Tips for Teaching Art – TeachKidsArt http://www.teachkidsart.net a resource for teaching art to kids! Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:27:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2 NEW Tips for Using Prang Watercolor Sets in Your Classroom http://www.teachkidsart.net/2-new-tips-for-using-prang-watercolor-sets-in-your-classroom/ Wed, 27 Sep 2017 20:40:11 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=5127

For decades, the Prang OVL-8 Watercolor Set has been a staple in elementary classrooms far and wide. Their convenience, consistent quality and affordable price is hard to beat. A while back I posted 6 tips for success using these popular watercolor sets, and then even more watercolor tips here. Adding to all this, one of […] ]]>
Letter to a First Year Art Teacher – Practical Advice from the Trenches http://www.teachkidsart.net/letter-to-a-first-year-art-teacher-practical-advice-from-the-trenches/ Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:03:15 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=5106

Dear First Year Art Teacher, Congratulations on your new job teaching Art! You are embarking on a wonderful adventure! There will be days ahead when you’ll declare to anyone who will listen that you have the BEST job in the world. There is SO much to LOVE about teaching Art! But, as with all things, […] ]]>
Scholastic Art Giveaway http://www.teachkidsart.net/scholastic-art-giveaway/ Tue, 08 Aug 2017 01:45:31 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=5101

When the editor of Scholastic Art contacted me about reviewing their magazine on my blog and hosting a giveaway, I jumped at the chance! Scholastic Art has a special place in my heart. As a high school senior, I was chosen to receive a Scholastic Art Scholarship to an art school in Boston. Even though […] ]]>
Why Sharing a Classroom Might Be Better Than You Thought…. and 5 Ways to Make it Work http://www.teachkidsart.net/why-sharing-a-classroom-might-be-better-than-you-thought-and-5-ways-to-make-it-work/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/why-sharing-a-classroom-might-be-better-than-you-thought-and-5-ways-to-make-it-work/#comments Wed, 12 Jul 2017 18:39:36 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=5072

Let’s face it, given the choice, we’d all prefer to have our own space. But consider this…. maybe sharing a classroom isn’t so bad after all. I used to dream of having my own classroom… complete with storage for supplies and a sink for clean up. A place I could call my own and make […] ]]>
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5 Steps to Improving Your Teaching Skills This Summer http://www.teachkidsart.net/5-steps-to-improving-your-teaching-skills-this-summer/ Wed, 07 Jun 2017 22:30:40 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=5058

When I first watched this TEDx Talk a while back, I immediately saw the implications for teachers…. and not only for Art teachers. I believe any teacher of any grade or subject will benefit from following these steps. For that matter, anyone who wants to get better at anything could apply this strategy. Maybe that’s why this […] ]]>
22 Ways to Combine Writing & Art to Encourage Creativity http://www.teachkidsart.net/22-ways-to-combine-writing-art-to-encourage-creativity/ Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:11:38 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4854

I recently had the privilege of helping my adult daughter edit the manuscript for her first book. Her first real, published book. A book with an agent, a publisher, a release date (April 2017), and it’s own pre-order page on Amazon. A proud parenting milestone for sure! But this book of hers has been a long time in the making. […] ]]>
How to Take Great Photos of Kids’ Art Using Your iPhone http://www.teachkidsart.net/how-to-take-great-photos-of-kids-art-using-your-iphone/ Tue, 17 May 2016 06:19:04 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4823

Whether you’re a parent wanting to document your child’s artistic journey or an art teacher/blogger in need of awesome photos of your students’ projects, the best camera to use is the one you have with you! And if you’re like me, that’s the iPhone in your back pocket. With an iPhone (or other smartphone), you can take […] ]]>
Your Child’s Art: What to Save, How to Save It http://www.teachkidsart.net/your-childs-art-what-to-save-how-to-save-it/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/your-childs-art-what-to-save-how-to-save-it/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2016 03:43:44 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4790

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about decluttering…. paring down all the stuff we’ve accumulated over the years and keeping only what’s truly important to us. So when one of my readers asked me what to do with the ‘mountain of artwork’ his kids were bringing home, it really struck a chord. After surveying friends, […] ]]>
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A Podcast Just for Art Teachers http://www.teachkidsart.net/a-podcast-just-for-art-teachers/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/a-podcast-just-for-art-teachers/#comments Wed, 02 Mar 2016 06:19:15 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4736

When I discover something new that I really love, I have to share it! Whether it’s my new YETI tumbler that keeps my tea hot (or cold) all day or my Pentel Water Brush that I’m currently having a blast with, I tell everyone. There’s just something in me that has to share good things with others. […] ]]>
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The Cure for Dry Hands! http://www.teachkidsart.net/the-cure-for-dry-hands/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/the-cure-for-dry-hands/#comments Sun, 08 Nov 2015 05:46:56 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4607

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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