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Art Made Easy #005: Artful Practices for Young Makers with Rachelle Doorley

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Podcasts | 0 comments

Art Made Easy #005: Artful Practices for Young Makers with Rachelle Doorley

Today is episode 5 of Art made Easy. I promised you back in November that if I decided to host a podcast, I would commit to at least 6-months. The learning curve has been steep and the investment of time is immense, but I love having conversations with creative folks in our industry. I’m learning how a podcast works ( as many of you are!) so please bear with me as I learn how to interview, talk into a mic and carry a conversation for 45-minutes. That’s the fun part; moving past comfort zones and learning new things. Today I talk...

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Play Doh Colorwheel Activity

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in 1st Grade Art Lessons, 45-minute art lessons, Color Wheels & Theory, Kindergarten Art Lessons, PreK Art Lessons | 3 comments

Play Doh Colorwheel Activity

This is a great way to teach the color-wheel for young children. I’m not sure where this lesson originated but my typewritten copy is by Lois Ann Lynn from Rosamond, UT. Thank you Lynn! Print out the Color Wheel Chart PDF and photocopy onto card stock. Each container of Play-Doh yields about 30 pieces (this is dependent on how big you make the balls. I would try for the size of a red grape). Each child receives a color wheel sheet plus 3 balls of Play-Doh. Place the yellow ball on the “yellow” on the colorwheel. Do the same...

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Art Made Easy #004: The Secret to a Joy-Filled Art Room & How To Teach Collaborative Projects

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Podcasts | 10 comments

Art Made Easy #004: The Secret to a Joy-Filled Art Room & How To Teach Collaborative Projects

Thank you so much for all of your support during the launch of Art Made Easy. I was super excited to see my logo in iTunes New & Noteworthy section of the podcast page (Kids & Family) and as the TOP podcast in iTunes Education (k-12) Category. What a thrill! And it was all because you downloaded the show and subscribed in iTunes. Today may be the best show yet. Cassie Stephens takes you inside her art room and shares her teaching strategies from how she teaches directed drawing, how she handles early finishers, and the process she...

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Create With Clay Projects for K-3

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in 1st Grade Art Lessons, 2nd Grade Art Lessons, 3th Grade Art Lessons, Ceramics, Kindergarten Art Lessons | 2 comments

Create With Clay Projects for K-3

As much as I like watching kids color and paint, there is absolutely no substitute for the tactile experience of clay. I am lucky to have a kiln at my school but not everyone does. You may be a home-educator who doesn’t own a kiln (nor should you!) or even a classroom teacher who prefers to work without the kiln-experience. While it’s true that it’s hard to replicate kiln-fired clay and gloss glaze, you can come pretty close. If you have access to basic art supplies like Crayola air-dry clay, liquid tempera paints and Mod-Podge, then you can...

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“Petunia” Painting Project for Kids

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in 1st Grade Art Lessons, 2nd Grade Art Lessons, 3th Grade Art Lessons, Art and Literature, Birds, Spring Art, Tempera Paint | 5 comments

“Petunia” Painting Project for Kids

Incorporating literature into art projects remains my favorite type of lesson.  Last year, I introduced Petunia to my third grade students. Using a painting technique that I call smoothing, my students sketched a goose with pencil then  painted with happy colors, just like the book. Don’t have the book? You can download this delightful video found on YouTube: WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 12″ x 18″ white sulphite paper Pencil and Eraser Red, yellow, white, blue, green and black liquid tempera paint (I use Crayola) I medium tip...

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Romero Britto-Inspired Hearts

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in 4th Grade Art Lessons, 5th Grade Art Lessons, 6th Grade Art Lessons, Famous Artists, Markers, Valentine's Day Art, Video Art Tips & Lessons | 16 comments

Romero Britto-Inspired Hearts

Romero Britto is a Brazilian born artist who now lives in Miami, Florida. His modern pop culture art work is known and celebrated all over the world. Like many art teachers, I love his work and love introducing his colorful art to my students. THE PROJECT Using broad tip markers like these markers from Faber-Castell and a piece of card stock, you can create an easy-to-draw Valentine’s Day Pop-Art Hearts with your kids. Here are the basic steps: Draw curved lines on bottom of paper with black marker Draw “sun” and sun’s...

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Art Made Easy #003: How to Assess Student Artwork & Qualities of a Great Art Teacher

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Podcasts | 2 comments

Art Made Easy #003: How to Assess Student Artwork & Qualities of a Great Art Teacher

Welcome to my third episode of Art Made Easy! Thank you so much for the overwhelming support for the creation of this podcast. I can only say that I have a great line-up of guests and topics to share with you in the upcoming weeks and months. Today I am interviewing Jessica Balsley from the Art of Education. Jessica and I started our blogging journeys around the same time and our visions for supporting the art ed community have complimented one another. I love how Jessica bridges the gap between providing professional development...

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Art Made Easy #002: Steps to Hosting Painting Parties and Overcoming Obstacles with Heidi Easley

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Podcasts | 4 comments

Art Made Easy #002: Steps to Hosting Painting Parties and Overcoming Obstacles with Heidi Easley

Today on the podcast, I interview Heidi Easley, owner of Texas Art & Soul. Not only is Heidi a part-time K-5 art teacher but she runs a thriving paint party business in Dallas, Texas. Heidi is going to walk you through the process of hosting your own painting party, whether you host a small event with family and friends or for a large group. I’m so inspired by Heidi’s entrepreneurial spirit and her ability to make it work no matter what the obstacle. And this is the part of her story that is really impactful; how she went from...

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Art Made Easy #001: How I Became an Art Teacher & My Best Advice for Teaching Art to Kids

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in Podcasts | 10 comments

Art Made Easy #001: How I Became an Art Teacher & My Best Advice for Teaching Art to Kids

  Welcome to Art Made Easy, my first episode of my weekly podcast. This show shares my journey of how I became an art teacher. We all have different paths and this one is mine. I’ll share advice to those who are just starting out as an art teacher and some of my best tips for teaching art to kids. This episode is for anyone who thinks they may not have the qualifications to be an art teacher. Teaching art to kids doesn’t have to happen inside a classroom. You can teach art at home, at a summer camp and even as a volunteer...

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Abstract Moose Winter Art Project

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in 3th Grade Art Lessons, 4th Grade Art Lessons, 5th Grade Art Lessons, 6th Grade Art Lessons, America, Animals, Watercolor Projects, Winter Art | 3 comments

Abstract Moose Winter Art Project

During my visit to Alaska in 2014, I scoured books stores and art galleries looking for an artist who captured the spirit of Alaska and whose art could be translated to children. Dawn Gerety’s work fit the bill. I love her paintings: colorful, pattern-filled and whimsical, her collection of art went beyond the galleries to books for kids. When I got home, I crafted this project for older students. It is rich with the elements of art, captures the graphic beauty of the mighty moose and is easy enough for even the most art-timid child to...

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