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How to Hold a Pencil - a Simple Technique for Teaching the Tripod Grip

How to Hold a Pencil 101

In draw­ing, as in writ­ing, how you hold your pen­cil makes a dif­fer­ence! Over the years, I’ve seen some really unusual ways of hold­ing a pen­cil. Many stu­dents arrive in Kinder­garten with habits already formed that look awk­ward at best, if not painfully uncom­fort­able. No won­der some kids have trou­ble with writ­ing and draw­ing! These […]

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In my early days of teach­ing art, School Arts mag­a­zine was my go-to source for art les­son inspi­ra­tion and the best way to keep up with what was new in art edu­ca­tion. Then I dis­cov­ered Arts & Activ­i­ties mag­a­zine, and I just couldn’t believe my luck at hav­ing access to so much great infor­ma­tion just for art teach­ers! Well, that […]

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Echo Drawing on TpT

Learning to Draw with “Echo Drawing”

Draw­ing is a vital skill for becom­ing visual com­mu­ni­ca­tors at home, at school, and at work. This is not about hav­ing nat­ural tal­ent or artis­tic abil­ity.… any­one can learn to draw! Draw­ing is all about look­ing care­fully at things and see­ing the rela­tion­ships between lines and shapes, and gra­da­tions of light and dark. We call […]

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Evernote for the Art Teacher

Evernote: Digital Organization for the Art Teacher!

Sum­mer is a great time to tackle some­thing you’ve been want­ing to do all year, but haven’t had time for.… like get­ting orga­nized! When asked, most peo­ple would say that they’d like to be more orga­nized. And get­ting orga­nized can be espe­cially chal­leng­ing for us right-brained, cre­ative peo­ple! We need a sys­tem for keep­ing track of all the notes, ideas, […]

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Keep a sketchbook in the car

The 30 Day Sketchbook Challenge

Kids spend so much time in the car! It’s easy to reach for a dvd or elec­tronic game to fill the time on long trips… or even short errands around town. But why not take a break from tech­nol­ogy and just reach for a sketch­book instead? “Almost all art­work, no mat­ter what the final form, […]

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The Art of Ed Summer Online Conference 2014

Summer Online Art Ed Conference

The Art of Edu­ca­tion is host­ing their next online art ed con­fer­ence on July 17th and you won’t want to miss it! If you’ve attended one of their pre­vi­ous con­fer­ences, you know how fun and inspir­ing these are! This is where over 20 thought-leaders in art edu­ca­tion deliver fast-paced, 10 minute “TED Talk” style pre­sen­ta­tions, full of practical […]

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"Take Care of Your Brushes and Your Paints"... For a printable pdf visit: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/No-More-Bad-Hair-Days-for-Your-Paintbrush-1246706

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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