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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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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!
Teach Kids Art began in August 2008 as a way for me to share my lessons, tips, and ideas for teaching art with other teachers. As Teach Kids Art has grown over the years, it has truly been a labor of love…. all the content I share here is free!
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