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Leftover Acrylic Paint Textured Backgrounds

Do you have leftover paint from a project that you don’t want to waste? These textured backgrounds are easy, so much fun and uses leftover paint that would normally be wasted! I had over 30 paint palettes with random amounts and color leftover from our still life unit. Students love picking out the dried acrylic molds (blows their mind) but I hated the thought of … Continue reading Leftover Acrylic Paint Textured Backgrounds

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Donut Oil Pastel Lesson Plan

My students LOVE drawing donuts. They look forward to it all year when they see the donut artwork hanging from previous classes. This unit is jam packed with art concepts, techniques, vocabulary and so many opportunities to spark creativity. Obviously, I am majorly inspired by Wayne Thiebaud. He was introduced to me by my best friend (who is also an artist, check her amazing work … Continue reading Donut Oil Pastel Lesson Plan

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

Learn how to draw a donut in less than five minutes! This tutorial is fun, super easy and will have you craving donuts as you improve your drawing skills. Sticky post

Easy Drawing Tutorial: DONUT!

My students LOVE drawing donuts. They pop up all over their math papers and personal sketchbooks when I start teaching this lesson. Learn how to draw a donut in less than five minutes! This tutorial is fun, super easy and will have you craving donuts as you improve your drawing skills. Stay tuned for the full lesson plan, complete YouTube tutorials and student art examples! Continue reading Easy Drawing Tutorial: DONUT!

This watercolor time-lapse painting is inspired by the freezing Oklahoma weather with insane winds. It may not be warm and sunny, but at least my mindset can be. Sticky post

Daily Doodle: Ice Cream Watercolor Time Lapse Painting

Oklahoma got cold today. The wind was howling outside my classroom window like a freight train and after school bus duty ruined my great hair day. Days like this make me miss warm weather and sunny days. I painted this ice cream cone in the spirit of positive thinking. Continue reading Daily Doodle: Ice Cream Watercolor Time Lapse Painting

This time-lapse video shows you to paint a succulent plant using acrylic paint and only four colors! Sticky post

Daily Doodle: Succulent Acrylic Painting

This time-lapse video shows you to paint a succulent plant using acrylic paint and only four colors! I’ve been teaching my art students about still life painting and today we start blocking in our greens. I’ll share their in-progress works soon. Continue reading Daily Doodle: Succulent Acrylic Painting

Watercolor fish time lapse painting. After looking at several Matisse still life paintings with goldfish with my students I was inspired to paint fish myself! Watercolor is a great medium for fish and adding pen at the end tightens up this sketch. Sticky post

Watercolor Fish: Daily Doodle

My 6th grade students are starting their cacti and succulent still life artworks and we have been looking at Matisse paintings. I forgot how complex and interesting these paintings are! The goldfish are a vibrant detail that my students always notice. I was so inspired by them myself that I got out my watercolors and painted a couple fish. I love the watercolor effect with … Continue reading Watercolor Fish: Daily Doodle

Nine inspiring artist to make your teaching more diverse. My top list of artists ranging from sculpture, photography, illustration and landscape painting. Help your students see a broader perspective in your art classes. Sticky post

9 Inspiring Artists to Make Your Teaching More Diverse

The history of art is as diverse as humankind. We have been creating art across centuries to connect between language, class, culture, color and gender and all aspects of the human experience. When I first started teaching I was very overwhelmed with the feeling of responsibility. I had over a hundred faces looking up to me (literally) that looked very different from mine and had … Continue reading 9 Inspiring Artists to Make Your Teaching More Diverse

How to help your art students paint from observation. Art education resources and lessons at That Art Teacher. Deer skull paintings by 5th grade students. Sticky post

Skull Painting

“I can’t draw.” Theses words are often heard by art teachers. How do you get kids with limited confidence or experience to practice looking at the world around them and translate that into their artwork? Recently, I challenged myself to teach every familiar lesson a little differently. My school is divided into quarters so I find myself teaching the same lessons four times a year. … Continue reading Skull Painting

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

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