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Sharpen Pencils Fast with the iPoint Ball Sharpener

My New Favorite Pencil Sharpener

Usu­ally, I sharpen pen­cils as needed, a few at a time, and don’t think much about it. But this morn­ing I sat star­ing at 9 dozen brand new pen­cils I needed for a work­shop I’m teach­ing. I found myself pro­cras­ti­nat­ing this sim­ple task all week, just due to the sheer num­ber of them. But once I got going, I […]

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Recycled Assemblage Sculptures Inspired by Louis Nevelson

Recycled Assemblage Sculptures Inspired by Louise Nevelson

Louise Nevel­son (1899–1988) was one of the most impor­tant sculp­tors of the 20th cen­tury. Born in Rus­sia, she emi­grated with her fam­ily to the United States in 1905. Her unique artis­tic style was influ­enced by the cubist move­ment, co-founded by Pablo Picasso, and the found object sculp­tures of Mar­cel Duchamp. Call­ing her­self “the orig­i­nal recy­cler”, Nevel­son is most […]

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4 Easy Ways to Sharpen Your Scissors

4 Easy Ways to Sharpen Your Scissors

Scis­sors in the art room can get dull fast, with being shared by so many stu­dents, and cut­ting who-knows-what! But sharp­en­ing your inex­pen­sive class­room scis­sors is easy to do and can add new life to dull scis­sors that you might oth­er­wise just toss and replace. And the best part is that you prob­a­bly already have all you […]

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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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Free Digital Art Ed Magazines

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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