To Spray or Not To Spray…

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Chalk pastels are one of my most favorite products to use. They are so easy to prep: just haul from a drawer or cupboard and place on the tables. No one can argue with that! I think using chalk as a medium is frightening for some because of the dust and the difficulties little kids have with applying the chalk in a neat manner. Truth is, it’s very hard to … Read More →

Teaching Art at Home Part III: Art Supplies

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The third in my series, Teaching Art at Home. Click here for Part I and Part II I’m going to tackle one of the most basic problems with teaching art when you are a non-artist: Art Supplies. I remember when I first began teaching, I was asked to teach 7 grade levels and had one week to order art supplies and develop an art curriculum. Do you know what gave … Read More →

Teaching Art at Home: Part II The Set-Up

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This is my second installation in the series, Teaching Art at Home. Click here to read Part 1 and here for Part III I remember when my children were young and I set up an outdoor art studio: rolls of newsprint, tubs of paint, texture tools, etc. I dreamed of my children creating, painting, exploring and then running off to Michaels to frame the resulting masterpieces. Um, not what happened. The … Read More →

Teaching Art at Home: Part I

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Over the years, I have received many emails from home-schooling parents wondering how to incorporate my art lessons into their home-school curriculum. The questions range from which art supplies to use to how to adapt a lesson for different ages. I don’t have any experience as a home-school parent so I have always been reluctant to offer advice. But I got thinking and asking (thanks to my DSS Facebook group!) … Read More →

My Back-to-School Art Supply Order

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Ordering art supplies just might be the most exciting of all my tasks. Nothing evokes stronger back-to-school memories than opening a pack of Crayola crayons and breathing in their waxy aroma. Ahhh….can you smell them? As an art teacher, that particular memory is compounded by the purchase of paints, pastels and other lovely stuff. I get asked (quite often, actually) what brands I like, what brushes I buy, what paper … Read More →

The Best Colored Pencils

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Colored pencils, when used properly, can impart a wonderful quality to artwork. When combined with markers, colored pencils can add tints and values to an otherwise flat image. Having said this, I haven’t always been so fond of colored pencils (or pencils crayons as we used to say in Canada) for use in the elementary classroom. Unless you use the good ones, the results can be less than satisfying. Cheap … Read More →

Art Supplies: Perfect Paints

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Paint is the perfect elementary school art medium. Picking up a paint brush is irresistible to kids and I know why; it’s when the magic happens. It’s vibrant, messy and oozy. But even though kids love paint, sometimes it’s hard to know what paint is best for the classroom. In keeping with my series on popular art supplies, here is a list of paint that has worked and some that … Read More →