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Clay Leaves

Colorful Clay Leaves

There seems to be a uni­ver­sal appeal when it comes to projects with leaves! Young or old, male or female.… who doesn’t like leaves?? This project is quick and easy, hard to mess up, and offers a “wow fac­tor” as the vein impres­sions make these ceramic leaves look incred­i­bly real­is­tic! So, go out and gather some leaves while you […]

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The Cure for Dry Hands!

The Cure for Dry Hands!

We art teach­ers prob­a­bly wash our hands as often as doc­tors! When you com­bine this fre­quent hand-washing with cold win­ter weather, and what­ever medium we’ve cur­rently got our hands in, it takes a nasty toll on our skin. After so many years of try­ing dif­fer­ent lotions and still hav­ing rough, dry hands, I had all but resigned myself […]

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Ceramic Sugar Skull Plates for Dia de los Muertos

Ceramic Sugar Skull Plates for Dia de los Muertos

(Be sure to pin this project for next year…. my stu­dents LOVED it!!)  Dia De Los Muer­tos (or Day of the Dead, Novem­ber 1–2) is one of my favorite hol­i­days…. I love the col­or­ful imagery and the focus on hon­or­ing loved ones who have died. So when one of my stu­dents requested that we do a ‘Sugar Skull’ project […]

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Clay Pumpkins tutorial

Clay Pumpkins

This Clay Pump­kin les­son just might be the per­fect sea­sonal project for fall! It teaches sev­eral impor­tant tech­niques for work­ing in clay and also makes a charm­ing take-home gift that will be enjoyed for years to come! Stu­dents in grades 3 and up can be suc­cess­ful when you fol­low these sim­ple steps…. Mate­ri­als: 3 balls of clay, two the […]

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Art for the Differently-abled

Art for the Differently-abled

I wasn’t look­ing for a new teach­ing posi­tion when I got the phone call last spring to “just let me show you our facil­ity”. The call was from the direc­tor of the Stroke and Dis­abil­ity Learn­ing Cen­ter at our local Com­mu­nity Col­lege, and I agreed to a tour.  It wasn’t the beau­ti­ful new facil­ity that hooked me, […]

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Animal Sculpture with Air-Dry Clay

Kids LOVE using clay, maybe more than any other art medium, yet most schools and homes do not have a kiln for fir­ing. If this is your sit­u­a­tion, don’t let this stop you from shar­ing the expe­ri­ence of work­ing with clay with your stu­dents! Cray­ola Air Dry Clay is a good alter­na­tive to the traditional […]

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Art Demo ~ Crayola Model Magic

Here are a few scary (and sadly, out of focus!) mon­sters from a prod­uct demo I did yes­ter­day for Cray­ola, using their Model Magic mod­el­ing mate­r­ial. These imag­i­na­tive crea­tures were cre­ated by an 8 year old boy who couldn’t get enough of this stuff! Before being asked to teach this demo, I always thought Model Magic […]

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