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Surfboard Art by Kids

Surf’s Up! With End-of-the-Year Surfboard Art

The last few days of the school year can be a chal­lenge.… stu­dents are super-excited and their energy level is high! Add in a sub­sti­tute teacher and things could get crazy! So, I was asked to sub for a cou­ple of classes on their last day of Art. I knew I’d need some­thing spe­cial to focus their almost-summer-vacation exuberance! […]

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Keep a sketchbook in the car

The 30 Day Sketchbook Challenge

Kids spend so much time in the car! It’s easy to reach for a dvd or elec­tronic game to fill the time on long trips… or even short errands around town. But why not take a break from tech­nol­ogy and just reach for a sketch­book instead? “Almost all art­work, no mat­ter what the final form, […]

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How to Sharpen Colored Pencils for Limited Breakage

How to Sharpen Colored Pencils

  If you’ve ever been frus­trated by col­ored pen­cils that break as you sharpen them, you’re not alone! Col­ored pen­cils are prone to break­age whether you’re using inex­pen­sive stu­dent grade pen­cils or high qual­ity artist grade pen­cils. Col­ored pen­cils are frag­ile by nature. The core of a col­ored pen­cil is made of pig­ment mixed with either […]

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Student Grade Colored Pencil Comparison Test

A Colored Pencil Test

When it comes to buy­ing art sup­plies for your class­room, how much does your bud­get influ­ence your buy­ing deci­sions? Do you some­times choose your cheap­est option just because, well, it’s the cheap­est? There’s such a range of qual­ity when it comes to stu­dent grade col­ored pen­cils and the dif­fer­ence in price doesn’t always make up […]

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Haiku Tunnel Books Pdf

Haiku Tunnel Books pdf

The newest addi­tion to my TpT store is this pdf based on one of my most pop­u­lar lessons… Haiku Tun­nel Books! A tun­nel book is a three dimen­sional mov­able book that you read by look­ing through it. Orig­i­nally from the mid-18th cen­tury, tun­nel books are now enjoy­ing new pop­u­lar­ity as an art form in their own right. […]

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Sketch Books & Paint Set

Feed Your Creative Soul — with a Sketchbook!

Most art teach­ers I know strug­gle to find time for pur­su­ing their own art­work.… so if that’s you, you’re not alone! Sum­mer­time pro­vides a great oppor­tu­nity for teach­ers to do things they oth­er­wise set aside dur­ing the school year. But if we’re try­ing to teach our stu­dents how impor­tant art is, should we really be […]

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Dense Text Lettering

My inspi­ra­tion for this project came from the won­der­ful book, Hand Let­ter­ing, by Marci Don­ley & DeAnn Singh.  The authors call this tech­nique “Writ­ing Between the Lines”, but I think “Dense Text” describes it bet­ter.  I tried it with my mid­dle school­ers and the results were fan­tas­tic!  You’ll find so many appli­ca­tions for this fun lettering […]

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