My Favorite Eraser Ever

It may seem like a small thing (and in terms of actual size, it is!) but every artist needs a good eraser and not all erasers are created equal! My personal favorite is the Sanford Magic Rub eraser. This vinyl eraser is non-abrasive so it won’t tear or lift the surface of the paper no […]

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What Inspires You?

While it’s great to follow tried and true plans for a successful Art lesson, it can be fun to come up with a new project on your own, based on something that inspires you. Where do you get inspiration from? It’s different for everyone, but anything that catches your eye (from the shapes and patterns […]

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Take Avantage of Your Local Art Talent!

I hope you know that I mean “take advantage of” in a good way! Every community has it’s share of local talent, so why not bring some of that influence into your classroom? Sometimes it helps our students to hear enthusiasm about Art coming from someone other than us! Inviting a local artist into your […]

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Help for those Hard to Pronounce Names!

“The Virgin and Child with Saints” by Titian Have you ever taught a lesson on one of those famous artists of the past, and felt unsure of exactly how to pronounce his name? I know I have….after all, many of those artists lived hundreds of years ago in countries that speak languages other than our […]

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Tips for Working with Watercolors

Watercolors are a great medium for students to learn about color mixing and applying paint. Here are a few things I’ve learned about kids and watercolors that may be helpful to you…. First of all, the brand does matter! This goes for watercolors or any other type of art supply. When a choice of brand […]

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Autumn Leaves with Crayon Resist

art by Kelsey Autumn Leaves with Crayon Resistinspired by Andy Goldsworthy This is a fun project that I usually do with my 1st graders in the fall, but all ages enjoy it….it’s easy to do, everyone can feel successful and the results are beautiful. Try one yourself! Materials:• 12×18 white construction paper• black crayon, broken […]

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More Quilts!

Just for fun, I thought I would post a few more pictures of the quilts we made using KidsKreations for the printing of the kids’ artwork. These quilts were amazing, and unfortunately these shots don’t really do them justice. I wish I had taken better pictures of them, but at the time I didn’t know […]

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