Mixed Media – TeachKidsArt http://www.teachkidsart.net a resource for teaching art to kids! Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:27:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sunset Cityscapes http://www.teachkidsart.net/sunset-cityscapes/ Tue, 23 May 2017 20:07:24 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=5046

The examples in this post were done by 1st graders, but older kids will enjoy this, too. “No Rulers Allowed!”…. if you want results that are charming and almost “Seuss-like”! For a typical class that meets for one hour or less, you’ll want to do this project over 2 class periods. Materials: 9×12 watercolor paper (or heavyweight construction […] ]]>
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 […] ]]>
How to Care for Your Art Room Brushes http://www.teachkidsart.net/how-to-care-for-your-art-room-brushes/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/how-to-care-for-your-art-room-brushes/#comments Sun, 03 Apr 2016 01:39:47 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4781

Let’s face it, art room brushes take a beating. But don’t throw them away – rejuvenate them instead!  I used to think “The Masters” Brush Cleaner and Preserver was only for my expensive art brushes at home. Somehow the brushes in my classroom didn’t seem ‘worthy’. How crazy is that?! Now that I’ve started using […] ]]>
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Recycled Assemblage Sculptures Inspired by Louise Nevelson http://www.teachkidsart.net/recycled-assemblage-sculptures-inspired-by-louise-nevelson/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/recycled-assemblage-sculptures-inspired-by-louise-nevelson/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:38:33 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4190

Louise Nevelson (1899-1988) was one of the most important sculptors of the 20th century. Born in Russia, she emigrated with her family to the United States in 1905. Her unique artistic style was influenced by the cubist movement, co-founded by Pablo Picasso, and the found object sculptures of Marcel Duchamp. Calling herself “the original recycler”, Nevelson is most […] ]]>
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7 Tips for Successful Student Art Displays http://www.teachkidsart.net/7-tips-for-successful-student-art-displays/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/7-tips-for-successful-student-art-displays/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:11:36 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=3806

Displaying student art throughout the year, and not only at your end-of-the-year art show, pays dividends in so many ways. From promoting your program to building student pride and self-esteem, it’s worth the time and effort it takes to show off the wonderful art that your students are creating! Look for spaces to display student work not only in […] ]]>
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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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Day of the Dead – Ofrenda Painting http://www.teachkidsart.net/day-of-the-dead-ofrenda-painting/ Sat, 19 Oct 2013 16:36:01 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=2272

The popular Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead (or Dia de Los Muertos), gives us many opportunities for colorful art lessons combined with learning about another culture! True confession time…. when I moved from a small town in upstate New York to go to college in California, I had no idea what Day of the Dead was…. I […] ]]>
Feed Your Creative Soul – with a Sketchbook! http://www.teachkidsart.net/feed-your-creative-soul-with-a-sketchbook/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/feed-your-creative-soul-with-a-sketchbook/#comments Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:36:43 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=1938

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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Masterpiece Mosaics: a Collaborative Art Project for Grades K – 8 http://www.teachkidsart.net/masterpiece-mosaics/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/masterpiece-mosaics/#comments Thu, 29 Nov 2012 05:54:06 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=1531

These colorful projects, which I call “Masterpiece Mosaics”, were a collaborative effort by my students in grades K through middle school. Each grade level created their own copy of a famous painting – six masterpieces in all, on display now through Christmas at our local art store. These were really pretty easy to do, and […] ]]>
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Basic Collage with Positive and Negative Shapes http://www.teachkidsart.net/basic-collage-with-positive-and-negative-shapes/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/basic-collage-with-positive-and-negative-shapes/#comments Fri, 26 Oct 2012 03:47:43 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=1340

I do this project with my first graders every year to help them understand the concept of positive and negative shapes.  This project also teaches symmetry and offers important practice in cutting on a fold and applying glue.  First graders are often surprised by the shapes they see when they unfold their papers – they […] ]]>
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