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Giving Back with Art

Have you ever been inspired to ‘give back’ to your community as a way to say “thank you” to those who helped you through a difficult time? I was touched by the story of Dan and Janean Toone, who started Young at Art in response to the care that their young grandson received while spending […]

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Origami Flower Balls

Origami Flower Balls

The Japanese art of origami always seems like a fitting thing to do at Christmas. It’s peaceful and calming, almost meditative to work on, and it makes a beautiful decoration when finished!  As with many origami projects, this unique hanging ornament looks much more difficult than it is. It’s really just the same simple sequence repeated over and over […]

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Gratefulness Rocks by Teach Kids Art

Gratefulness Rocks

The Thanksgiving holiday seems to bring out the best in people, as we focus on family, friends, serving others, and gratefulness. Sharing what we’re thankful for is central to our Thanksgiving tradition, and to this project sponsored by Elmer’s!  Gratefulness Rocks are a fun way for the whole family to share what’s most important while creating […]

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The Cure for Dry Hands!

The Cure for Dry Hands!

We art teachers probably wash our hands as often as doctors! When you combine this frequent hand-washing with cold winter weather, and whatever medium we’ve currently got our hands in, it takes a nasty toll on our skin. After so many years of trying different lotions and still having rough, dry hands, I had all but resigned myself […]

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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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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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