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5 Painting Tips for the Young Artist

5 Painting Tips for the Young Artist

By on Sep 3, 2015 | 2 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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Jelly Fish Art project

Jelly Fish Art project

By on Jun 20, 2015 | 23 comments

One of the prettiest projects my third graders created this year happened during the very last days of school. I get rather desperate for ideas and organization towards the end of the school year so I had to scramble for a fast, two session project. I came across a jellyfish painting on my Watercolor Pinterest Board and it was love at first sight. My third graders...

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How to Draw a Lion: Collage Art Project

How to Draw a Lion: Collage Art Project

By on May 29, 2015 | 0 comments

Learning how to draw a lion as well as other African animals is very rewarding for kids. Their distinctive shapes and features mean that even the most basic drawing looks familiar. I know this lesson looks like a bit of work…drawing, painting, cutting, pasting. But, believe me.  It’s worth it.  This is the type of lesson that keeps on giving long after...

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The Great Wave Art Lesson Plan & Video

The Great Wave Art Lesson Plan & Video

By on Apr 12, 2015 | 5 comments

Inspired by the book The Great Wave: A Children’s Book Inspired by Hokusai by Véronique Massenot and Bruno Pilorget and the painting The Great Wave off Kanazawa by Katsushika Hokusai, my fourth grade kids created the most beautiful paintings. I was hesitant to create an art lesson inspired by Hokusai’s The Great Wave. As a girl who loves Matisse and Van...

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Art Tip Video: Smoothing Technique

Art Tip Video: Smoothing Technique

By on Apr 10, 2015 | 3 comments

If you teach painting to kids, you know that one of the most difficult things to do is to encourage kids to smooth their paint. You know what I mean. Some areas of the painting will have big blobs of paint whereas other areas are watery and pale. Although some kids argue that this is their artistic vision (you know who they are) most can really benefit from a...

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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 | 5 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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