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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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6 Tips for Watercolor Success with Kids

6 Tips for Watercolor Success with Kids

  Water­color is a great medium for kids! It’s afford­able, mixes well, cleans up quickly, and (usu­ally) doesn’t stain cloth­ing. Here are six tips to help you and your younger stu­dents find suc­cess when learn­ing to work with this clas­sic medium:  Choose a good qual­ity stu­dent paint. Good qual­ity doesn’t have to mean expen­sive! Before buy­ing a class set […]

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How to Sharpen Colored Pencils for Limited Breakage

How to Sharpen Colored Pencils

  If you’ve ever been frus­trated by col­ored pen­cils that break as you sharpen them, you’re not alone! Col­ored pen­cils are prone to break­age whether you’re using inex­pen­sive stu­dent grade pen­cils or high qual­ity artist grade pen­cils. Col­ored pen­cils are frag­ile by nature. The core of a col­ored pen­cil is made of pig­ment mixed with either […]

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Student Grade Colored Pencil Comparison Test

A Colored Pencil Test

When it comes to buy­ing art sup­plies for your class­room, how much does your bud­get influ­ence your buy­ing deci­sions? Do you some­times choose your cheap­est option just because, well, it’s the cheap­est? There’s such a range of qual­ity when it comes to stu­dent grade col­ored pen­cils and the dif­fer­ence in price doesn’t always make up […]

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Monoprint made with a Gelli plate

How to Make a Gelli Print

Gelli plates are a quick, easy, and FUN way to make the most amaz­ing mono­prints. Once you expe­ri­ence this process for your­self, you’ll be addicted — like me! Just fol­low these sim­ple steps to make your own unique Gelli prints.… You’ll need: Gelli plate (avail­able in 6x6, 8x10, 12x14, and an 8″ cir­cle) Acrylic paints (stu­dent or even […]

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Monoprints made with a Gelli Arts gel printing plate

Making Monoprints with a Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate

I recently dis­cov­ered a new prod­uct that I’ve become obsessed with… the Gelli Arts Gel Print­ing Plate. I’ve always loved mono­print­ing, but Gelli Plates take this art form to a whole new level. Print­mak­ing with a Gelli Plate is sim­i­lar to gelatin print­ing, but the plate itself is much more durable, it’s reusable, you can store […]

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