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Inspired by Nature Anatomy & Book Give-Away

Inspired by Nature Anatomy & Book Give-Away

By on Jun 23, 2015 | 245 comments

How many times have you done a lesson on a butterfly and your second graders know more about butterfly anatomy than you do? I used to struggle to remember whether the body was called a thorax or abdomen. I fear no longer. This book is your side-pocket secret to enhancing any art project. Want to name the insects in this bug drawing project?  This book will help....

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Paint Like Pollock: Art Project for Grades K-2

Paint Like Pollock: Art Project for Grades K-2

By on Apr 3, 2015 | 4 comments

As much as I love creating a big mess with paint, I wasn’t inspired to create a Jackson Pollock art project until I saw this post. I knew the technique of dipping yarn into tubs of paint would be a huge hit with my first graders. And it was. Plus, I could finally read Action Jackson! If you don’t have this book, it’s a must-read about...

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Holiday Gifts for the Young Artist

Holiday Gifts for the Young Artist

By on Nov 30, 2014 | 2 comments

Wondering what to give your art-loving niece? Or son who loves to draw? A walk down any craft aisle will yields lots of wonderful art activity packs. All are good choices as there is nothing a child loves more than to open up a box and seeing hundreds of pencils, pastels and crayons. Although, sometimes these art packs aren’t the best quality. What I love...

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Beautiful Books for the Young Artist

Beautiful Books for the Young Artist

By on Nov 20, 2014 | 1 comment

The Meet The Artist series features playful and interactive pop-up books that showcase three of my favorite art masters: Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder and Henri Matisse. I purchased the Picasso and Calder books at the National Art Education Conference in San Diego last spring and at first I wondered how the books could be used in my classroom. Turns out they...

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7 Winter Art Lessons To Try

7 Winter Art Lessons To Try

By on Nov 11, 2014 | 9 comments

Winter is coming and that means I get to pull out my favorite art projects for my students. There is something about blue and white paint that always inspires a few snowmen or snow angels. And yes, I will admit that my glitter supply is well stocked! Here are some of my favorite art lessons and coordinating picture books that I have done throughout the years that...

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5 Great Art Books for Your Art Room

5 Great Art Books for Your Art Room

By on Oct 19, 2014 | 2 comments

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...

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