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How to Make a Papel Picado

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Dia de Los Muertos, Fall Art, Mexican Unit | 1 comment

How to Make a Papel Picado

TRADITIONAL MEXICAN PAPEL PICADO Papel Picado is a traditional Mexican craft that features colorful paper sheets with intricate cut out details.  It was made by stacking many sheets of paper and using chisels to cut the designs. You can easily make your own Papel Picado by layering sheets of tissue paper and using scissors to cut the designs. EARLY FINISHER OR SUB PLAN PROJECT This is a great free choice activity or a lesson for a sub. Laminate the instructions and place on a table. Add a tray of pre-cut tissue papers, a bowl of scissors and allow the...

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Life After Teaching – Art Made Easy 027

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Podcasts, The Business of Creative Blogging | 11 comments

Life After Teaching – Art Made Easy 027

Are you dreaming of what life will look like after you retire from teaching art? Or perhaps you’ve had enough of teaching and are ready to move on? Today’s episode helps a reader bridge the gap between finding happiness as a K-8 public elementary art teacher and her dreams of opening up a children’s art studio. This is Part I of a two-part series on exploring creative opportunities after teaching. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN: What are three main courses of action you can take when you feel like you’re ready to switch things up How it was a...

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Unlocking Your Potential with Personality Tests – Art Made Easy 026

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Podcasts | 6 comments

Unlocking Your Potential with Personality Tests – Art Made Easy 026

In this episode of Art Made Easy I’m diving down the rabbit hole of personality tests. Don’t know if you are a fan, but I’ve been literally obsessed with the Myers-Briggs test since I listen to The Mind Your Business podcast a few months ago. Here’s what I learned; by knowing what makes you tick, you can learn how to become a better teacher, engage in activities that bring you more joy and be around people who compliment you. You may not be overly familiar with personality test, but trust me, knowing the reasons why you do what you do really...

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About Guided Drawings – Art Made Easy 025

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Podcasts, Teaching Philosophies | 8 comments

About Guided Drawings – Art Made Easy 025

To start off Season Two of Art Made Easy, I’m answering a member’s question about Guided Drawings. Gloria asks: Sometimes when I am doing a directed drawing lesson, like the Matisse fish bowl, rabbits, pumpkins or really, whatever …. I’ll always get the question from my students Do I have to do it that way? or Can I just do anyway I want? And, frankly I’m torn. I don’t want to squash their creativity, but I do want them to stretch themselves and try something new. My teacher friend, who is an artist,  says I shouldn’t even attempt to...

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