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Art Lessons Page by Marvin Bartel, Ed.D.
Professor of Art Goshen College
Goshen, Indiana 46526
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Clay Lessons

Personal Clay Box - grade 4 to adult 
by Marvn Bartel 

Students learn how to develop ideas for artwork without imitating other artists.

Surreal Animals   grade 4 to adult  Students practice one of the ways artists get creative ideas by responding to the work itself. 

Clay Sculpture: Gargoyles - grade 4 to 12 by Rebekah Short Students' imagination and expressive powers are nurtured. Abstract Expression in Clay - grade 9 to adult by Marvin Bartel
Students learn to look for ideas and feeling in the material and processes.

Dominic's Egg by Lisa Blackburn  An essay describing clay lessons taught at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Reprinted from The Studio Potter.  Published here in March, 2002

Drawing Lessons  

Observation Drawing  (live rabbit using blinders)

Teaching Drawing to Children  (methods to use)

Observation Drawing  (using viewfinders)

Figure and Portrait Drawing (drawing ribbons & using mirrors)

Blind Contour Drawing (the big stuffed bear drawing)

Inkwash Drawings: Developing  contributed by Rebekah Short

Dramatic Mood Using Value  grade 4 to 12 contributed by Rebekah Short

Eight drawing lessons in online book

Creative Wire Sculpture


    Cubism Lesson
  • Practice observation drawing
  • Compose shapes, lines, and colors
  • Learn about emphasis and unity
  • Encourage creative work habits
  • Change habits of work
  • Foster a collaborative atmosphere
  • Learn about an important art style (a way of seeing) without looking at examples
  • Learn art history, art criticism, and aesthetics

Cut Paper Self Portrait Lesson

  • Practice self observation
  • Compose shapes, lines, and colors
  • Learn about emphasis and unity
  • Encourage creative work habits
  • Change habits of work with many required variations, without showing examples and without doing demonstrations
  • Practice choice making and assessment
  • Learn about an important art style (a way of seeing), some art history, art criticism, and aesthetics
  • Uses drama to present art history

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updated November 3, 2010