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How to Take Great Photos of Kids' Art Using Your iPhone

How to Take Great Photos of Kids’ Art Using Your iPhone






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 […]






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Your Child's Art: What to Save & How to Save It

Your Child’s Art: What to Save, How to Save It






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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Start the Year with Student Portfolios






I love to start the year by having my students decorate their portfolios!  You can make your own portfolios inexpensively, and safely store a whole year’s worth of artwork.   The first time I see each class at the beginning of the school year, I like to read them one of my favorite art-themed kids’ […]






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6th Grade Portfolio Project – Follow Your Star!






I’m especially excited about my 6th grade portfolio project! This project is inspired by an amazing book by author/illustrator Peter Reynolds, who created the classic children’s books “The Dot” and “Ish“. This potentially life-changing book, “The North Star”, is so special, it even has it’s own website! (Check out this site for fun activities for […]






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Grade 5 Portfolios – Collecting Words






 I LOVE kids’ books!!! I just discovered a great new book, titled “Max’s Words” by Kate Banks. While this book doesn’t have a specific art theme, it inspired me to create a portfolio project for my 5th graders based on WORDS. Kids LOVE to collect things. I learned this from personal experience, with a daughter who […]






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Grade 4 Portfolios – “Ish” Drawings






There are lots of wonderful children’s books available today, but “Ish” by Peter Reynolds stands out as one of my all-time favorites. This is a story that everyone (kids and adults!) can relate to…. in fact, it’s so influential that I can literally see a “before and after” effect each time I read it to […]






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Grade 3 Portfolios – The Shapes and Colors of Joy






“Matthew’s Dream”, by Leo Lionni, is my inspiration for our third grade portfolio project. In this charming fable, a boy named Matthew visits the museum with his classmates and is entranced by the paintings he sees there. That night Matthew has a magical dream which helps him to see the world around him in a […]






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