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5 Painting Tips for the Young Artist

5 Painting Tips for the Young Artist

By on Sep 3, 2015 | 3 comments

You’ve all seen the amazing art projects on art teacher blogs and Pinterest. Inspiration and ideas are everywhere. But you may be wondering if you can achieve the same results with your kids. You have questions: Does paper matter? What about paint? As an art teacher for over 13 years, I’ve tried a lot of techniques with my students and have come up with...

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Car-themed Collaborative Ceramic Mural

Car-themed Collaborative Ceramic Mural

By on Sep 1, 2015 | 1 comment

The 6th grade car mural completed last Spring, marked the 10th year I facilitated a collaborative ceramic tile mural project. Within that span, 12 murals were created to help graduating 6th graders leave their mark. It’s been the most wonderful experience; bringing parents, teachers, district personnel and students together. After I posted 5 or 6 murals on...

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How to Draw a Robot

How to Draw a Robot

By on Jul 23, 2015 | 1 comment

Teach your kids how to draw a robot and use fun metallic paints and pastels to add polish and shine. No doubt using shapes to draw you robots allows for a great connection with math but that’s not my motivation.  For me, it’s all about the imagination. I have two robot books that I love: Robots: Spaceships and Other Tin Toys The Robot Book I place these...

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How to Draw & Paint Garden Flowers Video

How to Draw & Paint Garden Flowers Video

By on Jul 18, 2015 | 6 comments

I must admit. I’ve gone a little flower crazy since reviewing Julia Rothman’s Nature Anatomy. I can’t stop painting flowers! And I created this little video which ties in nicely with my other newest obsession–making videos. For this project, grab a few sheets of 12″ x 9″ watercolor paper, a sharpie marker, some oil pastels,...

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How to Paint without Paint

How to Paint without Paint

By on Jun 30, 2015 | 3 comments

What? Paint without paint? Yes. It can be done with a most humble product: water-soluble oil pastel. Faber-Castell makes a wonderful Gel Stick in a plastic applicator that looks a lot like Chapstick. These little beauties are really water soluble oil pastels and when applied thickly onto paper, a swipe of a wet brush turns the oil pastel into a puddle of paint....

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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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