Family Hands

I find some of the best ideas on Pinterest, and this is one of them. Unfortunately, this school district blocks Pinterest, so I can’t find the link to the original idea to include in this lesson plan post. That’s a bummer, because I always try to credit my sources. I will try to log on […]

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The Best Electric Pencil Sharpener

Those of you who are regular readers of this blog know of my love/hate relationship with pencils. They’re a necessary evil in the art room — so perfect for drawing, and yet, so full of issues. I am attempting to solve all my pencil problems, one-by-one, from the eraser controversy to pencil “shopping” procrastinators. Today, […]

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Sailboats

This project is full of great opportunities to teach foreground, middle ground, and background; texture, matter color techniques, organic and geometric shapes, warm and cool colors, and even a little chemistry! Day 1– I start by having students paint wet-on-wet (watercolor on wet paper) using warm colors. We then sprinkle those papers with salt and […]

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Back To School

The first thing I like to do when the school year begins is to get some art up on the walls! Since I have a lovely, long exhibit space here at Mary C. Snow Elementary (and an entirely new group of students), I revisited my favorite geometry lesson from last spring. Their projects, displayed en […]

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