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Learn Art History (and lots more!) for FREE with Khan Academy

Learn Art History with the Khan Academy

You only have to know one thing: You can learn any­thing.” That’s the motto of the Khan Acad­emy! If you’re not famil­iar with the Khan Acad­emy, and you have an inter­est in Art His­tory (for any rea­son — whether you’re a par­ent, stu­dent, teacher, or life­long learner) you’ll be amazed by the edu­ca­tion that’s avail­able to you for free! […]

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Haiku Tunnel Books Pdf

Haiku Tunnel Books pdf

The newest addi­tion to my TpT store is this pdf based on one of my most pop­u­lar lessons… Haiku Tun­nel Books! A tun­nel book is a three dimen­sional mov­able book that you read by look­ing through it. Orig­i­nally from the mid-18th cen­tury, tun­nel books are now enjoy­ing new pop­u­lar­ity as an art form in their own right. […]

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Berry Thumbprint People Cartoon

How Full Is Your Bucket?

The books that inspired this les­son have noth­ing to do with art, and the illus­tra­tions were not what attracted me! What I LOVE about these books is their mes­sage. And what bet­ter way to drive home a great mes­sage than with a fun art les­son??! Inspired by a bul­ly­ing episode at my school, I saw […]

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Kindergarten art inspired by Dr. Seuss

How to Create Your Own Art Lessons Inspired by Children’s Books

If you love kids’ art, you’ve prob­a­bly had the expe­ri­ence of being totally charmed and inspired by a book writ­ten and illus­trated for kids!  And chances are, the book that cap­tured your atten­tion will have the same effect on your stu­dents… espe­cially when your enthu­si­asm shines through!  Why not cap­i­tal­ize on the won­der and magic […]

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Dense Text Lettering

My inspi­ra­tion for this project came from the won­der­ful book, Hand Let­ter­ing, by Marci Don­ley & DeAnn Singh.  The authors call this tech­nique “Writ­ing Between the Lines”, but I think “Dense Text” describes it bet­ter.  I tried it with my mid­dle school­ers and the results were fan­tas­tic!  You’ll find so many appli­ca­tions for this fun lettering […]

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Elements of Art” Memory Game

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 […]

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Make a Value Scale

Under­stand­ing value, or the use of light and dark,  is an impor­tant fac­tor in cre­at­ing suc­cess­ful draw­ings and paint­ings.  Cre­at­ing a “value scale” of their own was a great way for my mid­dle school stu­dents to get the feel for includ­ing the full range of val­ues before start­ing a major draw­ing project.  I cre­ated my […]

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