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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Most schools require their teachers to keep a folder of sub plans in their classroom, which is great for that occasional illness or emergency that causes you to be away from school for a few days. But where do you turn when life really gets in the way and your absence extends beyond the contents […]
I’m always on the look-out for creative, new ways to teach my students the “Elements of Art and Principles of Design”. Recently, I attended a bridal shower where we played a memory game.… the “put-a-bunch-of kitchen-stuff-on-a-tray-and-give-each-table-group-a-minute-to-stare-at-it-and-see-how-much-they-can-remember” game. I was struck by how absolutely silent this room full of chatty women became when it was time to […]
SmARTkids is a fine art site created for kids ages 7–12 by the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago. This is a great site for kids and parents to investigate together, or for just turning kids loose to explore and play. Through structured and open-ended activities, kids can look at, think about, […]
Here’s a fun site I just discovered for those of you with lower elementary age students… Mighty Books.com offers animated books for early readers with a variety of themes. Visit the page titled, “Art & Music” for slide shows of paintings by Van Gogh, Renoir or Remington set to the music of great composers, or […]
Are you curious about the art of glass blowing and how it’s actually done? Visit the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for a fun, interactive glass blowing experience for grades 3–5, inspired by master glass artist Dale Chihuly! Then watch this 4 minute video of CBS Early Show news anchor, Erica Hill, as she gets a […]
There are so many ways to be creative with a computer! Here’s a site where you can click and drag to create your very own Picasso-like portrait. This would be a fun activity for students after learning about the real Picasso! Be sure to check out this site’s “gallery” to see the fun others have […]
Hi! I'm Cheryl, and I'm a big fan of kids' artwork! For the last 20+ years, I've had the privilege of teaching art to kids from kindergarten through high school.... in public, private, charter, and homeschool settings. Now I'm focusing on mentoring other teachers through demos, workshops, and sharing lessons and more on my blog. I have a degree in art and an art ed credential, but I've learned that you don't need to be an "artist" or have an art background yourself to teach art to kids. All you need are good lessons to follow (like following a recipe) and the willingness to have fun! Over the years, I’ve developed hundreds of successful, classroom-tested art lessons for kids, and all the tips, methods, and strategies to go along with them! My passion now is to make all this available to classroom teachers, homeschool teachers, parents, and grandparents.… to anyone who wants to share the joy of ART with the kids in their life!
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