Beverly Ash Gilbert
Author - Artist - Color Consultant
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Kid's Art
Art can be learned and is a critical part of our education!
(see my thoughts on this at the bottom of this page)
Drawing Lesson Samples (Grades 1-6)
Developing basic drawing skills enhances attention to detail, and provides students with a life long ability to visually express themselves.

My method is very simple: Basic elements of design are introduced step-by-step into fun, easy projects that build upon each other. By the time kids tackle complex subject matter, line, shape, value, form, texture are second nature. In the process, they learn to focus on detail and really look at their subject matter, to use their own creativity to interpret what they see, and to place their emphasis on the creative process.

Side note: I avoid 'prescriptive' methods which I believe are counter to creative development by only exercising limited areas of the brain. Instead of teaching kids individual interpretation and expression - prescriptive methods simply teach children how to follow instructions and copy the teachers design. Instead of emphasizing the process, prescriptive methods place high emphasis on the final product.

I believe it is extremely important to stimulate all areas of the brain, to empower the kids by celebrating their individual interpretation and expression, and to teach them that their creative success lies more in the process and less in the final product.

3-D Snowman (3rd Grader Sample)
Pears and Apples (5th Grader Sample)
Bell Pepper (6th Grader Sample)
Bell Pepper (5th Grader Sample)
Self Portrait (4th Grader Sample)
Color Lessons
Cold Pumpkins (5th Grader Sample)
Fruit Still Life (6th Grader Sample)
Hot Pear Sample (by Beverly)
Name in Symmetry (2nd Grader Sample)
Watercolor Landscape (4th Grader Sample)
Charcoal Pears and Apples (2nd Grader Sample)
Reverse Charcoal Pears and Apples (2nd Grader Sample)
Bell Pepper (4th Grader Sample)
3-D Geometric Shapes (3rd Grader)
Self Portrait (6th Grader Sample)

Hot and Cold Pumpkins (4th Grader Sample)
Hot Pears / Cool Apples (2nd Grader Sample)
Cool Pear Sample (by Beverly)
Twisted Tree - Inspired by Natasha Wescoat (5th Grader Sample)
Photography stimulates observational skills and attention to detail. Students LOVE these lessons and often don't realize how many skills they are learning that translate directly back to the classroom (they think it is just pure fun!)

Students are given simple prompts that help them hone their skills in observation, composition and design, while keeping in mind the importance of shape, color, light, balance and telling a story with their photographs.
Photography / Poetry and Tech
Teachers - looking for ways to infuse art into the classroom and enhance right and left brain connections?
Here is the perfect solution:
Working with Teachers to infuse art into the classroom lessons
  • Photography lessons
  • Tech lesson to accomplish Photo Manipulation using school provided software
  • Coordination with teachers to infuse art lesson into writing unit

Designed as 3
1-hour photography classes culminating in field trip to Molbaks Nursery and ending with 2 hour in-class photo manipulation tech lesson
Appropriate for upper Elementary (3rd-5th grade) and Middle School (6th-8th Grade)
Equipment Requirements: Please contact me for equipment and facility requirements

My 2 bits:

Art can be learned - just as math, music and writing are learned

The beauty is that in developing our creative skills we also enhance understanding and competence in other subjects because all parts of our brain are involved when we create art!

STEM educators embrace the fact that creative development and artistic skills translate directly into the classroom:

    • Looking into the eye of a camera we learn to observe detail - a skill critical in the science lab, and in creative writing
    • Observational and perspective drawing reinforces geometry
    • Emulating colors in nature, inspires poetry
    • Exercising all parts of the brain are critical traits of the most brilliant entrepreneurial minds
    • Creative success is focused on the process, rather than the product - a skill critical in solving complex math problems, designing experiments in science labs.
    • Creative development emphasizes individual translation and expression - life long skills in all areas of study