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  • Little Birdies Watercolor Painting

    Here’s an idea for a cute spring drawing or painting. Three very simple birds that are stacked on each other, with the highest one looking at a pretty flower. Read more

    Posted on 17 April 2014 FAMILY, SCHOOLING
  • Happy Easter Message

    This is one of the lettering styles that is included in Cyndi Hansen’s “Letter Better” book, and I tried it just last week in a class. It has just three simple... Read more

    Posted on 17 April 2014 FAMILY, SCHOOLING
  • Indian Symbols

    Brown packing paper and oil pastels are great for making a simulated rawhide drawing. I never throw my paper away after I get art supplies. The pre-wrinkled... Read more

    Posted on 14 April 2014 FAMILY, SCHOOLING
  • Bumble Bee Collage

    This collage project got a thumbs up from four kinder teachers yesterday. Just make sure you have the paper supplies cut to size first, and save it for the end... Read more

    Posted on 12 April 2014 FAMILY, SCHOOLING
  • A Negative Space Exercise

    I wanted to mix things up for my students this week, so I had them focus on the background of their art, or the negative space, instead of the positive. In hono... Read more

    Posted on 09 April 2014 FAMILY, SCHOOLING
  • Ugly Tinted Bunny

    One of the arts standards for elementary students is learning how to tint colors by adding white. My students had fun making bunnies that didn’t have to look... Read more

    Posted on 06 April 2014 FAMILY, SCHOOLING
  • My New PDF Store

    I’m happy to share tonight my NEW PDF Shop, one with improved graphics, product descriptions, and download services. One of the best improvements, I believe,... Read more

    Posted on 04 April 2014 FAMILY, SCHOOLING
  • Caterpillar Drawing

    A good lesson for kindergarteners on up. Reading “A Very Hungry Caterpillar” before drawing is recommended. 1. Students draw about 7 vertical lines in the middl... Read more

    Posted on 03 April 2014 FAMILY, SCHOOLING
  • Mosaic Tape Rainbow

    I was happy to make a recent discovery of colored paper tape at my online art store. It really makes any type of mosaic work a slam dunk, with no messy glue. 1. Read more

    Posted on 02 April 2014 FAMILY, SCHOOLING
  • Dino Skeleton Plaster Casts

    I believe that kinders in CA are learning about dinosaurs right about now. This project is a great combination of art and science. Read more

    Posted on 01 April 2014 FAMILY, SCHOOLING
  • Having Fun on Instagram

    I’ve dabbled with Instagram before, but am just now having a new appreciation of how quickly you can share photos with the it. The fun part is that they can... Read more

    Posted on 29 March 2014 FAMILY, SCHOOLING
  • Large Scale Color Prints

    One of the benefits of the advances in color printing is that the costs come down and the quality goes up. I recently decided to enlarge some of the extra... Read more

    Posted on 29 March 2014 FAMILY, SCHOOLING
  • Magazine Color Collage

    Collage is a French word which means “glue.” The term was coined by Braque and Picasso in the beginning of the 20th century, when collage became a distinctive... Read more

    Posted on 28 March 2014 FAMILY, SCHOOLING
  • Happy Earth Day

    I found this really great free font called Wild Wood at Font.DownloadAtoZ and made a quick coloring page for those still celebrating Earth Day today. Read more

    Posted on 27 March 2014 FAMILY, SCHOOLING
  • April Fool’s Eyeglasses

    Here’s a popular project I thought I’d repost before April 1st. The glasses are pretty much guaranteed to create lots of giggles, just be sure that children... Read more

    Posted on 26 March 2014 FAMILY, SCHOOLING
  • Positive / Negative Flower

    This is a simple exercise that uses positive and negative shapes and lines. 1. Students start with a 6" x 9" sheet of white drawing paper, and a 4.5" x 4.5"... Read more

    Posted on 25 March 2014 FAMILY, SCHOOLING
  • Teachers Pay Teachers

    I’ve joined Teachers Pay Teachers, which is an exciting new open marketplace for teachers. I'll be gradually adding many of my products to their site, but for... Read more

    Posted on 23 March 2014 FAMILY, SCHOOLING
  • Flower Watercolor Painting

    Almost every elementary student can draw a flower, but are they aware of the many different shapes and sizes that exist? 1. I started by drawing a large... Read more

    Posted on 23 March 2014 FAMILY, SCHOOLING
  • Laurel Birch Cat

    You can use this idea to turn any silhouette into a 3-dimensional shape. Just make sure you use a thick paper so your design will stand up nice and straight. 1. Read more

    Posted on 22 March 2014 FAMILY, SCHOOLING
  • Ceramic Planter Face

    Making this ceramic planter and then planting seeds for hair makes the growth process a lot more fun. 1. Use a wire cutter to make about 3/4" thick slabs cut... Read more

    Posted on 21 March 2014 FAMILY, SCHOOLING