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


Open-Ended Art Projects

Teaching art is a joy to me. My pace is relaxed, my schedule is perfect, my school is wonderful and my students are lovely. I try very hard to teach... Learn More


A Letter to a First Year Art Teacher

By some strange coincidence, I have received about twenty emails in the last ten days from art teachers who are brand new to teaching art and are starting an art... Learn More


Art Instruction: Does it hurt a child’s creativity?

Every once in a while I receive a comment or an email challenging the methods I use to teach art.  Why I would choose to do a directed-line drawing instead... Learn More


Top Eight Tips for Teaching Art to Children

I love teaching art to children. My philosophy is quite simple: To engage, inspire and teach art with age-appropriate techniques and subjects. I’ve only been teaching art to children for eight... Learn More


Art Projects for Inclusion Students

I’ve received a few letters asking me about projects best suited for inclusion kids. While I’m not anywhere near qualified to answer this question on a professional level, either as... Learn More


Working through a Bad Clay Day…

Things had been going so well. Half the year over, successful lessons, sunny days and then…boom! Fifth grade clay day. Sound the drums! Fifth grade is a big grade level.... Learn More


Starting Projects with Pencils: The Do’s & the Don’ts

I received this question via email today and thought my answer, plus any comments from readers, might help Megan out. Here is her question: Hi Patty, First I want to... Learn More


Shaving Cream Art: A lesson in what not to do.

I’ve been seeing some art lessons lately that feature shaving cream as a suspension for watercolor paints. This type of printing project looks like a good deal of fun and... Learn More


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