job.

Here is the video:

And if you are interested in the lesson plan, you can find that here: Pine Cones Lesson Plan

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

TInga Tinga Begins Second Grade's Tour of the World

My second grade artists tour the world as they learn about artists and cultures from across the globe. With each new lesson they earn a passport stamp (sticker) in the passports they made the first week of school.

Our first stop on our journey was the continent of Africa, specifically the country of Tanzania where they learned about the style of art called Tinga Tinga. The lesson plan is available here: Tinga Tinga Lesson

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Love Monsters - Grade 1

The first month of school whizzed by so fast! My students have been so busy creating work for our annual Square 1 Art fundraiser and I have been busy writing lesson plans for my new store.

Here is the project that first grade made for Square 1 Art. It goes along with the book Love Monster by Rachel Bright. As a beginning of the year lesson it is great because it reviews proper paint and brush handling and cleaning. You can find a copy of the lesson plan at: Love Monster Lesson

Friday, May 26, 2017

Student Art Show 2017

Wow! What an exhausting month or so that its been with making sets for the school musical and putting on this art show. The art show went up in less than 24 hours, was viewable for just a few days and came down in less than an hour the following Monday. After seeing all the work my students did this year I can understand why I've been so tired. But I love teaching art and seeing what my students can accomplish!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Voting Is Open: Pet Portrait Contest

Please consider voting for my pet portrait entry in the Blick Art Materials contest. I chose something a little different than my usual pet portrait style. It is a rather modern style painting I did of my cat back in undergrad (not so long ago) that is actually the first painting I ever sold. Since this one elicited an unasked for offer to buy, I figured it might have some appeal and get some votes.

Here is the painting:

And here is the link to vote:

You can vote once every 24 hours.

Much thanks if you do!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

April Vacation Week Art Camp At Holten Street Creative Spaces

This super fun vacation week camp was designed to encourage artistic growth, creative problem solving and personal expression. Young artists will explore drawing, painting, printmaking and textile arts through intensive studio work.

Space is extremely limited to only 15 young artists so registering early to get into the lottery is important. The deadline to be considered is March 25th.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Two New Workshops for February Vacation Week

These classes will run at Holten Street Creative Spaces in Danvers.

Call 978-549-8831 to register.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

If Picasso Went to the Zoo Is Available!

Why am I so excited that a book by Eric Gibbons is available? Because it isn't just by him, not really. He invited lots of fellow art teacher to contribute illustrations and I was one of those lucky ones to be included. This is the first time an artwork of mine has been used as an illustration and it is in such a terrific book.

The premise of If Picasso Went to the Zoo is that many famous artists see animals at the zoo and depict them in their known style. Well, in this case the artists are actually a group of art teachers emulating the styles of different artists. My artist was realist Gustave Courbet and my animal was a chimpanzee. Gotta love the alliteration (Courbet's Chimpanzee).

Courbet's Chimpanzee 14 x 14 Oil on Panel Copyright Margaurita Spear 2015

Truly I have been sitting on this secret project for so long because the book was not yet published, but since it became available last month I can share.

The book is available at select retailers, as well as Amazon at this link: If Picasso Went to the Zoo - Buy on Amazon

Each animal is accompanied by a poem (tie in to literacy) and includes leaves to represent its status (endangered, etc.).

This is the second book in the series. The first was If Picasso Had a Christmas Tree. And there are more in the works, but that's still hush hush.

If you get the book be sure to share a rave review.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Online Booking Now Available Through Wyzant

You can now book lessons with me in drawing or painting, as well as tutoring in art history.

Follow this link:

Sunday, July 5, 2015

New Partnership with Holten Street Creative Spaces

I am excited to be partnering with Holten Street Creative Spaces to offer some imaginative and fun art classes for kids, teens and adults. We are starting with a great selection of summer offerings and hope to offer more in the fall. See the poster below or visit the website at: Holten Street Classes

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Little Painted Birds

Some more little Artist Trading Card sized paintings... this time its all gone to the birds.


February Vacation Week Art Making

Over February vacation week, about a month ago ( I know shame on me for not posting sooner) I taught a selection of art lessons to fifth grade students. These students were attending math camp all morning and spent the afternoon in enrichment classes, like mine.

Here is just some of the art making fun we had...

We made ribbon bound books on the first day. These are artist trading card size when they are closed up accordion style. Normally we would have added something to the pages, but for this class the kids got to bring them home right away.

On the second day we made faces inspired by the graphic images of Alexander Calder. There was a Calder exhibit last summer at the local museum and I was so thrilled to hear how many students remembered attending it!

On the third day we made initial collages with fabric. For many students this project lasted into the fourth day so they could finish it up. In a regular classroom setting we would have worked much larger and outlined the letters with black paint so they would stand out more. But we did not have the time or space for that.

And on the fourth and final day I set up "art centers". One was for those students who needed to finish the initial project from the day before. Another was an art game called "Exquisite Corpse". And the third was one that required a little demo on how to make 3D lettering (as seen in these student examples).