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Favorite Books of 2017 - Most Inspiring: "A Little Radical"

Most Inspiring Book of 2017

My favorite books this year have not been books about teaching art to kids, or even books about ART at all. But they are relevant to teachers and parents…. and everyone, really. The three books I’ll be sharing with you are inspiring, life-changing, and important. The most inspiring book I read this year was A Little […]

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Ceramic Sugar Skull Plate for Dia de los Muertos

Ceramic Sugar Skull Plate for Dia de los Muertos

November 1st and 2nd is a Mexican holiday known as “Dia de los Muertos” or “Day of the Dead”….. an no, it isn’t “Mexican Halloween”! It’s not meant to be scary, spooky, or morbid, but rather a colorful tradition of honoring loved ones who have passed. I’m blessed to live in an area of the […]

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Easy Sugar Skull Ceramic Planter for Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead

Easy Sugar Skull Ceramic Planter/Pot

As if we needed one more reason to love Trader Joe’s…. THIS sugar skull succulent planter! My students were asking for a project for Day of the Dead, so when I saw these awesome sugar skull succulent planters I knew I had to come up with a good way to make them! So here it […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Drawing Cartoons Letter By Letter

Book Review: Drawing Cartoons Letter By Letter by Christopher Hart

Drawing Cartoons Letter by Letter is the latest in a series of learn-to-draw books by Christopher Hart. I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review, so here it is! The concept of using a letter or number as the framework for beginning a drawing is not new. In fact, I already had […]

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2 New Tips for Using Prang Watercolor Sets in Your Classroom

2 NEW Tips for Using Prang Watercolor Sets in Your Classroom

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 […]

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Sunset Cityscapes

Sunset Cityscapes

The examples in this post were done by 1st graders, but older kids will enjoy this, too. “No Rulers Allowed!”…. if you want results that are charming and almost “Seuss-like”! For a typical class that meets for one hour or less, you’ll want to do this project over 2 class periods. Materials: 9×12 watercolor paper (or heavyweight construction […]

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A Heart to Color by Hazel McNab

A Heart for Moms…. or Anyone!

Hearts, flowers, and a handmade touch are things that come to mind when I think of a gift for Mother’s Day. So why not combine all three to show some love to a mom…. your own or another special mom in your life?    My friend Hazel McNab of 366hearts.com is famous for her hearts. She’s […]

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