Tempera – TeachKidsArt http://www.teachkidsart.net a resource for teaching art to kids! Sun, 31 Dec 2017 04:33:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Great Tertiary Color Debate http://www.teachkidsart.net/the-great-tertiary-color-debate/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/the-great-tertiary-color-debate/#comments Sat, 01 Oct 2016 18:19:03 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4887

The internet…. that great supplier of information at your fingertips, making it fast and easy to find answers and share them with the world! But what if those answers being shared are incorrect??  Vladimir Lenin once said, “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” (Hmmmm….. did Lenin really say that, or has it just been credited […] ]]>
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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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Valentine Color Mixing – Paint 100 Hearts! http://www.teachkidsart.net/valentine-color-mixing-paint-100-hearts/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/valentine-color-mixing-paint-100-hearts/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 04:11:35 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=3951

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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How to Ruin a Paintbrush in One Simple Step http://www.teachkidsart.net/how-to-ruin-a-paintbrush-in-one-simple-step/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/how-to-ruin-a-paintbrush-in-one-simple-step/#comments Thu, 15 May 2014 23:46:59 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=3507

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 Mandalas http://www.teachkidsart.net/monoprint-mandalas/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/monoprint-mandalas/#comments Sun, 22 Sep 2013 21:01:02 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=2237

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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Volunteering as an Art Educator http://www.teachkidsart.net/volunteering-as-an-art-educator/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/volunteering-as-an-art-educator/#comments Fri, 12 Jul 2013 21:49:43 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=1932

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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Create Your Own Color Wheel http://www.teachkidsart.net/create-your-own-color-wheel-2/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/create-your-own-color-wheel-2/#comments Tue, 21 May 2013 04:13:22 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=1865

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! For a printable 7 page pdf of this project (including my color wheel template), […] ]]>
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Shadow Tracing http://www.teachkidsart.net/shadow-tracing-2/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/shadow-tracing-2/#comments Tue, 10 Jul 2012 19:08:19 +0000 http://biz123.inmotionhosting.com/~teachk5/?p=299

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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Painting with Impressionism – “After Monet” http://www.teachkidsart.net/painting-with-impressionism-after-monet/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/painting-with-impressionism-after-monet/#comments Sat, 19 May 2012 04:16:00 +0000 http://biz123.inmotionhosting.com/~teachk5/2012/05/painting-with-impressionism-after-monet.html

We began our lesson by looking at examples of Monet’s paintings in an old Monet art calendar.  I chose his painting of Antibes for us to “copy” and hung it up where everyone could see it.  Then I explained to my 1st graders that art students sometimes copy a famous painting in order to learn […] ]]>
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Blossoming “Popcorn Trees” http://www.teachkidsart.net/blossoming-popcorn-trees/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/blossoming-popcorn-trees/#comments Mon, 12 Mar 2012 19:06:00 +0000 http://biz123.inmotionhosting.com/~teachk5/2012/03/blossoming-popcorn-trees.html

Spring has sprung, and to celebrate, our Kinders painted trees blossoming with flowers made of popcorn!  This lesson reinforces the color mixing skills we’ve been working on all year, as well as teaches a basic technique for drawing/painting trees.  Adding popcorn also gives the opportunity to talk about the concept of “mixed media”.  And who […] ]]>
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