Video Art Tip: How to Cut a Spiral

Cutting spirals can be a challenging task for kids. Most get the general idea: cutting a piece of paper into a spiral shape. This strategy feels right when you are... Learn More


The Best Art Paper for Every Project

When I first began teaching, I had no idea how to teach art to kids. Kid’s art projects and supplies were not on my radar. One of the most nagging questions I had... Learn More


How to Paint without Paint

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... Learn More


Inspired by Nature Anatomy & Summer Art Ideas

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... Learn More


The Great Wave Art Project

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... Learn More

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Art Tip Video: Smoothing Technique

  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... Learn More


Art Tip Video: Using Markers in the Art Room

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... Learn More


Chengdu: Panda Bear Art Project

I received this book in the mail a few months ago and as soon as I opened up the package and saw sleepy Chengdu, I knew my first graders would love him. Chengdu... Learn More


Creating a Rainbow-Video

A reader asked me how to mix paints the way I do for my art lessons. She asked for a recipe, but I’m afraid to say there really isn’t one.... Learn More


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