Art Tip Video: Using Markers in the Art Room

My best marker tips for the art room including the paper I use and how to get kids to color thoroughly.

Using markers in the art room is by far one of the easiest mediums to prep for. I love how easy it is to set out trays then put them back into my marker drawer in less than a few minutes. No washing or sorting required.  But sometimes an art project colored with markers can look, well…you know…messy. Teaching kids how to color with markers has been a one of my goals this … Read More →

Chengdu: Panda Bear Art Project

Chengdu Art Lesson

I received this book in the mail a few months ago and as soon as I opened up the package and saw sleepy Chengdu, I knew my first graders would love him. Chengdu Could Not, Would Not, Fall Asleep by Barney Saltzberg tells the story of how little Chengdu couldn’t fall asleep no matter how hard he tried. The illustrations are simple and created with a limited color palette of black, white and greens. Although … Read More →

Creating a Rainbow-Video

How to mix paints for Kid's art projects

A reader asked me how to mix paints the way I do for my art lessons. She asked for a recipe, but I’m afraid to say there really isn’t one. This video shows how I mix paints for my art projects. Of course, not every project requires this amount of prep, and in many cases, its best to let kids mix their own paint colors. But sometimes it helps to … Read More →

Emily Carr Art Lesson Plan

Paint like Emily Carr

For every girl who has dreamed of paving her own path, Emily’s story will surely inspired. The youngest of five girls, Emily loved drawing from a very early age. Often scoffed at by her older sisters for her artistic perspective, Emily learned to do it her way. After traveling to San Francisco to study art and then to the UK and France, she eventually found her way home again to … Read More →

Fun with Painted Paper & Technique Videos

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  Creating painted paper is an absolute joy for children. There is absolutely no wrong way to do it and the kids know it. I’ve gotten into the practice of starting my kinder and 1st grade art rotations with a painted paper project. You may have to wash a few extra brushes, but in the end, the children are smiling and you’ll have enough painted paper pieces to last the … Read More →

Paper Weavings + Video

Paper-Weavings-art-lesson

After 10 years of teaching art, I have never done a weaving project. Usually the classroom teachers take care of this standard but I couldn’t help myself. Inspiration from Art For Small Hands was enough to push me to try this new medium. I loved it and so did the kids. I’m not going to lie, though. This project took a bit of investigating to see how to teach this … Read More →

Painted Paper Video

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Painted paper is a must-have for every art room. Children LOVE creating painted paper and the ideas for lesson ideas are endless. Here is a mini (1 minute) video showing you the steps to make painted paper at home or in the classroom. Enjoy! For a complete photo-tutorial, visit my post on How to Make Painted Paper

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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