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Sharpen Pencils Fast with the iPoint Ball Sharpener

My New Favorite Pencil Sharpener

Usu­ally, I sharpen pen­cils as needed, a few at a time, and don’t think much about it. But this morn­ing I sat star­ing at 9 dozen brand new pen­cils I needed for a work­shop I’m teach­ing. I found myself pro­cras­ti­nat­ing this sim­ple task all week, just due to the sheer num­ber of them. But once I got going, I […]

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Watch this 5 minute TED Talk for some truly compelling art advocacy!

Why Everyone Can (and Should!)… Learn to Draw

Explain­ing the impor­tance of learn­ing to draw to art edu­ca­tors is like preach­ing to the choir. We already believe! Yet we all have peo­ple around us, school admin­is­tra­tors, par­ents, and even stu­dents, who don’t share our enthu­si­asm. We need to be proac­tive in our art advo­cacy if we’re to avoid hav­ing to defend our programs […]

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"Dali Being Devious" by Hannah Rothstein

Illustrations with Surrealism

What bet­ter way to cel­e­brate April Fool’s Day than with an image of Sal­vadore Dali caught in the act of pulling a prank??! Sur­re­al­ism is a cul­tural, artis­tic, and lit­er­ary move­ment which began in the early 1920’s. Founded by French writer and poet Andre Bre­ton as a ‘rev­o­lu­tion­ary move­ment’, Sur­re­al­ism is prob­a­bly best known as a […]

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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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