Painting – TeachKidsArt http://www.teachkidsart.net a resource for teaching art to kids! Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:27:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2 NEW Tips for Using Prang Watercolor Sets in Your Classroom http://www.teachkidsart.net/2-new-tips-for-using-prang-watercolor-sets-in-your-classroom/ Wed, 27 Sep 2017 20:40:11 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=5127

For decades, the Prang OVL-8 Watercolor Set has been a staple in elementary classrooms far and wide. Their convenience, consistent quality and affordable price is hard to beat. A while back I posted 6 tips for success using these popular watercolor sets, and then even more watercolor tips here. Adding to all this, one of […] ]]>
Sunset Cityscapes http://www.teachkidsart.net/sunset-cityscapes/ Tue, 23 May 2017 20:07:24 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=5046

The examples in this post were done by 1st graders, but older kids will enjoy this, too. “No Rulers Allowed!”…. if you want results that are charming and almost “Seuss-like”! For a typical class that meets for one hour or less, you’ll want to do this project over 2 class periods. Materials: 9×12 watercolor paper (or heavyweight construction […] ]]>
Hearts and Grit http://www.teachkidsart.net/hearts-and-grit/ Mon, 13 Feb 2017 04:36:54 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4998

Four years ago, I wrote a blog post about Hazel McNab, a woman who challenged herself to design a heart to go with an inspiring quote every day for a year. She held herself accountable by posting her journey online. It just so happened it was a Leap Year, hence the name of her blog: 366 Hearts. Well, it’s […] ]]>
The Great Tertiary Color Debate http://www.teachkidsart.net/the-great-tertiary-color-debate/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/the-great-tertiary-color-debate/#comments Sat, 01 Oct 2016 18:19:03 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4887

The internet…. that great supplier of information at your fingertips, making it fast and easy to find answers and share them with the world! But what if those answers being shared are incorrect??  Vladimir Lenin once said, “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” (Hmmmm….. did Lenin really say that, or has it just been credited […] ]]>
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22 Ways to Combine Writing & Art to Encourage Creativity http://www.teachkidsart.net/22-ways-to-combine-writing-art-to-encourage-creativity/ Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:11:38 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4854

I recently had the privilege of helping my adult daughter edit the manuscript for her first book. Her first real, published book. A book with an agent, a publisher, a release date (April 2017), and it’s own pre-order page on Amazon. A proud parenting milestone for sure! But this book of hers has been a long time in the making. […] ]]>
How to Care for Your Art Room Brushes http://www.teachkidsart.net/how-to-care-for-your-art-room-brushes/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/how-to-care-for-your-art-room-brushes/#comments Sun, 03 Apr 2016 01:39:47 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4781

Let’s face it, art room brushes take a beating. But don’t throw them away – rejuvenate them instead!  I used to think “The Masters” Brush Cleaner and Preserver was only for my expensive art brushes at home. Somehow the brushes in my classroom didn’t seem ‘worthy’. How crazy is that?! Now that I’ve started using […] ]]>
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20 Interesting Facts about the Sistine Chapel http://www.teachkidsart.net/20-interesting-facts-about-the-sistine-chapel/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/20-interesting-facts-about-the-sistine-chapel/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 19:06:59 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4346

If you’re reading this post, you’re probably a person who enjoys learning about art and the artists who create it. Yet we all know people who don’t share this interest, and may even find art history to be dry and boring (gasp!). Well, art history is anything but dry and boring if you know the stories behind the paintings! From DaVinci’s Mona Lisa […] ]]>
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Illustrations with Surrealism http://www.teachkidsart.net/illustrations-with-surrealism/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/illustrations-with-surrealism/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:33:09 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4217

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 […] ]]>
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Mona Lisa – Fact or Fiction? 50 Fantastic Things to Know! http://www.teachkidsart.net/mona-lisa-fact-or-fiction-50-fantastic-things-to-know/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/mona-lisa-fact-or-fiction-50-fantastic-things-to-know/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 04:56:57 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=2991

My students became experts on all things Mona Lisa the year we ‘adopted’ the Mona Lisa as our Art Class Mascot!  For generations, the Mona Lisa has captivated the imaginations of young and old alike. Her mysterious smile hints that there is much we don’t know about this painting, and the woman in it. But there […] ]]>
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Valentine Color Mixing – Paint 100 Hearts! http://www.teachkidsart.net/valentine-color-mixing-paint-100-hearts/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/valentine-color-mixing-paint-100-hearts/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 04:11:35 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=3951

With Valentines Day (and the ‘100th Day of School’) just around the corner, I thought I’d post this heart-themed version of my ‘Mixing 100 Colors’ lesson! Mixing the colors and then painting hearts requires a little longer attention span, so I’ve found that 4th grade and up does best with this version. But younger students […] ]]>
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