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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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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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