Sep 23, 2014

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Harptoons: How-to-Draw Books Your Students Will Lo...

Harptoons: How-to-Draw Books Your Students Will Love

  My students LOVE how-to draw books.  In my art room, they are an option for centers or when projects are completed early. How-to draw books encourage practice and improve drawing confidence in young artists. Although I’m a fan, most How-to-Draw books are pretty similar. When I got the chance to review the Harptoons drawing books by Steve Harpster though, I thought,...

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Sep 23, 2014

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Great Giveaway: Creative Drawing Books for Your Cl...

Great Giveaway: Creative Drawing Books for Your Classroom!

Today we have a fantastic giveaway for you! After reading Alecia’s article this morning, you might be saying to yourself, “How can I get my hands on those cool books?” Well, you’re in luck, because creator Steve Harpster is generously giving away TWO sets of Harptoons drawing books as well as TWO autographed sketchbooks today! Beginning with letters and numbers, students...

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Sep 22, 2014

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How to Manage Your Email in 9 Easy Steps

How to Manage Your Email in 9 Easy Steps

Email is a tricky beast to tame. In today’s society, email etiquette (OK, etiquette in general) seems to be thrown out the window on a daily basis. With the use of smartphones as our main communication tools, email formality and accountability seem to be going downhill even faster. In addition, email can take up a ton of your precious TIME, especially at work. When you started...

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Sep 19, 2014

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The Life of a Traveling Teacher with Nellie Mitche...

The Life of a Traveling Teacher with Nellie Mitchell

Just like so many of you, this year I am faced with the unexpected challenge of becoming a traveling teacher. I had so many questions about this change, but had no idea where to get the answers I needed. Enter the very talented and, might I add, well-traveled art teacher, Nellie Mitchell. Nellie is from Missouri and after eight (EIGHT!) years of traveling, just got her very own...

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Sep 18, 2014

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Hotties of Art History Part 2: The Women

Hotties of Art History Part 2: The Women

As I mentioned in The Hotties of Art History Part 1, I am always looking for entertaining ways to incorporate art history in my classroom. So again today, we will mostly discount artistic endeavors and artistic merit to just focus on the attractiveness of the artists. Yes, we can discuss art history here and there, but we’re mostly just being vapid. After checking out the men...

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Sep 18, 2014

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“Mouse Paint” Color Wheel: Free Lesson...

“Mouse Paint” Color Wheel: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: K-2 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Color Art Skills: Color Mixing, Painting, Collage Making Connections: Language Arts * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page This lesson is great because it gets away from the boring 6 hue color wheel that can be such a drag for both you and your students. Incorporating literature is an added bonus to drive the...

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Sep 17, 2014

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Hotties of Art History Part 1: The Men

Hotties of Art History Part 1: The Men

I’m always looking for new ways to make art history exciting in my classroom. One way I do this is to talk about artists like Chris Burden and some of his dangerous performance pieces. I noticed, however, a lot of my girls had trouble paying attention when we were looking at Chris Burden because HE’S JUST SO ATTRACTIVE (or so they tell me). This led to a round-up of a...

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Sep 16, 2014

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How to Help Your School Break Free of the Gallery ...

How to Help Your School Break Free of the Gallery Mentality

Art has always had a high brow quality about it. Traditionally, fine artworks have been adorned with elaborate frames and hung in museums and galleries to be viewed only by elite visitors. In many ways, schools mirror the same exclusive practice. The best art is collected, matted and placed in a prestigious space such as a school gallery or showcase. In recent times, artists have...

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Sep 15, 2014

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Use Socrative for Easy Formative Assessments in th...

Use Socrative for Easy Formative Assessments in the Art Room

One of the best things about formative assessment is that it delivers instant and useful feedback to you and your students. Improvement and learning can take place right away! Getting this information out to students always takes some time, so this is a great place for technology to step in and expedite the process. Enter Socrative.com. Not only does Socrative make feedback quick...

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Sep 12, 2014

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How to Do Paper Maché with Kindergarten

How to Do Paper Maché with Kindergarten

Paper maché with young students can quickly become a living nightmare in the art room. It seems like there’s no stopping the spread of paper maché paste from those little hands to every. single. surface. in the room. Not to mention the goop that gets on your one nice pair of pants and all over Jimmy’s hair. If you’ve wanted to do paper maché in your room but...

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Sep 11, 2014

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Six Inexpensive Sculpture Ideas to Start the Year

Six Inexpensive Sculpture Ideas to Start the Year

In a time where budgets are seemingly always being cut, many of us are looking for ideas that won’t slice into the precious few dollars we have available. So, if you’re waiting on your budget money to come in, or if you don’t have a budget at all, here are six sculpture ideas you can use to create some great projects without spending a lot of...

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Sep 10, 2014

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A NEW Pinterest Tip for Lightning Quick Lesson Pl...

A NEW Pinterest Tip for  Lightning Quick Lesson Planning

Summer break is kind of like a dream. I can wake up whenever I want, lounge in my pj’s all day, and pretty much have all the time in the world to accomplish my to-do list. Then the school year hits. Suddenly the alarm clock becomes my worst enemy. I have to start remembering what day of the week it is, and the clock never seems to give me enough time to accomplish everything...

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