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How to Host a Summer Art Camp for Kids-Part 1

How to Host a Summer Art Camp for Kids-Part 1

By on Jun 14, 2015 | 16 comments

My art room is stripped bare, supplies sorted and cupboards cleaned. The last thing I want to think about is pouring paint and cleaning brushes but summer can be a great time to test out new art lessons and even make a few bucks. This 2-part series is designed to help you plan your own art camp for kids.  Use the tips to generate ideas to turn your expertise,...

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2014-15 Honor Roll

2014-15 Honor Roll

By on Jun 9, 2015 | 8 comments

This honor roll marks the end of my Best & Worst lesson series. I will not be teaching in the same capacity next year. Meaning the end of teaching all grade levels plus all the extra projects like ceramics, art shows, displays and murals.  I have no idea what next year will look like (and nor does the school) but together we will figure out something. The extra...

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3 Techniques to Try with Tempera Paint

3 Techniques to Try with Tempera Paint

By on Mar 24, 2015 | 0 comments

When it comes to painting techniques, most of us think about using watercolor paints. There is just so much you can do with these watery paints: resist, wet-on-wet, salting, etc. But if you use liquid tempera paint for most of your art projects, you may not know that these paints can transform into extraordinary textures. Here are my 3 favorite techniques to use...

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Art Tip Video: Using Markers in the Art Room

Art Tip Video: Using Markers in the Art Room

By on Mar 17, 2015 | 8 comments

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...

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Colorful Art Banners for your Art Room

Colorful Art Banners for your Art Room

By on Jan 8, 2015 | 6 comments

I’ll admit it. My art room is looking pretty darn ugly. The walls are bare, stacks of paper are shoved against the walls and half-empty paint bottles are jammed onto open shelving. It’s a sad state of affairs. I know what you are thinking. You probably thought that I had the most beautiful art room in the world but I’m afraid I don’t put much...

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Simple Tip for Keeping Artwork Organized

Simple Tip for Keeping Artwork Organized

By on Jan 4, 2015 | 4 comments

During my second round of facilitating my Teaching Art 101 e-course, a group of us were discussing organization in the art room. Just like most of the class participants, I struggled with sorting piles and piles of artwork. One gal piped up and said she used ordinary clothespins clipped to stacks of art projects to help separate classes. Isn’t that genius?...

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