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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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3 Tips for Keeping Colds & Flu Out of the Classroom

3 Tips for Keeping Colds and Flu Out of the Classroom

-+*The cold and flu sea­son has hit with a vengeance this year. Every­where I look peo­ple are cough­ing, snif­fling, and sneez­ing…. even here in Cal­i­for­nia where we seem to have missed the whole ‘win­ter weather’ memo alto­gether. (It’s been in the 70’s here… sorry, east coast friends!) But an ounce of pre­ven­tion may help slow the […]

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Easy DIY Handmade Envelopes to fit any size card!

Easy DIY Envelopes to Fit Any Size Card

-+*With Valentine’s Day right around the cor­ner, I wanted to share this super-easy DIY enve­lope you can make to fit any size card! How many times have you or your stu­dents cre­ated a won­der­ful hand-made card for Valentine’s Day (or Christ­mas, Birth­day, Mother’s Day, etc.) and then deliv­ered it in an enve­lope that didn’t fit cor­rectly, or […]

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How to Draw Out the Very Best Artwork from Your Students

How to Draw Out the Very Best Artwork from Your Students

-+*I first fell in love with kids’ art long before I ever became an art teacher…. I think I’ve always been attracted to it. Truth be told, I pre­fer kids’ art to most of the art that adults make! I love its spon­tane­ity, its expres­sive­ness, and its hon­esty. Kids’ art is charm­ing, orig­i­nal, and delight­ful…. except when it’s not. […]

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7 Tips for Successful Student Art Displays

7 Tips for Successful Student Art Displays

-+*Dis­play­ing stu­dent art through­out the year, and not only at your end-of-the-year art show, pays div­i­dends in so many ways. From pro­mot­ing your pro­gram to build­ing stu­dent pride and self-esteem, it’s worth the time and effort it takes to show off the won­der­ful art that your stu­dents are cre­at­ing! Look for spaces to dis­play stu­dent work not only in […]

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Learn Art History (and lots more!) for FREE with Khan Academy

Learn Art History with the Khan Academy

-+*“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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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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