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Play Doh Colorwheel Activity

Play Doh Colorwheel Activity

By on Feb 2, 2016 | 3 comments

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...

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

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

By on Jan 28, 2016 | 10 comments

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...

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Create With Clay Projects for K-3

Create With Clay Projects for K-3

By on Jan 27, 2016 | 2 comments

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...

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“Petunia” Painting Project for Kids

“Petunia” Painting Project for Kids

By on Jan 26, 2016 | 5 comments

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:...

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Romero Britto-Inspired Hearts

Romero Britto-Inspired Hearts

By on Jan 22, 2016 | 16 comments

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...

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

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

By on Jan 20, 2016 | 2 comments

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...

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

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

By on Jan 20, 2016 | 4 comments

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...

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

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

By on Jan 18, 2016 | 10 comments

  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...

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Abstract Moose Winter Art Project

Abstract Moose Winter Art Project

By on Jan 11, 2016 | 3 comments

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...

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Sketchbook Project #6: Line Drawings

Sketchbook Project #6: Line Drawings

By on Jan 10, 2016 | 3 comments

The Sketchbook Project is a record of how my sixth grade students used sketchbooks during their art class to record art information and create projects. Learn how I used sketchbooks instead of individual sheets of paper to teach art & creativity. Week One: The Beginning Week Two: Creating Value Week Three: Atmospheric Perspective Week Four: Tree Line Drawings...

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What’s Ahead with Deep Space Sparkle

What’s Ahead with Deep Space Sparkle

By on Jan 5, 2016 | 8 comments

Happy New Year everyone! I had a very peaceful holiday this year with lots of movies, food and sleep. I needed all three this year. I worked hard developing my business this year and my body and mind were begging’ for a break. Now I’m refreshed, 5 lbs heavier and ready to tackle 2016. I have some big plans for Deep Space Sparkle but before I dive into...

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The 5 Worst Mistakes I made as an Art Teacher

The 5 Worst Mistakes I made as an Art Teacher

By on Dec 28, 2015 | 16 comments

    If you have taught art for any length of time, no doubt you have accumulated a few misses in your teaching strategy. I know I have. Like many of you, when I first began teaching, I had no idea if a project I read about in a book would work with my students. If it looked fun and doable, I would try it. What I didn’t know is that there are some...

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

By on Dec 23, 2015 | 2 comments

Neil and I want to wish all of you a very happy holiday and bright and shiny new year. 2015 has been a year of growth, change and new directions. I can’t wait to start my podcast, open registration for my summer conference and offer you more tips and resources for creating art with your students and children. It has been a pleasure creating content for YOU....

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Winter Skaters Art Project

Winter Skaters Art Project

By on Dec 18, 2015 | 2 comments

Last year I came across the most beautiful winter art scene from this artist’s gallery . It reminded me of my childhood growing up on a horse farm in Eastern Canada. During the month of February, snow would often melt then quickly refreeze. In the hollow of one of our grazing fields, a large rink would form. My sister and I would pull on our skates and stay outside...

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Over & Under Winter Habitat Art Project

Over & Under Winter Habitat Art Project

By on Dec 8, 2015 | 3 comments

Over and Under the Snow is a book that uncovers the “secret kingdom under the snow.” Children are offered a glimpse of where animals go during the winter months and what their homes look like. The artwork is beautiful–ethereal, soft and filled with atmospheric perspective. This was one of the prettiest winter art projects I have ever done....

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Sketchbook Project #4: Abstract Art + Free Project Guide

Sketchbook Project #4: Abstract Art + Free Project Guide

By on Dec 4, 2015 | 0 comments

Sonia Delaunay along with her husband Robert Delaunay cofounded an art movement called Orphism. Strong colors and geometric shapes defined this movement.  For the fourth installment of my free series, The Sketchbook Project, my 6th grade students looked at a few pieces of Delaunay’s art and examined the colors she used and how she arranged the shapes. Using...

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Sleigh Bell Holiday Art project

Sleigh Bell Holiday Art project

By on Dec 1, 2015 | 16 comments

Create a pretty holiday-themed art project using colored paper, marker and chalk pastel for the sleigh bells and colored paper and white tempera paint for the snowy background. I created a short video to show you how I taught my 3rd grade kids how to draw and color sleigh bells in order to show form. This was a transformative project for many students as the circle...

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The Sketchbook Project #3: Tree Line Drawings

The Sketchbook Project #3: Tree Line Drawings

By on Nov 27, 2015 | 1 comment

The Sketchbook Project is a record of how my sixth grade students used sketchbooks during their art class to record art information and create projects. Learn how I used sketchbooks instead of individual sheets of paper to teach art & creativity. Week One: The Beginning Week Two: Creating Value Week Three: Atmospheric Perspective Today’s Project: Tree...

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The Sketchbook Project #2: Atmospheric Perspective

The Sketchbook Project #2: Atmospheric Perspective

By on Nov 13, 2015 | 2 comments

The Sketchbook Project is a record of how my sixth grade students used sketchbooks during their art class to record art information and create projects. Learn how I used sketchbooks instead of individual sheets of paper to teach art & creativity. Week One: The Beginning Week Two: Creating Value Today’s Project: Atmospheric Perspective Riding my bike to...

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Sketchbook Project #1: Creating Value

Sketchbook Project #1: Creating Value

By on Nov 4, 2015 | 6 comments

The Sketchbook Project is a record of how my sixth grade students used sketchbooks during their art class to record art information and create projects. Learn how I used sketchbooks instead of individual sheets of paper to teach art & creativity. Week One: The Beginning Today’s Project: Value Teaching color theory is an ongoing process. I never really got...

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