Pinterest has become the go-to source for inspiration for teachers. I could get lost for hours in this sea of creative ideas! In an effort to engage with the teaching community in an even bigger way, the folks at Pinterest have created a new collection of boards just for teachers, called Teachers On Pinterest. Here you’ll find […]
These hanging stars are a hit year after year with my 4th graders. You can make these in any size you want.… the size of the squares you start with will determine the size of your finished stars. (When I teach this lesson, I use 12″ squares in two different colors to demonstrate the folding and gluing […]
Students love to bring home these exquisite origami cranes to hang on their Christmas tree! I make these with my 5th & 6th graders, and even though this is not a beginner level project, every year I have at least one student with a passion for origami who already knows how to make them! While these cranes are challenging, they’re […]
I like to have each of my classes make a special ornament for Christmas each year. Here’s an easy paper icicle that’s fun for 1st grade and up. Once students get the hang of it, they’ll be making these as fast as you can cut the paper! This project is a little more craft-like than […]
Even though Christmas falls on the same day every year, it still manages to sneak up on me! Why is that??! My best intentions are always to post some new Christmas art projects & ideas a month or two ahead of time, but then the busyness of the season just gets the best of me! […]
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! […]
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!