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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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Art Hanging System from IKEA

Art Hanging System from IKEA

Par­ents, ever won­der how to dis­play all that won­der­ful art­work your kids bring home at the end of the school year? The mom of one of my stu­dents shared this great idea with me (thank you, Molly Craig!) and it’s so clever I had to pass it along!  She cre­ated a “hall­way gallery”  for her […]

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The Time Timer

Stay on Schedule with the Time Timer

My stu­dents and I LOVE our new Time Timer!  I first learned about the Time Timer on the Art of Edu­ca­tion site.  The Time Timer is a fab­u­lous time man­age­ment tool for any class­room.  It comes in three sizes: 3″, 8″ and 12″.  I pur­chased the 8″ size from for about $20, and it’s […]

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Crayola Markers in plastic bags in a tub

Marker Set Storage

Cray­ola Mark­ers are my go-to prod­uct when I want a les­son with bright col­ors and easy clean-up.  Last year I exper­i­mented with Crayola’s “wash­able” mark­ers and now I’m sold on them!  Most wash­able prod­ucts don’t have the qual­ity I look for, but these are dif­fer­ent.  The col­ors are clean and bright, and my expe­ri­ence has […]

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All You Really Need for Teaching Art to Kids…

Here are my basic sup­plies for teach­ing kids’ art.… most of my lessons use just these sim­ple mate­ri­als. Pic­tured above are the items that I use about 90% of the time, so I try to make sure I always have a good sup­ply on hand. (FYI — I nor­mally use the “Sar­gent” brand of colored […]

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Animal Sculpture with Air-Dry Clay

Kids LOVE using clay, maybe more than any other art medium, yet most schools and homes do not have a kiln for fir­ing. If this is your sit­u­a­tion, don’t let this stop you from shar­ing the expe­ri­ence of work­ing with clay with your stu­dents! Cray­ola Air Dry Clay is a good alter­na­tive to the traditional […]

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