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Nativity Painting by Gerard Van Honthorst, 1622

Light Has Come!

Reli­gious paint­ings were a favorite sub­ject of the Old Mas­ters (trained Euro­pean painters who worked between the mid 1400’s to the early 1800’s). In paint­ings from this time period, Jesus was often depicted with a glow­ing light that would radi­ate out from him. This exam­ple of the Nativ­ity (or birth) of Christ by Dutch artist […]

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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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102 year old woman painting!

Volunteering as an Art Educator

Oppor­tu­ni­ties abound for vol­un­teer­ing as an Art Edu­ca­tor! If you’ve got a lit­tle extra free time this sum­mer, why not take advan­tage of this chance to share your exper­tise with oth­ers in your com­mu­nity? This sum­mer, I’m teach­ing Art classes for the elderly res­i­dents at a local retire­ment home.… a com­pletely new expe­ri­ence for me! […]

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Color Wheel with Primary, Secondary, Intermediate and Tertiary Colors

Create Your Own Color Wheel

Why pur­chase pre-mixed paint col­ors when stu­dents can learn to mix their own col­ors for more vari­ety and more inter­est­ing results?  Mak­ing a color wheel teaches stu­dents how to mix the col­ors they want while learn­ing the basics of color the­ory! You will need: Paper plates, 2 per stu­dent (one for a palette, one for the […]

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366 Hearts on Facebook

366 Hearts

If you’re look­ing for inspi­ra­tion for Valentine’s Day, look no fur­ther than 366 Hearts!  I just learned of this project and stayed up half the night being inspired with new ideas to try. You’ll find cre­ative hearts com­bined with mean­ing­ful quotes for every day of the year. Tal­ented artist, Hazel McNab, has chal­lenged her­self to cre­ate a new heart […]

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Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos Projects

Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muer­tos) is right around the cor­ner!  Don’t miss the oppor­tu­nity to share this impor­tant cul­tural tra­di­tion with your stu­dents.  Often mis­un­der­stood, this pop­u­lar Mex­i­can hol­i­day hon­or­s ances­tors and loved ones who have died, and is cel­e­brated each year on Novem­ber 1st & 2nd. This family-centered hol­i­day cel­e­brates the cycle of […]

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