Middle School Art – TeachKidsArt http://www.teachkidsart.net a resource for teaching art to kids! Sun, 31 Dec 2017 04:33:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Scholastic Art Giveaway http://www.teachkidsart.net/scholastic-art-giveaway/ Tue, 08 Aug 2017 01:45:31 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=5101

When the editor of Scholastic Art contacted me about reviewing their magazine on my blog and hosting a giveaway, I jumped at the chance! Scholastic Art has a special place in my heart. As a high school senior, I was chosen to receive a Scholastic Art Scholarship to an art school in Boston. Even though […] ]]>
Unwind with a Ceramic “Feeling Sculpture” http://www.teachkidsart.net/unwind-with-a-ceramic-feeling-sculpture/ Tue, 18 Oct 2016 03:35:52 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4912

This may be the most relaxing clay project you’ll ever do. My students loved it so much, they asked to do it again!  Credit for this awesome project goes to my daughter’s high school Ceramics teacher, Mr. Emery. He challenged his students to form the clay with their eyes closed (!), but I made that optional for […] ]]>
Kaleidoscope Lettering – New & Improved! http://www.teachkidsart.net/kaleidoscope-lettering-new-improved/ Sat, 18 Jun 2016 01:07:01 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4836

While I love creating new art projects to keep things fresh and interesting, some of the older projects are just so good, they’re worth repeating year after year…. which also gives me the chance to keep improving them! Kaleidoscope Lettering is one of those projects! It uses the concepts of bilateral (reflective) symmetry, tessellation, and positive/negative space to transform names, initials, or inspiring words into unique […] ]]>
A Podcast Just for Art Teachers http://www.teachkidsart.net/a-podcast-just-for-art-teachers/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/a-podcast-just-for-art-teachers/#comments Wed, 02 Mar 2016 06:19:15 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4736

When I discover something new that I really love, I have to share it! Whether it’s my new YETI tumbler that keeps my tea hot (or cold) all day or my Pentel Water Brush that I’m currently having a blast with, I tell everyone. There’s just something in me that has to share good things with others. […] ]]>
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Beachball Scavenger Hunt with the Elements of Art & Principles of Design http://www.teachkidsart.net/beachball-scavenger-hunt-with-the-elements-of-art-principles-of-design/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/beachball-scavenger-hunt-with-the-elements-of-art-principles-of-design/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 05:13:07 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4239

Helping kids learn the Elements of Art & Principles of Design is easy when you make a game of it! This activity is adaptable across a wide range of ages… I’ve used it from 1st grade through high school by customizing my questions or directives for the students I’m using it with. Whether you have just a few […] ]]>
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Illustrations with Surrealism http://www.teachkidsart.net/illustrations-with-surrealism/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/illustrations-with-surrealism/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:33:09 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4217

What better way to celebrate April Fool’s Day than with an image of Salvadore Dali caught in the act of pulling a prank??! Surrealism is a cultural, artistic, and literary movement which began in the early 1920’s. Founded by French writer and poet Andre Breton as a ‘revolutionary movement’, Surrealism is probably best known as […] ]]>
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Learn Art History with the Khan Academy http://www.teachkidsart.net/learn-art-history-with-the-khan-academy/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/learn-art-history-with-the-khan-academy/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 21:32:06 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=3736

“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 http://www.teachkidsart.net/haiku-tunnel-books-pdf/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/haiku-tunnel-books-pdf/#comments Sat, 05 Apr 2014 05:23:06 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=3129

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 […] ]]>
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How Full Is Your Bucket? http://www.teachkidsart.net/how-full-is-your-bucket/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/how-full-is-your-bucket/#comments Mon, 22 Apr 2013 20:20:11 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=1810

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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How to Create Your Own Art Lessons Inspired by Children’s Books http://www.teachkidsart.net/how-to-create-your-own-art-lessons-inspired-by-childrens-books/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/how-to-create-your-own-art-lessons-inspired-by-childrens-books/#comments Fri, 05 Apr 2013 21:53:26 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=1788

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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