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Echo Drawing on TpT

Learning to Draw with “Echo Drawing”

Draw­ing is a vital skill for becom­ing visual com­mu­ni­ca­tors at home, at school, and at work. This is not about hav­ing nat­ural tal­ent or artis­tic abil­ity.… any­one can learn to draw! Draw­ing is all about look­ing care­fully at things and see­ing the rela­tion­ships between lines and shapes, and gra­da­tions of light and dark. We call […]

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Surfboard Art

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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Drawing circles with a light touch

Learning to “Draw with a Light Touch”

Jan­u­ary is the month for New Year’s Res­o­lu­tions.… for exam­in­ing our habits and think­ing about changes we should make. Kids hear adults talk­ing about this so it’s not a new idea to them. This means we can seize this oppor­tu­nity to talk with stu­dents about their own habits that may not be serv­ing them well and […]

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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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Make a Value Scale

Under­stand­ing value, or the use of light and dark,  is an impor­tant fac­tor in cre­at­ing suc­cess­ful draw­ings and paint­ings.  Cre­at­ing a “value scale” of their own was a great way for my mid­dle school stu­dents to get the feel for includ­ing the full range of val­ues before start­ing a major draw­ing project.  I cre­ated my […]

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Visual Texture

This activ­ity is great prac­tice for learn­ing to see val­ues (lights and darks) and dupli­cate them in your draw­ings. Younger stu­dents may only have the patience to do two or three of these, while older stu­dents may want to do sev­eral more. Make sure you use the same pen­cil and the same paper for both […]

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