Does your Paper Curl?

Curling paper is an annoyance in the art room, but can you prevent it? I don’t think you can eliminate... View Article

My Adventures with Paper Mache

If there were a prize for the best art genre for kids, I’m pretty sure Paper Mache would get the... View Article


To Spray or Not To Spray…chalk pastels

SPRAYING CHALK PASTELS Chalk pastels are one of my favorite products to use in the art room. They allow a... View Article

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... View Article

Best and Worst Lessons of 2012-13

Creating new lessons every year is my biggest motivator. I love taking a proven technique and finding another subject to... View Article

Teaching Art at Home: Problems, Set Up, and Art Supplies

TEACHING ART AT HOME: PROBLEMS, SET-UP, AND ART SUPPLIES Over the years, I have received many emails from home-schooling parents... View Article

Archiving Childhood Artwork

Any artwork that I did in elementary school art class is long gone. I remember a few projects very well,... View Article

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... View Article

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... View Article