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Metallic Robot Drawing & Painting Project

Metallic Robot Drawing & Painting Project

By on Jul 23, 2015 | 1 comment

  Creating a robot-inspired drawing is always popular in the art room. No doubt it connects well with math but that’s not my motivation.  For me, it’s all about the imagination. I have two robot books that I love: Robots: Spaceships and Other Tin Toys The Robot Book I place these books on the ledge of the whiteboard as I demonstrate the lesson. As I...

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Happy Birthday Alexander Calder!

Happy Birthday Alexander Calder!

By on Jul 22, 2015 | 0 comments

  Happy Birthday, Alexander Calder! I share a birthday month with some of my favorite artists: Frida Khalo July 6th, Marc Chagall July 7th, Amedeo Modigliani July 12th, Gustav Klimt July 14th, Edgar Degas July 19th and Alexander Calder July 22nd. It’s a great month, don’t you think? Alexander Calder’s life was spent tinkering, creating and...

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How to Draw & Paint Garden Flowers Video

How to Draw & Paint Garden Flowers Video

By on Jul 18, 2015 | 6 comments

I must admit. I’ve gone a little flower crazy since reviewing Julia Rothman’s Nature Anatomy. I can’t stop painting flowers! And I created this little video which ties in nicely with my other newest obsession–making videos. For this project, grab a few sheets of 12″ x 9″ watercolor paper, a sharpie marker, some oil pastels,...

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35 Summer Art Activities Guide

35 Summer Art Activities Guide

By on Jul 14, 2015 | 1 comment

Back in June I asked what type of art activity you like to do in the summertime. The response was amazing. In a couple of weeks, I’ll be heading back to my summertime cottage in Cumberland, Prince Edward Island and can’t wait to try a few of the ideas. I’m especially excited to try idea #4, #11 and #17. Thanks to everyone who shared their creative...

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How to Paint without Paint

How to Paint without Paint

By on Jun 30, 2015 | 3 comments

What? Paint without paint? Yes. It can be done with a most humble product: water-soluble oil pastel. Faber-Castell makes a wonderful Gel Stick in a plastic applicator that looks a lot like Chapstick. These little beauties are really water soluble oil pastels and when applied thickly onto paper, a swipe of a wet brush turns the oil pastel into a puddle of paint....

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Inspired by Nature Anatomy & Book Give-Away

Inspired by Nature Anatomy & Book Give-Away

By on Jun 23, 2015 | 245 comments

How many times have you done a lesson on a butterfly and your second graders know more about butterfly anatomy than you do? I used to struggle to remember whether the body was called a thorax or abdomen. I fear no longer. This book is your side-pocket secret to enhancing any art project. Want to name the insects in this bug drawing project?  This book will help....

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Jelly Fish Art project

Jelly Fish Art project

By on Jun 20, 2015 | 23 comments

One of the prettiest projects my third graders created this year happened during the very last days of school. I get rather desperate for ideas and organization towards the end of the school year so I had to scramble for a fast, two session project. I came across a jellyfish painting on my Watercolor Pinterest Board and it was love at first sight. My third graders...

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How to Host a Summer Art Camp for Kids-Part 2

How to Host a Summer Art Camp for Kids-Part 2

By on Jun 15, 2015 | 2 comments

Looking for art project ideas that will work perfectly for your summer art camp? This post outlines lesson ideas that will engage, delight and inspire your group of summer artists. The first part of this series detailed the business side of running an art camp. Today we will dive into the fun part: art projects. This 2-part series is designed to help you plan your...

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How to Host a Summer Art Camp for Kids-Part 1

How to Host a Summer Art Camp for Kids-Part 1

By on Jun 14, 2015 | 16 comments

My art room is stripped bare, supplies sorted and cupboards cleaned. The last thing I want to think about is pouring paint and cleaning brushes but summer can be a great time to test out new art lessons and even make a few bucks. This 2-part series is designed to help you plan your own art camp for kids.  Use the tips to generate ideas to turn your expertise,...

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2014-15 Honor Roll

2014-15 Honor Roll

By on Jun 9, 2015 | 7 comments

This honor roll marks the end of my Best & Worst lesson series. I will not be teaching in the same capacity next year. Meaning the end of teaching all grade levels plus all the extra projects like ceramics, art shows, displays and murals.  I have no idea what next year will look like (and nor does the school) but together we will figure out something. The extra...

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Giraffes Can’t Dance Art Lesson

Giraffes Can’t Dance Art Lesson

By on Jun 6, 2015 | 23 comments

Who says giraffes can’t dance? According to my first grade students, they not only dance, but sway, gyrate and hip-hop. Based on the book of the same name, the lesson was done in two, 40-minute sessions. Supplies for Giraffe 12″ x 18″ white sulphite paper Pencil/eraser Brown, orange, yellow and black broad-tip Crayola markers Scissors Supplies for...

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How Loud is a Lion Art Project

How Loud is a Lion Art Project

By on May 29, 2015 | 0 comments

I know this lesson looks like a bit of work…drawing, painting, cutting, pasting. But, believe me.  It’s worth it.  This is the type of lesson that keeps on giving long after the lesson is over…little lion drawings everywhere. There is something about learning how to draw an animal that really empowers children. This guided drawing is simple enough...

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Easy Ways to Create Images for Your Blog Posts

Easy Ways to Create Images for Your Blog Posts

By on May 23, 2015 | 3 comments

Have you ever wondered what goes into running a creative business?  This series is all about building and cultivating your own creative business from finding inspiration to e-commerce platforms to the nuts and bolts of operating a website. In March, a reader wrote to me asking for advice on how to photograph her student’s artwork for her blog. In today’s...

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Picasso’s La Coq Pastel Project

Picasso’s La Coq Pastel Project

By on May 21, 2015 | 3 comments

The inventory situation in my art room has reached a critical point. I have depleted my black oil pastels, white paper and white paint. This trio is my milk, eggs and bread of the art room.  Not wanting to place an order when I have two more weeks of classes, I’m forced to go beyond what is comfortable and start using up the left-overs. My pastel drawer, which...

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Watercolor Bouquet Art Project & Video Lesson

Watercolor Bouquet Art Project & Video Lesson

By on May 16, 2015 | 2 comments

Liquid watercolor paints get a good deal of use in my art room. So much in fact, that I keep watercolor-filled baby food jars at the ready in my cupboard.  When trying to decide whether to use liquid watercolors or tray watercolors, consider what your intention is for the art lesson. For this lesson I had three watercolor goals: Proper application of a wash Intense...

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Gunslingers & Outlaws Art Project

Gunslingers & Outlaws Art Project

By on May 11, 2015 | 0 comments

I introduced this lesson way back in 2010 and it instantly became a favorite of classroom teachers. I created the lesson after experimenting with ways to teach my 6th graders how to draw hats. I had a cowboy book on my bookshelf so I pulled it out. The lesson morphed into an Old West WANTED poster and for many teachers, the opportunity to add narrative. Since I...

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Easy Watercolor Process Lesson

Easy Watercolor Process Lesson

By on May 8, 2015 | 0 comments

Honestly. It’s like the kids have never seen this before. The ooh’s and ahhh’s that result in painting over an area of white oil pastel is worthy of admission. I needed a one-lesson project in order to keep my first grade classes in sync with each other. I whipped out my half-sheets of watercolor paper and a few jars of liquid watercolor paints and...

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By on May 4, 2015 | 1 comment

It’s about that time of year when I get totally overwhelmed with all-things art and school and feel the need to organize my thoughts on my blog. Sort of like an online diary, which is what a blog really is, right? Truth is, I’m scrambling this week, so a new lesson post seems unlikely. First things first… I’m having a sale!   Teachers...

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Lincoln Portraits Art Project

Lincoln Portraits Art Project

By on Apr 26, 2015 | 0 comments

If you are looking for a great story to read to your students, Abe Lincoln’s Dream by Lane Smith combines corny jokes, American history and great illustrations. The story alludes to the Lincoln’s bedroom ghost story and comes from the POV of a young girl taking a tour of the white house. She discovers Lincoln’s ghost and she assures him that the...

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Summer Art Workshop: Registration Open!

Summer Art Workshop: Registration Open!

By on Apr 23, 2015 | 12 comments

Do you love incorporating art into your classroom but don’t consider yourself an artist?  Are you looking for ways to freshen up your art curriculum? Do you need PD hours? Want to know the secrets for getting your students to produce their best work? Join me for my FIRST Summer Art Workshop. A one-day event designed to inspired, delight and introduce...

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Deep Space Sparkle Art Workshop: It’s Happening!

Deep Space Sparkle Art Workshop: It’s Happening!

By on Apr 13, 2015 | 94 comments

Oh my goodness…I’m SO excited. After years of thinking about this, I am finally making it happen. My FIRST in-person Deep Space Sparkle Workshop. Connecting with adults who love kid’s art is easy through the blog but it’s harder to create the connection in person. I must admit that organizing this workshop feels a little scary–what if...

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The Great Wave Art Lesson Plan & Video

The Great Wave Art Lesson Plan & Video

By on Apr 12, 2015 | 5 comments

Inspired by the book The Great Wave: A Children’s Book Inspired by Hokusai by Véronique Massenot and Bruno Pilorget and the painting The Great Wave off Kanazawa by Katsushika Hokusai, my fourth grade kids created the most beautiful paintings. I was hesitant to create an art lesson inspired by Hokusai’s The Great Wave. As a girl who loves Matisse and Van...

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Art Tip Video: Smoothing Technique

Art Tip Video: Smoothing Technique

By on Apr 10, 2015 | 3 comments

If you teach painting to kids, you know that one of the most difficult things to do is to encourage kids to smooth their paint. You know what I mean. Some areas of the painting will have big blobs of paint whereas other areas are watery and pale. Although some kids argue that this is their artistic vision (you know who they are) most can really benefit from a...

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