Flight of the Geese


Watercolor-Resist Landscape Drawings

Lesson Summary

In this lesson, students learned about the Japanese style of printmaking known as ukiyo-e, the principles of seasonal migration, as well as warm and cool colors and wax-repel water color painting. Students created their own ukiyo-e-style watercolor scroll paintings based on the woodblock print by Ohara Koson by first breaking down the shapes found in an image of a goose in flight and then recreating the forms through a step-by-step drawing. Next, students filled in the goose shapes with gray crayon to create silhouettes and added a sun in an off-center location using yellow and orange crayon. Finally, students added a watercolor background to emulate a sunset and the warm colors found in the Albert Bierstadt painting, “Sunset Over the River”.




To create a successful wax-resist painting using crayon and watercolors to emulate the silhouettes of geese flying against a sunset sky.


Goose Drawing

To successfully draw a goose using a step-by-step approach to break the goose form into several distinct shapes.


Warm Colors

To recognize the difference between warm and cool colors and to select the appropriate colors needed to create a sunset sky.

Big Ideas


The change of seasons happens around the world and is marked by different indicators including changes in temperature, animal behavior, and other natural occurrence.


Birds, among other species, migrate from one place to another at various times during the year to seek out better climates, food, and mating grounds.


The sky is amazing in its diversity of forms from vibrant blues and ominous thunderclouds to breathtaking sunsets and dazzling stars.

Grade Level

Art Standards

Interdisciplinary Standards

Essential Questions this Lesson Will Address:

  1. Why is looking at the sky such a big part of our collective human experience?
  2. How does the migration of birds remind us of patterns in nature and in art?
  3. Why might cultures around the world depict the sky differently in their artwork?

Visual Art Standards Met in this Lesson

Snowstorm Sew-fest

What do you do when you just put your baby down for a nap and your husband is on a pub crawl in the middle of a blizzard? You sew plastic bags into quilt and drink a giant mug of hot chocolate, of course. What a silly question.

Working on a piece that grapples with the idea of a divided life. It’s something I have felt acutely since my sweet boy came along: the pull toward my art and the struggle to find the time, energy, and head space it demands while taking care of my family.


Booking Making in Brooklyn

Last Wednesday night I took a crack at teaching adults in my first book making class. Over the course of the four hour course, students cut, covered and bound an original book using traditional stab binding techniques. With beautiful papers selected at The Paper Source, each student chose their own color palette which included a cover paper, binding tape, thread, and interior paper.

After briefly discussing the tools of book binding and the general process, students got started cutting their paper and boards to size. Exterior papers were glued to the book board, and then bookmakers tape was used to complete front cover. Students used awls to pierce holes through the book boards and papers and then began the process of binding their books using linen thread. It required patience and strong fingers, but with a good sense of humor and a little stick-to-it-ness, all students completed their books!

Each student’s book turned out beautifully and matched her personal style. It was a wonderful learning experience for everyone and we had a great time chatting, binding, cutting, and listening to some good tunes. I will certainly be offering this class again, so stay tuned for details.


Third Thursday | July 2013

Once again, I had the great privilege of exhibiting my work as a part of the Third Thursday Art Walk, sponsored by Art in the Public Eye. This time, my work was shown at Samantha’s Cafe located in downtown Glens Falls. The retro, industrial space was a perfect match for some of my newest work, a ceiling installation using sewn squares of grocery bags, and a hanging, stand-alone sculpture consisting of a chicken-wire substructure and shaved wax exterior. I also exhibited some painted works hailing back to my college days, as well as a few mixed media drawings from 2012.

The folks at Samantha’s, Jennifer Kraft and Liz Wilcox were incredibly helpful and supportive during my installation. They made the whole process from beginning to end a great experience. I cannot emphasize enough, just how much those who support the arts through exhibition matter to the entire artistic process. Without great people like Liz, Jen, and Kathy, we artists wouldn’t have nearly the exposure or opportunity to show our work.

Thanks again to all those that made it out to the show, and to those that supported me through the making of these works. Your encouragement and presence make it all worthwhile!



Third Thursday | May 2013

Life’s been a-movin’ and a-shakin’ in my world and May brought with it some fantastic new opportunities. I had the privilege of being the featured artist for May’s Third Thursday Art Walk hosted at Elevation Pilates in downtown Glens Falls. With an incredible turnout of new faces, friends, and family coming out to support my work and that of the other exhibiting artists, it was a night to celebrate. Thank you to all who made it possible, especially Kathy Porcell, owner of Elevation Pilates, and to my friends and family who traveled from afar to help with set up and take down. I couldn’t have done it without you!


Interview with APE

This past Friday, I had the privilege to meet with Caitlin and Tom of Snarky Aadvark Films for an interview session sponsored by Art in the Public Eye. The very first film in a series highlighting the Third Thursday Art Walk Featured Artists, I felt like a star being interviewed for an ArtNow spot on PBS! I had a great time talking about my work and the local art scene, and Caitlin did an incredible job editing my (never) brief commentary 🙂 Thanks to all involved for a wonderful experience!

Third Thursday Featured Artist



I am very happy to announce that I have been selected as the featured artist for the Third Thursday Art Walk in Glens Falls for the month of May, sponsored by Art in the Public Eye! I am thrilled and honored to be chosen and can’t wait to show my work at Elevation Pilates, located at 19 Ridge Street in Glens Falls. I’ll be showing a variety of sculptures created over the last twelve months, and  prints will be available to order during the opening as well as by phone or email. If you can’t make it to the show and are interested in ordering prints or purchasing one of my pieces, please don’t hesitate to contact me! See you on May 16th, 2013 from 5-9pm.