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How to Paint without Paint

How to Paint without Paint

on Jun , 2015 | 1 comment

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

on Jun , 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

on Jun , 2015 | 21 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

on Jun , 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

on Jun , 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

on Jun , 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

on Jun , 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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Teachers Pay Teachers Seller profile: Art Teacher Melinda Nguyen

Teachers Pay Teachers Seller profile: Art Teacher Melinda Nguyen

on Jun , 2015 | 37 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.  Today, I’m interviewing Melinda Nguyen (formerly Gram) about her entry into the world of selling art resources...

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