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Sharpen Pencils Fast with the iPoint Ball Sharpener

My New Favorite Pencil Sharpener

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 […]

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Watch this 5 minute TED Talk for some truly compelling art advocacy!

Why Everyone Can (and Should!)… Learn to Draw

Explain­ing the impor­tance of learn­ing to draw to art edu­ca­tors is like preach­ing to the choir. We already believe! Yet we all have peo­ple around us, school admin­is­tra­tors, par­ents, and even stu­dents, who don’t share our enthu­si­asm. We need to be proac­tive in our art advo­cacy if we’re to avoid hav­ing to defend our programs […]

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Prevent Summer Learning Loss with a 'Retro' Flash Card Flipper!

Prevent Summer Learning Loss with a ‘Retro’ Flash Card Flipper

Sum­mer Learn­ing Loss’, or ‘Sum­mer Slide’ as it’s also known, is not just an issue for ‘at risk’ stu­dents. All stu­dents need to prac­tice their aca­d­e­mic skills to keep from falling behind over sum­mer vaca­tion. The year I taught 2nd grade I expe­ri­enced first­hand how much stu­dents can for­get over the sum­mer. We wasted much valuable […]

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20 Interesting Facts about the Sistine Chapel

20 Interesting Facts about the Sistine Chapel

If you’re read­ing this post, you’re prob­a­bly a per­son who enjoys learn­ing about art and the artists who cre­ate it. Yet we all know peo­ple who don’t share this inter­est, and may even find art his­tory to be dry and bor­ing (gasp!). Well, art his­tory is any­thing but dry and bor­ing if you know the sto­ries behind the paint­ings! From DaVinci’s Mona Lisa […]

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Confessions of an Art Ed Snob, Part 1: Cookie Cutter Art

Confessions of an Art Ed Snob, Part One: Cookie Cutter Art

A while back, a fam­ily emer­gency led me to take (what I thought would be) a tem­po­rary leave of absence from my K-8 Art posi­tion. A change like this can offer you a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive and teach you some sur­pris­ing things. I never imag­ined all I’d learn about teach­ing by not teach­ing! But this time away from the class­room gave me some much needed […]

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Make a Leaf Collage inspired by 'Look What I Did with a Leaf' by Morteza E. Sohi

Make a Leaf Collage

Now that summer’s here, how do you keep your kids learn­ing, cre­at­ing, and spend­ing more time out­doors than in front of a screen? One way is with this inspir­ing lit­tle book, “Look What I Did with a Leaf!” by Morteza E. Sohi. This is not so much a read-aloud type of book that you would share […]

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Beachball designed for "Elements of Art Scavenger Hunt" for Grades 1 & 2

Beachball Scavenger Hunt with the Elements of Art & Principles of Design

Help­ing kids learn the Ele­ments of Art & Prin­ci­ples of Design is easy when you make a game of it! This activ­ity is adapt­able across a wide range of ages… I’ve used it from 1st grade through high school by cus­tomiz­ing my ques­tions or direc­tives for the stu­dents I’m using it with. Whether you have just a few minutes […]

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