Easy Ways to Create Images for Your Blog Posts

Photo and editing tips for your blog plus a free Branding Guide and Post Checklist

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 digital age it’s not just about how to take a picture anymore. It’s … Read More →

Picasso’s La Coq Pastel Project

Inspired by Picasso’s painting, La Coq, kids use a combination of oil and chalk pastels to draw a cubist rooster. Easy art activity that takes less than an hour.

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 in September was … Read More →

Watercolor Bouquet Art Project & Video Lesson

Kids draw flowers with a marker and use liquid watercolor paints to add glorious color

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 colors Oil pastel resist Wash: Tray watercolors are hard to … Read More →

Gunslingers & Outlaws Art Project

Kids draw and paint their own cowboy or cowgirl and create a WANTED poster.

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 published 3-Ingredient Art … Read More →

Easy Watercolor Process Lesson

An easy watercolor resist lesson that is essential and fun for the early art years. Watercolor resist art project for kids.

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 offered a quick demo on watercolor resist. Although … Read More →

Spring Happenings 2015

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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 Pay Teachers does it up right. They are hosting a Teacher Appreciation … Read More →

Lincoln Portraits Art Project

Kids learn to draw Abraham Lincoln and create a colorful, American-themed background. Great American History art activity.

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 country has turned out just fine since he last left it. A readable story with clever … Read More →

About Patty

I teach art to 400 school children in Goleta, California. My art library contains hundreds of free art lesson ideas. My shop has art lesson plans, videos and resources to help you teach art to kids. It's a whole lot easier with Deep Space Sparkle.
 
 

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