Subject – TeachKidsArt http://www.teachkidsart.net a resource for teaching art to kids! Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:27:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ceramic Sugar Skull Plate for Dia de los Muertos http://www.teachkidsart.net/ceramic-sugar-skull-plate-for-dia-de-los-muertos/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/ceramic-sugar-skull-plate-for-dia-de-los-muertos/#comments Wed, 01 Nov 2017 19:43:30 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=5223

November 1st and 2nd is a Mexican holiday known as “Dia de los Muertos” or “Day of the Dead”….. an no, it isn’t “Mexican Halloween”! It’s not meant to be scary, spooky, or morbid, but rather a colorful tradition of honoring loved ones who have passed. I’m blessed to live in an area of the […] ]]>
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Easy Sugar Skull Ceramic Planter/Pot http://www.teachkidsart.net/easy-sugar-skull-ceramic-planterpot/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/easy-sugar-skull-ceramic-planterpot/#comments Thu, 12 Oct 2017 03:33:02 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=5182

As if we needed one more reason to love Trader Joe’s…. THIS sugar skull succulent planter! My students were asking for a project for Day of the Dead, so when I saw these awesome sugar skull succulent planters I knew I had to come up with a good way to make them! So here it […] ]]>
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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 […] ]]>
A Heart for Moms…. or Anyone! http://www.teachkidsart.net/a-heart-for-moms-or-anyone/ Thu, 04 May 2017 00:07:54 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=5031

Hearts, flowers, and a handmade touch are things that come to mind when I think of a gift for Mother’s Day. So why not combine all three to show some love to a mom…. your own or another special mom in your life?    My friend Hazel McNab of 366hearts.com is famous for her hearts. She’s […] ]]>
Teaching Kids to Be Creative http://www.teachkidsart.net/teaching-kids-to-be-creative/ Wed, 05 Apr 2017 06:59:23 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=5013

We all agree that teaching kids to be creative pays big dividends no matter what field of work they choose as adults.  But often our efforts at teaching creativity have a future pay-off that we don’t get to see. Kids grow up and leave our schools (or our homes) and we never know the full impact that […] ]]>
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 […] ]]>
No-Measure Mandala on Aluminum Foil http://www.teachkidsart.net/no-measure-mandala-on-aluminum-foil/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/no-measure-mandala-on-aluminum-foil/#comments Sat, 12 Nov 2016 07:06:23 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4935

Exciting news!! I’m  honored to be a contributor in Kathy Barbro’s new book, Sharpie Art Workshop for Kids. Kathy writes the popular blog, Art Projects for Kids.  It was Kathy’s blog that first inspired me to start my own kids’ art blog many years ago, so that makes this even more exciting for me! You can order Kathy’s […] ]]>
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Unwind with a Ceramic “Feeling Sculpture” http://www.teachkidsart.net/unwind-with-a-ceramic-feeling-sculpture/ Tue, 18 Oct 2016 03:35:52 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4912

This may be the most relaxing clay project you’ll ever do. My students loved it so much, they asked to do it again!  Credit for this awesome project goes to my daughter’s high school Ceramics teacher, Mr. Emery. He challenged his students to form the clay with their eyes closed (!), but I made that optional for […] ]]>
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. […] ]]>