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Giving Back with Art

Have you ever been inspired to ‘give back’ to your community as a way to say “thank you” to those who helped you through a difficult time? I was touched by the story of Dan and Janean Toone, who started Young at Art in response to the care that their young grandson received while spending […]

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Quilled Paper Designs

  Quilling, also known as paper filigree, is an art form that involves rolling and gluing thin strips of paper into various shapes and arranging them to form designs. Quilled paper designs can be very simple or as complex as you have the dexterity and patience for! The art of quilling dates back to the Renaissance when French […]

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“Touch” Contour Drawing

A workshop participant trying out the “touch” method of contour drawing In my last teacher workshop, I showed how students can improve their drawing skills with different types of contour drawing. In previous posts, I’ve talked about blind, memory and guided contour drawing. Last, but not least, is “touch” contour drawing. This is another great […]

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More Contour Drawing – “Memory” and “Guided”

“Guided” Contour Drawing by Austin, grade 5 In her book, Art for Kids: Drawing, artist and author Kathryn Temple reminds us that, “The most important thing an artist can do is pay attention.” It’s amazing how most people go through life without really looking at the world around them. Contour drawing will help you break […]

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Teacher Workshop – Contour Drawing!

“Blind Contour Drawing” of a student in my workshop! I love this quote by Kathryn Temple, author of Art for Kids: Drawing…. “Drawing has more to do with seeing than it does with holding a pencil in your hand.” So true!! In my teacher workshop last weekend (“Teaching Drawing to Kids”) we focused on how […]

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Monet’s Ice Cream Sundae Party

1st Grade Ice Cream Sundae…don’t you just love kids’ art??! This is a FUN lesson in color mixing and mixing tints (a tint is any color plus white). I got this out of an old School Arts Magazine years ago and just simplified it a little. It’s a great opportunity to talk to kids about […]

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Shoe Drawings

Third Grade Shoe Drawing by Brian Contour drawing is a great activity for developing your drawing skills, no matter what your age or level of ability. There are dozens of fun projects you can do with contour drawing, but here is one of my favorites…. Shoe Drawings!1. Remove one shoe and place it on your […]

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