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Collage 2 w/Positive and Negative Shapes

Basic Collage with Positive and Negative Shapes

I do this project with my first graders every year to help them under­stand the con­cept of pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive shapes.  This project also teaches sym­me­try and offers impor­tant prac­tice in cut­ting on a fold and apply­ing glue.  First graders are often sur­prised by the shapes they see when they unfold their papers — they […]

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A Safer Way to Send Artwork Home

With­out a doubt, the best way to send art­work home is tucked safely inside a port­fo­lio, or a home­work folder if the art is a smaller size.  But when that’s not an option, here’s your next best bet.… sim­ply roll the art­work (with the draw­ing or paint­ing fac­ing inward) and slip it inside a cardboard […]

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Better Bulletin Boards!

Bul­letin boards are a great way to exhibit stu­dent art through­out the year, and let the world (or at least your school) see what your stu­dents have been up to. Use bul­letin boards to teach a con­cept, tell a story, share a mes­sage, or just brighten everyone’s day! (The bul­letin board above, cre­ated with oil […]

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Fight Germs… and Marker Stains, Too!

Have you ever thought about all the germs that your stu­dents share, while shar­ing those inno­cent class­room sup­plies like crayons, scis­sors and pen­cils?? Here’s a great tip from our Kinder­garten aide “extra­or­di­naire”, Michelle L. Keep a small spray bot­tle filled with house­hold rub­bing alco­hol (91% works best) for tack­ling germs as well as per­ma­nent marker […]

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Get Ready for a New School Year!

My basic sup­plies for teach­ing “afford­able” art.… most of my lessons use just these sim­ple mate­ri­als. Prepar­ing for a new school year can be an enor­mous job! But like any­thing else, if you break it down into smaller, more man­age­able tasks, it’s a lot less over­whelm­ing! Here’s what works for me.… The first step is to […]

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Easy Borders — Without Measuring!

Cre­at­ing a bor­der with­out using a ruler Using rulers is an impor­tant skill for kids to develop, but it can add a lot of time (and some­times frus­tra­tion) to an Art les­son. Some­times it’s best to do a sep­a­rate les­son on using rulers and find ways to avoid them dur­ing Art time! In my last teacher workshop, […]

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Teacher Workshop: Self-Portraits!

I just fin­ished the 4th work­shop in my “Teach­ing Teach­ers to Teach Art” series. This work­shop focused on teach­ing Self-Portraits and we had a blast! We learned the basic “rules” for draw­ing por­traits (see below) and did three self-portrait projects inspired by famous artists Paul Klee, Frida Kahlo and Amedeo Modigliani. I’ll be shar­ing those […]

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