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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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 […]
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 […]
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! […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Hi! I'm Cheryl, and I'm a big fan of kids' artwork! For the last 20+ years, I've had the privilege of teaching art to kids from kindergarten through high school.... in public, private, charter, and homeschool settings. Now I'm focusing on mentoring other teachers through demos, workshops, and sharing lessons and more on my blog. I have a degree in art and an art ed credential, but I've learned that you don't need to be an "artist" or have an art background yourself to teach art to kids. All you need are good lessons to follow (like following a recipe) and the willingness to have fun! Over the years, I’ve developed hundreds of successful, classroom-tested art lessons for kids, and all the tips, methods, and strategies to go along with them! My passion now is to make all this available to classroom teachers, homeschool teachers, parents, and grandparents.… to anyone who wants to share the joy of ART with the kids in their life!
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