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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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Art with Math — Draw a Simple Soccer Ball

What do you get when you com­bine geom­e­try, art, and soc­cer?? A win­ning art les­son, that’s what! All the excite­ment of the World Cup this sum­mer inspired me to come up with a cre­ative way to teach kids how to draw a soc­cer ball. I was deter­mined to develop a method that would be easy to teach and easy to learn, […]

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Echo Drawing on TpT

Learning to Draw with “Echo Drawing”

Draw­ing is a vital skill for becom­ing visual com­mu­ni­ca­tors at home, at school, and at work. This is not about hav­ing nat­ural tal­ent or artis­tic abil­ity.… any­one can learn to draw! Draw­ing is all about look­ing care­fully at things and see­ing the rela­tion­ships between lines and shapes, and gra­da­tions of light and dark. We call […]

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Surfboard Art by Kids

Surf’s Up! With End-of-the-Year Surfboard Art

The last few days of the school year can be a chal­lenge.… stu­dents are super-excited and their energy level is high! Add in a sub­sti­tute teacher and things could get crazy! So, I was asked to sub for a cou­ple of classes on their last day of Art. I knew I’d need some­thing spe­cial to focus their almost-summer-vacation exuberance! […]

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Keep a sketchbook in the car

The 30 Day Sketchbook Challenge

Kids spend so much time in the car! It’s easy to reach for a dvd or elec­tronic game to fill the time on long trips… or even short errands around town. But why not take a break from tech­nol­ogy and just reach for a sketch­book instead? “Almost all art­work, no mat­ter what the final form, […]

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"Take Care of Your Brushes and Your Paints"... For a printable pdf visit: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/No-More-Bad-Hair-Days-for-Your-Paintbrush-1246706

How to Ruin a Paintbrush in One Simple Step

Water­color or tem­pera paint in cake form offers lots of advan­tages for ele­men­tary stu­dents. But this kind of paint can also be hard on brushes! When younger stu­dents are used to paint­ing with liq­uid water­col­ors or liq­uid tem­pera, they often for­get to add water to their paint when they switch to work­ing with cake-style col­ors. Then, they com­pen­sate for this […]

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6 Tips for Watercolor Success with Kids

6 Tips for Watercolor Success with Kids

  Water­color is a great medium for kids! It’s afford­able, mixes well, cleans up quickly, and (usu­ally) doesn’t stain cloth­ing. Here are six tips to help you and your younger stu­dents find suc­cess when learn­ing to work with this clas­sic medium:  Choose a good qual­ity stu­dent paint. Good qual­ity doesn’t have to mean expen­sive! Before buy­ing a class set […]

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