Pencil – TeachKidsArt a resource for teaching art to kids! Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:27:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Book Review: Drawing Cartoons Letter By Letter by Christopher Hart Thu, 05 Oct 2017 03:09:35 +0000

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 […] ]]>
My New Favorite Pencil Sharpener Sun, 23 Aug 2015 04:38:51 +0000

Usually, I sharpen pencils as needed, a few at a time, and don’t think much about it. But this morning I sat staring at 9 dozen brand new pencils I needed for a workshop I’m teaching. I found myself procrastinating this simple task all week, just due to the sheer number of them. But once I got going, I […] ]]> 1
Illustrations with Surrealism Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:33:09 +0000

What better way to celebrate April Fool’s Day than with an image of Salvadore Dali caught in the act of pulling a prank??! Surrealism is a cultural, artistic, and literary movement which began in the early 1920’s. Founded by French writer and poet Andre Breton as a ‘revolutionary movement’, Surrealism is probably best known as […] ]]> 1
How to Hold a Pencil 101 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:16:24 +0000

In drawing, as in writing, how you hold your pencil makes a difference! Over the years, I’ve seen some really unusual ways of holding a pencil. Many students arrive in Kindergarten with habits already formed that look awkward at best, if not painfully uncomfortable. No wonder some kids have trouble with writing and drawing! These […] ]]> 3
Art with Math – Draw a Simple Soccer Ball Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:16:20 +0000

What do you get when you combine geometry, art, and soccer?? A winning art lesson, that’s what! All the excitement of the World Cup this summer inspired me to come up with a creative way to teach kids how to draw a soccer ball. I was determined to develop a method that would be easy to teach and easy to learn, […] ]]> 4
Learning to Draw with “Echo Drawing” Sat, 05 Jul 2014 22:09:23 +0000

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 […] ]]> 7
Surf’s Up! With End-of-the-Year Surfboard Art Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:33:19 +0000

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 […] ]]> 1
The 30 Day Sketchbook Challenge Tue, 27 May 2014 20:08:19 +0000

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, […] ]]> 1
Learning to “Draw with a Light Touch” Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:58:38 +0000

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 […] ]]> 7
Feed Your Creative Soul – with a Sketchbook! Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:36:43 +0000

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 […] ]]> 6