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Collab Drawing Game | Digital Teaching Lesson

This collaborative drawing game ends up with hilarious results that are just as crazy as the name Exquisite Corpse. Exquisite Corpse is a drawing game invented by Surrealist artists to collaborate and create spontaneous images as a group of artists. This game was also a favorite of artist Frida Kahlo which is all I need to know to love it. You can do this in … Continue reading Collab Drawing Game | Digital Teaching Lesson

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Textured Tiles | Clay Lesson Plan

Clay can be the best and worst thing to happen in an art room. It can be a magical and intense experience for both the students and the art teacher. Once students get over the messy aspect of clay, they are completely mesmerized by the tactile and time consuming process. The illusive kiln, the obsessive smoothing, the endless need to score and slip…. I LOVE … Continue reading Textured Tiles | Clay Lesson Plan

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Face Jug Lesson Plan | Pottery & American History

One of my favorite artworks of all time was taught to me by my 7th grade art teacher, Mr. Lenzo. We created face jugs using clay, drip glazes and even added marbles to the eyes for an amazing effect that my 12 year old self had never seen. It was clear that ceramics was his area of expertise. I don’t remember a lot about middle … Continue reading Face Jug Lesson Plan | Pottery & American History

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Tree of Life Acrylic Painting Lesson Plan

TESTING SEASON. One of the most dreaded words in a teacher’s vocabulary. Testing completely throws off any routine or schedule we’ve worked hard all year to maintain! For my school, we completely flip-flop schedules and have SILENT transitions and SILENT lunches. Silent is not in a 10-12 year old’s vocabulary. During test seasons, I try to teach a lesson that is so interesting and engaging … Continue reading Tree of Life Acrylic Painting Lesson Plan

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Jazz Collage and Printmaking: Cross Curricular Art Unit

This cross curricular unit started with a question: How can I incorporate printmaking in my art class without a printing press and without the budget to buy linoleum or carving tools? Printmaking has always been my weak area in my teaching game. I’ve always felt like it’s a lot of extra work for unpredictable results. Forgive me, printmakers!!!! As an artist, I prefer to draw … Continue reading Jazz Collage and Printmaking: Cross Curricular Art Unit

Learn basic pottery handbuilding techniques with this video! How to make a pinch pot, coil building and how to score and slip your clay together. Sticky post

Pottery Tutorial: Handbuilding Basics

This video tutorial will teach you how to make a pinch pot, coil building and how to score and slip your clay. Perfect for artists learning a new medium or in the classroom. Click the link to learn everything you need to know about the basics of handbuilding! Don’t let not having a kiln stop you! I went from running my school’s ceramics program to … Continue reading Pottery Tutorial: Handbuilding Basics

Full lesson plan and complete video tutorials! Great for teaching beginners how to use acrylic paint. Sticky post

Monochromatic Night Landscape: Art Lesson Plan and Video Tutorials

I used to be scared to give acrylic paint to my 5th graders. ACRYLIC PAINT STAINS FOREVER would flash through my mind any time I imagined my youngest artists. They still fall out of their chairs! They still rocket puke without warning! With experience, I realized that when you give nice art supplies to kids they take more pride in their work and they make … Continue reading Monochromatic Night Landscape: Art Lesson Plan and Video Tutorials

Art lesson plan and video tutorials! Expressive mask sculptures using cardboard and oil pastels. So many art history and cultural connections and great for art teachers on a budget! Sticky post

Expressive Masks: Picasso & African Art Lesson Plan

Every new art teacher can relate to the first moment they walk into their inherited art room.  What did the former teacher leave behind?  What supplies will be found in the Narnia of the art education world: THE SUPPLY CLOSET?! Maybe the previous teacher was a hoarder (guilty).  Or a type A super organizer (not guilty).  Or maybe you are the lucky teacher who gets … Continue reading Expressive Masks: Picasso & African Art Lesson Plan