Chinese Brush Painting dates back to 4000 BC, with techniques being handed down from master to student. In contrast to what most of us are taught about art today, copying and the perfection of technique were more important and more highly valued than self-expression. Chinese Brush Painting uses simple strokes of a paintbrush to capture a single object or an entire scene. Teach … [Read more...]
7 Tips for Successful Student Art Displays
Displaying student art throughout the year, and not only at your end-of-the-year art show, pays dividends in so many ways. From promoting your program to building student pride and self-esteem, it's worth the time and effort it takes to show off the wonderful art that your students are creating! Look for spaces to display student work not only in … [Read more...]
Create a Successful All-School Display
Sometimes life can take some unexpected turns! A few months ago, I had to take a leave of absence from my teaching position to deal with a family emergency. My dad had passed away leaving no plan for my 93 year old mom. So we moved her 2500 miles to live where we can give her the help she needs. While I'm blessed to have this special time with my mom, her needs are too great … [Read more...]
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 pastels by my 3rd graders, is one of my all-time favorites.... it even … [Read more...]