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Art for the Differently-abled

Art for the Differently-abled

I wasn’t look­ing for a new teach­ing posi­tion when I got the phone call last spring to “just let me show you our facil­ity”. The call was from the direc­tor of the Stroke and Dis­abil­ity Learn­ing Cen­ter at our local Com­mu­nity Col­lege, and I agreed to a tour.  It wasn’t the beau­ti­ful new facil­ity that hooked me, […]

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"Dali Being Devious" by Hannah Rothstein

Illustrations with Surrealism

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 a […]

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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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6 Tips for Watercolor Success with Kids

6 Tips for Watercolor Success with Kids

  Water­color is a great medium for kids! It’s afford­able, mixes well, cleans up quickly, and (usu­ally) doesn’t stain cloth­ing. Here are six tips to help you and your younger stu­dents find suc­cess when learn­ing to work with this clas­sic medium:  Choose a good qual­ity stu­dent paint. Good qual­ity doesn’t have to mean expen­sive! Before buy­ing a class set […]

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Colorful Ofrenda Skeletons

Day of the Dead — Ofrenda Painting

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 […]

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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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366 Hearts on Facebook

366 Hearts

If you’re look­ing for inspi­ra­tion for Valentine’s Day, look no fur­ther than 366 Hearts!  I just learned of this project and stayed up half the night being inspired with new ideas to try. You’ll find cre­ative hearts com­bined with mean­ing­ful quotes for every day of the year. Tal­ented artist, Hazel McNab, has chal­lenged her­self to cre­ate a new heart […]

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