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Creative Books to Read This Summer – Art Made Easy 024

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Book Reviews, Podcasts | 9 comments

Creative Books to Read This Summer – Art Made Easy 024

Today is the last episode of Art Made Easy Season One! When I embarked on this podcast journey, my intentions was to test out the platform, see if anyone was interested in listening to what I had to say and to share my love of teaching art through others. I’m proud that the show has over 65K downloads and has been in the New & Noteworthy section as well as the What’s Hot section in iTunes (K-12 education) since we began. That means that many of you tune in every week to listen. Thank you! To me there is no better way to begin...

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Matisse Garden – Book Review & Video

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in 3th Grade Art Lessons, 45-minute art lessons, 4th Grade Art Lessons, 5th Grade Art Lessons, Book Reviews, Drawing Projects, Markers | 3 comments

Matisse Garden – Book Review & Video

MATISSE’S GARDEN My favorite activity is popping into a book store to browse. I hardly do it anymore mostly because bookstores aren’t as plentiful. And doesn’t Amazon make it easy to buy your favorite books? But as I was walking down Sate Street last week with my daughter, we popped into The Santa Barbara Museum of Art book store. Nothing makes me happier than being immersed in colorful children’s book covers, except maybe art books written for children. Matisse’s Garden by Samantha Friedman is a must have book...

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Your School Year in Review – Art Made Easy 023

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Curriculum Planning, Podcasts, Teaching Philosophies | 1 comment

Your School Year in Review – Art Made Easy 023

New Year’s Resolutions aren’t just for January! As the school year draws to a close, now is the perfect time to reflect on your year, celebrate your achievements, review what you want to improve on and get clear on how you want the 2016-17 year to look and feel. Reflecting upon your successes, failures (yes, we all had them) and bright spots in your year may feel unnecessary but I PROMISE YOU, it’s the BEST thing you can do for yourself. Creating a positive space for self-reflection in your life is the fastest way to become...

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Easy Watercolor Line Art for Kids

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in 45-minute art lessons, Watercolor Projects | 6 comments

Easy Watercolor Line Art for Kids

There’s something about the lure of summer to awaken your creative juices. My favorite illustrators like August Wren and Alisa Burke create art. every. single. day. I can’t even imagine doing that. Can you? But something inspired me this morning to turn off my computer, find a sketch pad and grab a box of watercolors. Usually I plan out what I want to paint, but today, I decided to paint as if I were a child being handed a tray of paint. What would I paint? What colors would I use? It ended up being nothing…just a series of...

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