5 Great Art Books for Your Art Room

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I love combing through bookshelves looking for new picture book releases that would make great transitions into an art lesson. Some titles are recommended by readers (love this!) but most often it requires a flip through to determine whether or not a book has too many words, too few words, engaging illustrations and a story worthy enough of my students. I get giddy when I discover a title that introduces an artist other than Van Gogh, … Read More →

Art Inspiration from Alaska

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To celebrate my 50th birthday (I need to start owning this number), Neil and I took the kiddos on a cruise to Alaska. Just saying those words makes me feel more grateful than ever. It was truly a trip of a lifetime. Of course with any trip, inspiration is everywhere. We decided to do as much as we could while in Alaska as we all felt that Alaska was unlikely to … Read More →

A Child’s Introduction to Art: Book Review

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I love a great book but when it comes to children’s art history, the selection has been boring. Not anymore. I was thrilled to receive a copy of A Child’s Introduction to Art: The World’s Greatest Paintings and Sculptures by Heather Alexander and illustrated by Meredith Hamilton. Finally a book that delivers a great synopsis of the world’s greatest artists in a voice that speaks well to children. The book looks … Read More →

Book Review: The Shape of my Heart

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I went to my local Indie bookstore a while back searching for a book to tie-in with my Valentine’s Day themed art lessons. I gravitated towards the sea of pink and red and searched for an appropriate book for my first and second graders.  I was disappointed with the selection but to be fair, I had alot of requirements. I wanted a book to tie-in with an art lesson on … Read More →

Arlo Needs Glasses Art Lesson

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Arlo Needs Glasses  by Barney Saltzberg is about as cute as you can get when it comes to interactive picture books. My group of Kinders LOVED this book. We read the book before we created our own Arlo dogs. Because the book is interactive, it is difficult to expect the children to stay seated. They want to wear the glasses, pull the strings, throw the ball and peer into the … Read More →