Watercolor – TeachKidsArt http://www.teachkidsart.net a resource for teaching art to kids! Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:17:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sunset Cityscapes http://www.teachkidsart.net/sunset-cityscapes/ Tue, 23 May 2017 20:07:24 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=5046

The examples in this post were done by 1st graders, but older kids will enjoy this, too. “No Rulers Allowed!”…. if you want results that are charming and almost “Seuss-like”! For a typical class that meets for one hour or less, you’ll want to do this project over 2 class periods. Materials: 9×12 watercolor paper (or heavyweight construction […] ]]>
A Heart for Moms…. or Anyone! http://www.teachkidsart.net/a-heart-for-moms-or-anyone/ Thu, 04 May 2017 00:07:54 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=5031

Hearts, flowers, and a handmade touch are things that come to mind when I think of a gift for Mother’s Day. So why not combine all three to show some love to a mom…. your own or another special mom in your life?    My friend Hazel McNab of 366hearts.com is famous for her hearts. She’s […] ]]>
Hearts and Grit http://www.teachkidsart.net/hearts-and-grit/ Mon, 13 Feb 2017 04:36:54 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4998

Four years ago, I wrote a blog post about Hazel McNab, a woman who challenged herself to design a heart to go with an inspiring quote every day for a year. She held herself accountable by posting her journey online. It just so happened it was a Leap Year, hence the name of her blog: 366 Hearts. Well, it’s […] ]]>
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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Art for the Differently-abled http://www.teachkidsart.net/art-for-the-differently-abled/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/art-for-the-differently-abled/#comments Tue, 29 Sep 2015 22:06:30 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4541

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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Illustrations with Surrealism http://www.teachkidsart.net/illustrations-with-surrealism/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/illustrations-with-surrealism/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:33:09 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4217

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 […] ]]>
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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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6 Tips for Watercolor Success with Kids http://www.teachkidsart.net/6-tips-for-watercolor-success-with-kids/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/6-tips-for-watercolor-success-with-kids/#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 19:41:49 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=3391

  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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Day of the Dead – Ofrenda Painting http://www.teachkidsart.net/day-of-the-dead-ofrenda-painting/ Sat, 19 Oct 2013 16:36:01 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=2272

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 […] ]]>