This fall I had the pleasure of launching an art club for kids devoted exclusively to using recyclable materials and found objects from nature. We kicked off the Go Green Recycled Art Club with one simple question: How many things can you make out of a coffee sleeve?Read More
If the Department of Energy was the fashion industry, green would be the new black.
Living in Portland, Oregon, I cannot tell you how many times the topic of "Going Green" comes up in daily conversations, news stories, and business ventures. We have environmentally conscious bamboo clothing, LEED certified high-rises, recyclable take out containers, recirculating public fountains, compostable packing popcorn- the list is endless. Suffice to say it's fashionable to be "green"...Read More
If you are privy to kids animated films you will likely remember a priceless scene from the all-star penguin film, Happy Feet. While tap dancing atop a mountain of snow, a group of penguins gasp when their friend accidentally slips off the peak and begins a wild roller coaster-like ride down the side of the mountain, luge-style. In a poignant moment of hilarity, Robin William's penguin character looks enviously down the mountain and utters, "Man, this guy is so accidentally cool!" and the whole lot of them jump off the mountain to join the fun...Read More
We are pleased to announce our first Accidental Art™ Project lesson plan is live!
Whirlybird Wings is a science and nature-themed art project that explores aerodynamics through two mediums: maple tree seeds and paint. Students develop fine motor coordination, graphing skills, and deepen their understanding of the relationship between art, science, and nature.Read More
There are countless reality television shows today that spotlight young, talented chefs aching to break into mainstream culinary arts. From Iron Chef, to Top Chef, to Hell's Kitchen, to Chopped, these drama-packed cooking series all have one thing in common: you're asked to prepare a creative and appetizing dish using the same quirky, dissimilar ingredients as the contender next to you...Read More
To guide our students into their creative process, we, the teachers, must be connected to our own. It’s like flight attendants always say: you’ve got to put your own oxygen mask on before you can put on someone else’s.Read More