Perfect Timing: Managing your Art Class

It’s the question everyone wonders about. How do you teach an art lesson so every child finishes at the same time? Can it be done? Not really, but you can create... Learn More


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Prepping for Your First Art Class with Kinders (yikes!)

I received a question from a reader yesterday asking for advice. She teaches upper elementary and middle school but now will welcome Kinders into art class for an hour each week. Not feeling... Learn More


End of the year clean-up strategies

For many of us, the end of the school year is fast approaching. For me, it ended this week and if your art room is anything like mine, it can be overwhelming to think about... Learn More


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Smart Classroom Management Interview

CLASSROOM  MANAGEMENT TIPS & STRATEGIES  We all long for the ultimate art room experience: a classroom full of respectful students and hitting the sweet spot between artistic expression and a controlled... Learn More


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Crying in the Art Room

There is no worse experience for an art teacher than when a child cries during art class. We’ve all been the witness to crumpled paper, crayon throwing and plain old... Learn More


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Ask Patty: Controlling Noise Level in the Art Room

Many readers ask me how to control noise in the art room. I appreciate why this is one of my most asked questions; a rowdy classroom can drive you nuts.... Learn More


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How to Get Children to Draw Big

How do you encourage children to produce images large enough to paint or color? It’s a great question, isn’t it? One of my DSS Facebook readers asked this very question so... Learn More


Classroom Management: Reigning In A Rowdy Class

We all dream of the perfect group of students listening attentively to our art instruction. We dream of children working creatively, thoughtfully and perhaps above all, quietly in our classrooms.... Learn More


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Clean-Up Procedures in the Art Room

CLEAN-UP PROCEDURES IN THE ART ROOM It’s 5 minutes before the end of art class and you know what comes next: clean-up time. That little phrase always puts me in... Learn More


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