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K Portfolios – a Purple Crayon Adventure!

I’ve always loved books, so I love to start the school year off by reading an art-related story to each of my classes. My favorite “art story” for Kindergarten is Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. This classic children’s tale was first published in 1955 and has been hugely popular ever since. It […]

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Rorschach Creatures

This is a favorite lesson I do with Kindergarten every fall. They love the surprise of opening their papers to reveal colorful designs and the fun of using their imaginations to “discover” unique creatures! I do this lesson in two parts, to give the paint time to dry before adding details with marker. 1. Fold […]

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Duplication Exercise

Train your students to notice details and “see like artists” with this fun activity! In her classic drawing books, Drawing with Children and Drawing for Older Children and Teens, art teacher and author Mona Brookes offers an engaging way to practice seeing and drawing using her “Duplication Exercise”. This activity is completely adaptable to any […]

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“Ish”

This is one of my all-time favorite “art-story books” to read to my students! Beginning as early as 2nd or 3rd grade for some students, perfectionism can set in and give them the mistaken idea that their art needs to look like a photograph in order to be “good”. Of course, these students are the […]

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Paper Trivia

I learned an interesting bit of trivia the other day while preparing for a lesson in the art of Japanese Paper Folding, a.k.a. “Origami”. This may not change your life, but it does make a great conversation starter and I guarantee your students will not be willing to just take your word for it! So, […]

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“What If We Treated Driving Like We Treat the Arts?”

I’d like to share an excerpt from a great book, “The Creative License” by Danny Gregory. This is a book about giving yourself permission to be creative, recommended to me by my friend, cartoonist Bridgett Spicer, one of the most creative people I know! I first read this book about two years ago (I underlined […]

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