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Student Grade Colored Pencil Comparison Test

A Colored Pencil Test

When it comes to buy­ing art sup­plies for your class­room, how much does your bud­get influ­ence your buy­ing deci­sions? Do you some­times choose your cheap­est option just because, well, it’s the cheap­est? There’s such a range of qual­ity when it comes to stu­dent grade col­ored pen­cils and the dif­fer­ence in price doesn’t always make up […]

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Oil Pastel Sunflower Inspired by Vincent van Gogh

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Par­ents often tell me about the art­work their kids did with me that they have framed and hang­ing in their home. And this is the project that most often earns a per­ma­nent place on the wall! While there’s noth­ing like adding new lessons to keep your cur­ricu­lum fresh and excit­ing, we all have projects that […]

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Some of My Favorite Art Books for Reading Aloud

Read Aloud and Respond with Art!

March 5th, 2014 is World Read Aloud Day! Every year, on the first Wednes­day in March, Lit­world (a non-profit orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing lit­er­acy around the globe) mobi­lizes chil­dren and adults every­where to advo­cate for lit­er­acy as a basic human right belong­ing to all peo­ple. Read­ing aloud is a nat­ural way to cel­e­brate the writ­ten word […]

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Drawing circles with a light touch

Learning to “Draw with a Light Touch”

Jan­u­ary is the month for New Year’s Res­o­lu­tions.… for exam­in­ing our habits and think­ing about changes we should make. Kids hear adults talk­ing about this so it’s not a new idea to them. This means we can seize this oppor­tu­nity to talk with stu­dents about their own habits that may not be serv­ing them well and […]

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Colorful Ofrenda Skeletons

Day of the Dead — Ofrenda Painting

The pop­u­lar Mex­i­can hol­i­day, Day of the Dead (or Dia de Los Muer­tos), gives us many oppor­tu­ni­ties for col­or­ful art lessons com­bined with learn­ing about another cul­ture! True con­fes­sion time.… when I moved from a small town in upstate New York to go to col­lege in Cal­i­for­nia, I had no idea what Day of the Dead was.… I […]

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Sketch Books & Paint Set

Feed Your Creative Soul — with a Sketchbook!

Most art teach­ers I know strug­gle to find time for pur­su­ing their own art­work.… so if that’s you, you’re not alone! Sum­mer­time pro­vides a great oppor­tu­nity for teach­ers to do things they oth­er­wise set aside dur­ing the school year. But if we’re try­ing to teach our stu­dents how impor­tant art is, should we really be […]

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Oil Pastel Flower Inspired by Van Gogh

Oil Pastel Still Life Inspired by Vincent Van Gogh

Stu­dents will be sur­prised to learn that Van Gogh was not pop­u­lar as an artist dur­ing his own life­time.… a great exam­ple that the opin­ions of pop­u­lar cul­ture do not always pre­vail!  This project usu­ally takes 2–3 fifty minute ses­sions to fin­ish, and the results are frame-worthy! Vocab­u­lary: • Vin­cent Van Gogh (1853–1890) — Dutch painter Vin­cent Van Gogh […]

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