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Video Art Tips & Lessons

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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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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Chalk Flowers Art Project – 2 Ways

Chalk Flowers Art Project – 2 Ways

By on Oct 16, 2015 | 10 comments

Chalk is an underused art medium. Too dusty. Too messy. High maintenance. And spraying? Forget it. I say ignore the bad rap and go for it. Chalk pastels, also known as soft pastels, are an incredible product for kid’s art-making. Similar to old school finger-painting, chalk is truly like painting with your fingers. Kids love it. And when I say that, it’s...

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Fall Leaves Print-Making Activity & Video

Fall Leaves Print-Making Activity & Video

By on Oct 1, 2015 | 26 comments

Need a beautiful, accessible project for kids? This fall stencil project is perfect. You’ll need to gather 2-4 leaves per child or about 50 leaves for a 25-student class so that each child has a couple of leaves to choose from.  Make sure the leaves are fresh, not the crispy dried ones that have already fallen. This is important as the paint must adhere to the...

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Fall Art Bundle & Watercolor Leaves Video

Fall Art Bundle & Watercolor Leaves Video

By on Sep 21, 2015 | 5 comments

  Raise your hand if Fall is your favorite time of year? Santa Barbara doesn’t experience Fall until well into November but I fake it by switching out my summer whites for long sleeves. And just because I can’t get enough of Fall and the beautiful leaves I imagine are falling in cooler parts of the country, I played around with my Faber-Castell Art...

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Video Art Tip: How to Cut a Spiral

Video Art Tip: How to Cut a Spiral

By on Sep 20, 2015 | 2 comments

Cutting spirals can be a challenging task for kids. Most get the general idea: cutting a piece of paper into a spiral shape. This strategy feels right when you are cutting the spiral but if your intention is to glue it to a piece of paper, the cutting effort basically disappears. To help kids cut a spiral that actually looks like a spiral, I show them this...

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