Meet Blair

Hello, I’m Blair Nakamoto. For over a year now I have been part of Art Sphere Inc.’s art teaching team, offering painting skills for murals, art lesson plan writing, and appreciation for simplicity and heartfelt values with craft-making and design. I am now in New Jersey, born in California, and graduated from …

Groundhogs Aplenty

Groundhog Day! The old Pennsylvania German holiday every February 2nd that fosters hope and gathering in spite of the cold was celebrated again this year at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Art Sphere Inc. has connected with the refuge in Tinicum, right outside Philadelphia for years, inspiring children, parents, …

Migration Partner

Description: Bird made of paper tube, attached paper parts, and a plastic straw that allows wings to move. Objectives: An interactive way to teach awareness of bird (and other wildlife) migration patterns by allowing students to bring a functioning, handcrafted bird with them wherever they go, as they would a toy. Author: Blair …

Lights Off!

Description: Group project made up of different shapes Objectives: Students build confidence with the concept of abstraction and recognize it as a valid art form. Author: Kristin, edit by Blair Grade level or Target Age Range: Elementary to middle school Sample, Historical Art Examples, and References: Munsell Color System Vocabulary: Abstraction, color wheel, hue Materials: Flashlight, …

A Real Scream

Description: Drawing on black paper Objectives: Students practice a subtractive method of drawing and feel secure in expressing their feelings. Author: Kristin, edit by Blair Grade level or Target Age Range: Preschool to middle school Sample, Historical Art Examples, and References: Edvard Munch, Norway Vocabulary: Contrast, Motion, Expressionism Materials: White oil pastels, white crayon, or chalk, and …

Getting to the Point

Description: Still life drawing Objectives: Students develop a sense of form through the process of creating images with dots. Author: Kristin, edit by Blair Grade level or Target Age Range: Elementary to middle school Sample, Historical Art Examples, and References: Georges Seurat, France Vocabulary: Pointillism, Viewfinder Materials: Paper, pencil, scissors, and image in a magazine Anticipatory …

Monstrous World

Description: Invented landscape, dinosaurs, or monsters Objectives: Students build images from their experiences making texture Author: Kristin, edit by Blair Grade level or Target Age Range: Elementary to middle school Sample, Historical Art Examples, and References: Max Ernst, Germany Vocabulary: Surrealism, Rubbings, and Texture Materials: Pencils, white paper, objects with various textures Anticipatory Set: Discuss the senses, show …

Perfect Portrait

Description: Cubist-like portrait Objectives: Students have an opportunity to be the center of attention and practice observational drawing in a fun environment. Author: Kristin, edit by Blair Grade level or Target Age Range: preschool to middle school Sample, Historical Art Examples, and References: Pablo Picasso, Spain Vocabulary: Blind Contour Drawing, Texture Materials: Paper and pencil. Anticipatory Set: …