Abstract Design with Markers

This project offers a great oppor­tu­nity to intro­duce the work of abstract artists Robert & Sonia Delau­nay. I first saw this idea almost 20 years ago — I have no idea where I got it from, but I’ve used it almost every year since then and its always been a hit! The results are consistently […]

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More about Picasso.…

Self-Portrait 1907 by Pablo Picasso Yesterday’s post, “Wild ‘n Crazy Picasso Por­traits”, left me inspired to write a lit­tle bit more about this amaz­ing artist… Span­ish artist, Pablo Picasso (1881–1973), is often under-appreciated by peo­ple who don’t know much about him.… I usu­ally have to remind stu­dents of “Rule #1″ when teach­ing a class about […]

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Wild ‘n Crazy Picasso Portraits

Picasso Por­traits”, taught by Mrs. Mendence to her 2nd graders,after attend­ing my teacher work­shop, “Teach Kids Art with Mark­ers” Noth­ing beats abstract art for get­ting kids to loosen up and just have fun with being cre­ative! Not hav­ing to worry about mak­ing your pic­ture look “real­is­tic” really takes the pres­sure off, and for many, can […]

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Father’s Day Fashion — Kinder Style!

Are these the cutest Father’s Day cards, or what??! Kinder­garten projects often include a bit of prep and this one is no excep­tion, but it’s pretty quick and totally worth it!! These ties are done in water­color and the effects are fab­u­lous.… any one of these designs would make a great tie for real! Only […]

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Teachers Make Awesome Students!

Ded­i­cated teach­ers hard at work.… being stu­dents! (And on their day off, no less!) One of my favorite things about the teacher work­shops I’ve been giv­ing is that I get to spend time shar­ing ideas with other teach­ers. Teach­ers not only have lots of great ideas (learned from expe­ri­ence), but most impor­tantly they love to share […]

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Duplication Exercise

Train your stu­dents to notice details and “see like artists” with this fun activ­ity! In her clas­sic draw­ing books, Draw­ing with Chil­dren and Draw­ing for Older Chil­dren and Teens, art teacher and author Mona Brookes offers an engag­ing way to prac­tice see­ing and draw­ing using her “Dupli­ca­tion Exer­cise”. This activ­ity is com­pletely adapt­able to any […]

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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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