Dessert Desert: Combining Color Mixing, Cylinders & Volume plus Descriptive Writing in a Single Painting

Sessions 4 & 5: Grades 2-6

This fun, involved, paint and writing integrated lesson derives its inspiration from the work of Wayne Thiebaud, who’s 98 years young and still painting. Thiebaud is an American modern and pop artist who is known for his robust and thickly painted cakes, cones, donuts, and other deserts as well as colorful portrayals of lipstick and paint cans. His subjects are common and colorful. His paint is dense and full of subtlety. His paintings are fun and he’s still painting. What more could one ask for to be inspired.

Bruce Hucko

Bruce Hucko is the BTS Visual Art Specialist at HMK Elementary School in Moab, UT. Hucko began his art education in 1978 when he took a position at Montezuma Creek Elementary School on the Utah strip of the Navajo Reservation. He became a Utah Arts Council artist in residence while there and went on to produce a book and exhibit of the children’s art. While there the school was awarded a Rockefeller Bros. Fund Award for Excellence in Arts Education and Hucko was named one of 30 leading art educators in the country in 1984. Serendipity led him to Santa Fe, NM where he was Director of Education at the Wheelwright Museum of Education and then taught art for the northern Pueblo day schools. His book from that time earned him a 1998 Southwest Book Award. It was then home to Moab. He’s been at HMK for 10 years after teaching photography and radio at the high school. Hucko has presented at UAEA annually was named the 2016 Elementary Art Educator of the year. This past spring (2018), Hucko received a Sorenson Legacy Foundation Award for Excellence in Elementary Art Education. Art Coach Bruce as he’s known to his students and community loves nothing more than to challenge his students with fun and meaningful art projects and then see how they respond.