Markers / Pen and Ink – TeachKidsArt http://www.teachkidsart.net a resource for teaching art to kids! Sun, 31 Dec 2017 04:33:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Book Review: Drawing Cartoons Letter By Letter by Christopher Hart http://www.teachkidsart.net/book-review-drawing-cartoons-letter-by-letter-by-christopher-hart/ Thu, 05 Oct 2017 03:09:35 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=5146

Drawing Cartoons Letter by Letter is the latest in a series of learn-to-draw books by Christopher Hart. I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review, so here it is! The concept of using a letter or number as the framework for beginning a drawing is not new. In fact, I already had […] ]]>
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 […] ]]>
No-Measure Mandala on Aluminum Foil http://www.teachkidsart.net/no-measure-mandala-on-aluminum-foil/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/no-measure-mandala-on-aluminum-foil/#comments Sat, 12 Nov 2016 07:06:23 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4935

Exciting news!! I’m  honored to be a contributor in Kathy Barbro’s new book, Sharpie Art Workshop for Kids. Kathy writes the popular blog, Art Projects for Kids.  It was Kathy’s blog that first inspired me to start my own kids’ art blog many years ago, so that makes this even more exciting for me! You can order Kathy’s […] ]]>
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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 […] ]]>
Giving Back with Art http://www.teachkidsart.net/giving-back-with-art/ Fri, 05 Feb 2016 22:58:16 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4700

Have you ever been inspired to ‘give back’ to your community as a way to say “thank you” to those who helped you through a difficult time? I was touched by the story of Dan and Janean Toone, who started Young at Art in response to the care that their young grandson received while spending […] ]]>
Gratefulness Rocks http://www.teachkidsart.net/gratefulness-rocks/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/gratefulness-rocks/#comments Sat, 21 Nov 2015 03:26:22 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4637

The Thanksgiving holiday seems to bring out the best in people, as we focus on family, friends, serving others, and gratefulness. Sharing what we’re thankful for is central to our Thanksgiving tradition, and to this project sponsored by Elmer’s!  Gratefulness Rocks are a fun way for the whole family to share what’s most important while creating […] ]]>
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Prevent Summer Learning Loss with a ‘Retro’ Flash Card Flipper http://www.teachkidsart.net/prevent-summer-learning-loss-with-a-retro-flash-card-flipper/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/prevent-summer-learning-loss-with-a-retro-flash-card-flipper/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:23:01 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4370

‘Summer Learning Loss’, or ‘Summer Slide’ as it’s also known, is not just an issue for ‘at risk’ students. All students need to practice their academic skills to keep from falling behind over summer vacation. The year I taught 2nd grade I experienced firsthand how much students can forget over the summer. We wasted much valuable […] ]]>
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Surf’s Up! With End-of-the-Year Surfboard Art http://www.teachkidsart.net/surfs-up-with-end-of-the-year-surfboard-art/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/surfs-up-with-end-of-the-year-surfboard-art/#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:33:19 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=3550

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 […] ]]>
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The 30 Day Sketchbook Challenge http://www.teachkidsart.net/the-30-day-sketchbook-challenge/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/the-30-day-sketchbook-challenge/#comments Tue, 27 May 2014 20:08:19 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=3534

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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Christmas in July! Folded Paper Stars with Symmetry http://www.teachkidsart.net/christmas-in-july-folded-paper-stars/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/christmas-in-july-folded-paper-stars/#comments Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:08:05 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=2104

These hanging stars are a hit year after year with my 4th graders. You can make these in any size you want…. the size of the squares you start with will determine the size of your finished stars. (When I teach this lesson, I use 12″ squares in two different colors to demonstrate the folding and gluing […] ]]>
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