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Gratefulness Rocks by Teach Kids Art

Gratefulness Rocks

The Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day seems to bring out the best in peo­ple, as we focus on fam­ily, friends, serv­ing oth­ers, and grate­ful­ness. Shar­ing what we’re thank­ful for is cen­tral to our Thanks­giv­ing tra­di­tion, and to this project spon­sored by Elmer’s!  Grate­ful­ness Rocks are a fun way for the whole fam­ily to share what’s most impor­tant while creating […]

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The Cure for Dry Hands!

The Cure for Dry Hands!

We art teach­ers prob­a­bly wash our hands as often as doc­tors! When you com­bine this fre­quent hand-washing with cold win­ter weather, and what­ever medium we’ve cur­rently got our hands in, it takes a nasty toll on our skin. After so many years of try­ing dif­fer­ent lotions and still hav­ing rough, dry hands, I had all but resigned myself […]

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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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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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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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