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Serious Care for Your Art Room Brushes

How to Care for Your Art Room Brushes






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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Valentine Color Mixing - Paint 100 Hearts!

Valentine Color Mixing – Paint 100 Hearts!






With Valentines Day (and the ‘100th Day of School’) just around the corner, I thought I’d post this heart-themed version of my ‘Mixing 100 Colors’ lesson! Mixing the colors and then painting hearts requires a little longer attention span, so I’ve found that 4th grade and up does best with this version. But younger students […]






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"Take Care of Your Brushes and Your Paints"... For a printable pdf visit: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/No-More-Bad-Hair-Days-for-Your-Paintbrush-1246706

How to Ruin a Paintbrush in One Simple Step






Watercolor or tempera paint in cake form offers lots of advantages for elementary students. But this kind of paint can also be hard on brushes! When younger students are used to painting with liquid watercolors or liquid tempera, they often forget to add water to their paint when they switch to working with cake-style colors. Then, they compensate for this […]






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Monoprint "Dot"

Monoprint Mandalas






International Dot Day, and one of my all-time favorite books, “The Dot” by Peter Reynolds, were my inspiration for this lesson! I wanted to come up with a new way to make a series of quick, colorful, one-of-a-kind “dots” that could be completed in one class session. With mono­prints, only one print can be made from each […]






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102 year old woman painting!

Volunteering as an Art Educator






Opportunities abound for volunteering as an Art Educator! If you’ve got a little extra free time this summer, why not take advantage of this chance to share your expertise with others in your community? This summer, I’m teaching Art classes for the elderly residents at a local retirement home…. a completely new experience for me! […]






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Color Wheel with Primary, Secondary, Intermediate and Tertiary Colors

Create Your Own Color Wheel






Why purchase pre-mixed paint colors when students can learn to mix their own colors for more variety and more interesting results?  Making a color wheel teaches students how to mix the colors they want while learning the basics of color theory! You will need: Paper plates, 2 per student (one for a palette, one for […]






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Pencil tracing of a shadow on paper on the grass

Shadow Tracing






Shadow tracing is a great way to get outside on a bright sunny day, explore positive and negative space, and have some fun with color at the same time.  Shadow tracing is low stress for students (2nd grade and up) and has minimal prep for teachers. Students can usually finish one of these paintings in […]






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