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Ten Mistakes Every Art Teacher Can Avoid

10 Mistakes Every Art Teacher Can Avoid

Over the years, I’ve made more than my share of mis­takes.… and many of them more than once! We all make mis­takes, but we can learn from each other and at least avoid some of the com­mon ones. Here are some lessons I’ve learned the hard way! 1. Doing for your stu­dents what they can (and […]

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My very first Art Show as a parent volunteer!

How to Start an Art Program at Your Child’s School

The one ques­tion my read­ers ask more than any other is some­thing along the line of, “Do you have any advice for par­ents who want to teach Art in their child’s class?” And my answer is, yes.… actu­ally, I do! This topic is near and dear to my heart because this is exactly how I […]

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Celebrating our cultural diversity through art!

Create a Successful All-School Display

Some­times life can take some unex­pected turns! A few months ago, I had to take a leave of absence from my teach­ing posi­tion to deal with a fam­ily emer­gency. My dad had passed away leav­ing no plan for my 93 year old mom. So we moved her 2500 miles to live where we can give […]

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Teachers On Pinterest

Teachers On Pinterest

Pin­ter­est has become the go-to source for inspi­ra­tion for teach­ers. I could get lost for hours in this sea of cre­ative ideas! In an effort to engage with the teach­ing com­mu­nity in an even big­ger way, the folks at Pin­ter­est have cre­ated a new col­lec­tion of boards just for teach­ers, called Teach­ers On Pin­ter­est. Here you’ll find […]

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102 year old woman painting!

Volunteering as an Art Educator

Oppor­tu­ni­ties abound for vol­un­teer­ing as an Art Edu­ca­tor! If you’ve got a lit­tle extra free time this sum­mer, why not take advan­tage of this chance to share your exper­tise with oth­ers in your com­mu­nity? This sum­mer, I’m teach­ing Art classes for the elderly res­i­dents at a local retire­ment home.… a com­pletely new expe­ri­ence for me! […]

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Colorful Catalogs for Collage

Save Your Catalogs!

Cat­a­logs of all kinds can be a great resource for col­lage projects and more. Here are two of my favorites, which I’m always happy to find in my mail­box!  I save them for their pages full of color, tex­ture, and pat­tern… per­fect for my Fundraiser House Mag­nets, and any project where you need a cheap (free!) […]

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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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