Holiday / Event – TeachKidsArt http://www.teachkidsart.net a resource for teaching art to kids! Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:27:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ceramic Sugar Skull Plate for Dia de los Muertos http://www.teachkidsart.net/ceramic-sugar-skull-plate-for-dia-de-los-muertos/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/ceramic-sugar-skull-plate-for-dia-de-los-muertos/#comments Wed, 01 Nov 2017 19:43:30 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=5223

November 1st and 2nd is a Mexican holiday known as “Dia de los Muertos” or “Day of the Dead”….. an no, it isn’t “Mexican Halloween”! It’s not meant to be scary, spooky, or morbid, but rather a colorful tradition of honoring loved ones who have passed. I’m blessed to live in an area of the […] ]]>
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Easy Sugar Skull Ceramic Planter/Pot http://www.teachkidsart.net/easy-sugar-skull-ceramic-planterpot/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/easy-sugar-skull-ceramic-planterpot/#comments Thu, 12 Oct 2017 03:33:02 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=5182

As if we needed one more reason to love Trader Joe’s…. THIS sugar skull succulent planter! My students were asking for a project for Day of the Dead, so when I saw these awesome sugar skull succulent planters I knew I had to come up with a good way to make them! So here it […] ]]>
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Letter to a First Year Art Teacher – Practical Advice from the Trenches http://www.teachkidsart.net/letter-to-a-first-year-art-teacher-practical-advice-from-the-trenches/ Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:03:15 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=5106

Dear First Year Art Teacher, Congratulations on your new job teaching Art! You are embarking on a wonderful adventure! There will be days ahead when you’ll declare to anyone who will listen that you have the BEST job in the world. There is SO much to LOVE about teaching Art! But, as with all things, […] ]]>
Why Sharing a Classroom Might Be Better Than You Thought…. and 5 Ways to Make it Work http://www.teachkidsart.net/why-sharing-a-classroom-might-be-better-than-you-thought-and-5-ways-to-make-it-work/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/why-sharing-a-classroom-might-be-better-than-you-thought-and-5-ways-to-make-it-work/#comments Wed, 12 Jul 2017 18:39:36 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=5072

Let’s face it, given the choice, we’d all prefer to have our own space. But consider this…. maybe sharing a classroom isn’t so bad after all. I used to dream of having my own classroom… complete with storage for supplies and a sink for clean up. A place I could call my own and make […] ]]>
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5 Steps to Improving Your Teaching Skills This Summer http://www.teachkidsart.net/5-steps-to-improving-your-teaching-skills-this-summer/ Wed, 07 Jun 2017 22:30:40 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=5058

When I first watched this TEDx Talk a while back, I immediately saw the implications for teachers…. and not only for Art teachers. I believe any teacher of any grade or subject will benefit from following these steps. For that matter, anyone who wants to get better at anything could apply this strategy. Maybe that’s why this […] ]]>
A Heart for Moms…. or Anyone! http://www.teachkidsart.net/a-heart-for-moms-or-anyone/ Thu, 04 May 2017 00:07:54 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=5031

Hearts, flowers, and a handmade touch are things that come to mind when I think of a gift for Mother’s Day. So why not combine all three to show some love to a mom…. your own or another special mom in your life?    My friend Hazel McNab of 366hearts.com is famous for her hearts. She’s […] ]]>
Hearts and Grit http://www.teachkidsart.net/hearts-and-grit/ Mon, 13 Feb 2017 04:36:54 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4998

Four years ago, I wrote a blog post about Hazel McNab, a woman who challenged herself to design a heart to go with an inspiring quote every day for a year. She held herself accountable by posting her journey online. It just so happened it was a Leap Year, hence the name of her blog: 366 Hearts. Well, it’s […] ]]>
Kaleidoscope Lettering – New & Improved! http://www.teachkidsart.net/kaleidoscope-lettering-new-improved/ Sat, 18 Jun 2016 01:07:01 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4836

While I love creating new art projects to keep things fresh and interesting, some of the older projects are just so good, they’re worth repeating year after year…. which also gives me the chance to keep improving them! Kaleidoscope Lettering is one of those projects! It uses the concepts of bilateral (reflective) symmetry, tessellation, and positive/negative space to transform names, initials, or inspiring words into unique […] ]]>
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Ceramic ‘Pot of Gold’ http://www.teachkidsart.net/celebrate-st-patricks-day-with-a-ceramic-pot-of-gold/ Thu, 10 Mar 2016 04:15:19 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4751

Leprechauns, rainbows, and pots of gold all tell us that St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner! We made our pots of gold out of clay so they would last from year to year. While these look like little pots full of gold coins, there’s a bit o’ trickery here…. the coins are actually attached to a removable […] ]]>
Say, “I Love You” with Clay http://www.teachkidsart.net/say-i-love-you-with-clay/ Sun, 14 Feb 2016 21:05:32 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4710

There’s something about ceramic projects that makes them such special keepsakes. Maybe it’s the permanence of the glazed and fired clay, able to last well beyond a generation. Maybe it’s the tactile nature of the medium itself and the way it reveals each impression left by the artist’s hands. Or, maybe it’s that there tend to […] ]]>