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Sharing Art

Sharing Art

There are artists among us who actually make a living making art!

SHARING ART's intent is for students to understand that the art projectsthey do in class can lead to a career or even display in a museum. The series demonstrates real-world applications of the techniques taught in art classes.

PBS Western Reserve's SHARING ART consists of fifteen 15-minute programs for students in grades 5-10. The first ten episodes of the series feature northeast Ohio art museums, artists and schools. The episodes include the following:

  • An introduction to a museum piece of art
  • A local artist explaining how he or she does comparable art
  • Students in a local classroom doing a similar project


Each of the last five episodes spotlights two artists demonstrating and explaining their work (no classroom projects).

Educational Resources

Produced: 2001

Subject Area: Visual Art

Grade Level: 5-10

Resources: Sharing Art Teacher Guide

Clay Figures

Joseph Bluesky collaborates with his wife, Donna Webb, to create sculptures of human forms holding pots. He "collaborates with the clay" and incorporates happy accidents while creating his figures from clay. He works with suggestive rather than definitive shapes and textures. The school project shows students creating similar clay figures.

Mixed Media

Laurel Winters creates collages with quotes. She uses computer printing, acrylic paints, stamping, oil pastels and symbols from different cultures in her work. The school project follows her lead in using quotes to suggest themes for student collages.

Abstract Watercolor

Bette Elliot pours and squirts primary colors then tips the paper, brushes, blots and uses her fingers to manipulate the paint. She hopes for happy accidents that inspire her to create a finished work. The school project follows students as they experiment with several watercolor techniques.

Electrostatic Art and Weaving

Electrostatic Art: Miller Horns uses the technology of a copy machine to create his art. He copies images from real life and then creates line drawings from the images. He works with bold colors and patterns to create a dynamic landscape. Weaving: Logan Fry is a weaver that draws his visual inspiration from technology. His designs look like printed circuit boards and binary code.

Watercolor Techniques

Mary Kay D'Isa does a tour de force of the techniques and tools used in this approach to painting landscapes. Her tools are a fan brush, palette knife, sponge, plastic wrap, rigger brush, and salt. Her techniques include wet-n-wet, color wash, splatter, scratching, sponging, and bleeding. For ease of instruction, the school project demonstrates many of the same techniques at a slower pace.

Slab Pottery

George Sacco creates giant decorative bowls using a slab pottery technique. Slabs of clay are placed on a form with breakfast cereal and the unfinished seams between slabs creating textures. Each piece is individually fired in a low temperature outdoor brick enclosure creating different color patterns. The school project shows students creating slab bowls and adding glazes.


Bill Burgess demonstrates drawing eyes, noses, the mouth, hair, and bodies. The caricature style of using the minimum of strokes to accomplish the art is apparent in this style. The school project follows students as they draw faces, bodies, and then add color to their caricatures.


Margot Eiseman creates gorgeous painted silk scarves suitable for framing. She demonstrates the technique of applying a kelp-based resist and then uses dyes to fill in the colors she needs to create a beautiful still life. After a brief explanation of art quilts, Clare Murray constructs a memory box that represents four generations of her family.

Found Object Sculpture

Mark Soppeland shows a love for transforming found objects into sculpture, particularly 3-dimensional masks. He discusses the need to visualize the possibilities in objects, symmetrical and asymmetrical designs, and how he uses his skills as a craftsman, designer, and conceptualist to create art. The school project uses papier-mâché, masking tape, cardboard, foil, and other objects to make masks.


Rhonda Mitchell does a wonderful job of demonstrating sketching techniques. Each sketch is traced and then transferred to canvas for the application of oil paints. She shows how a dummy book is set up to give the artist an idea of the space available for each illustration. The school project shows students sketching out ideas and then painting the final products using acrylics & watercolor pai

Clay Sculpture and Pottery

Brinsley Tyrell sculpts a female face from scratch. He starts by creating a wire armature on which he puts his clay. He uses the additive process to complete his sculpture and then discusses how plaster molds are then used to create the final product—a painted plaster bust.

Metal Sculpture and Woodturning

Metal Sculpture: Ron Simon creates welded steel sculpture. He discusses how steel materials require a lot of planning. He uses an acetylene torch to cut, weld and add texture to his steel sculptures. Woodturning: Gary Lansinger creates wooden objects of art using workshop tools. He demonstrates the wood turning process by using a lathe to create a wooden egg.

Pop Art

Chris Yambar uses photographs, copy machines, transparencies, glass, acrylic paints, and spray paints for his tools. He uses reverse painting, blotting and scratching techniques to produce his art. The school project uses the computer lab and similar techniques to make student portraits.

Ceramic Tiles

Bob Yost explains how he does research to find the patterns his customers want on handmade tiles. He demonstrates how he determines the design, traces it, and makes a plaster mold. The mold is then used to create multiple tiles that are then fired to create glazed ceramic tiles. The school project uses student-created cardboard patterns to create glazed ceramic tiles.

Wood Carving, Wood Sculpture

Wood Carving: Sam Clow creates painted wood carvings of birds. He creates a bird from scratch by studying pictures, making a pattern, then using a band saw to cut the rough shape. Wood Sculpture: Bob Alexander uses wood to create all kinds of art objects. He demonstrates making an outdoor wooden weather vane. The wood pieces are cut out, glued together, textured using wood gouges, and painted.