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Distance Learning Shading Lessons

This post will describe and provide guided tutorials for five distance learning shading lessons that can also be done in a traditional classroom or at home. I have been back at work for two confusing weeks of professional development training for our “new normal” (anyone else sick of this term already?). Our student start date was pushed back and the eyes of our parents and … Continue reading Distance Learning Shading Lessons

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Colored Pencil Name Design

This colored pencil name design is totally classroom ready and adaptable for whatever your teaching situation you find yourself in. You can use this for distance learning, a social distanced classroom, home school or for the independent artist looking to enhance their colored pencil skills. My head is spinning trying to find distance learning art lessons that also can be used in the art classroom … Continue reading Colored Pencil Name Design

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Clay Figure Sculpture

I am hoping this school year will be one for trying out brand new ideas or bringing back old favorites. Nothings stretches your imagination like teaching during a global pandemic, right? I always want my students to have opportunities to create sculpture. In 2020, a social distanced art room is very different than the hustle and bustle of a clay clean-up from the past. How … Continue reading Clay Figure Sculpture

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Art Distance Learning Ideas

The year 2020 will be one of those years we never forget. It has completely turned public education on it’s head leaving students, parents and teachers feeling overwhelmed and anxious. This post includes links to FREE full length video tutorials that I have either used, or plan to use, for distance learning. They can be done at home just for fun, in a distance learning … Continue reading Art Distance Learning Ideas

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Surrealism Inspired Collage Artworks

Collage is a great technique to explore creativity and happenstance. You can’t plan exactly how it will turn out because you are limited to the images you have in your source materials. Its great for the classroom of any level because the “I can’t draw kids” can work on expressing ideas without relying on their technical skills. In this post, I will share TWO collage … Continue reading Surrealism Inspired Collage Artworks

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Easy Watercolor Tutorials for Beginners

Summmmmmmmmmer time and the living’s easy! The summer of 2020 is the perfect time to engage your brain in something other than scrolling social media in a paralyzed panic. Being a teacher in 2020 has stretched my limits of anxiety and I vowed this summer to let go, relax and paint fun things for myself. This post has four of my favorite watercolor tutorials that … Continue reading Easy Watercolor Tutorials for Beginners

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4 Distance Learning Colored Pencil Art Tutorials

Colored pencils are inexpensive, easy to transport and produce fantastic results. I remember falling in love with colored pencils in my high school art class. I loved how they blended and I was obsessed with pressing down so hard my hand would hurt. They are a great learning tool for color because you can blend and shade without the mess of paint. I love using … Continue reading 4 Distance Learning Colored Pencil Art Tutorials

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Step by Step Sketchbook Drawing Prompts

Practicing basic drawing techniques can help artists of all ages build confidence and sharpen their technical skills. I love having my students keep a sketchbook. It’s a great opportunity for students to practice foundational skills, brainstorm artwork ideas, and write and reflect about their own artwork and the artwork of others. It’s a great place to hit all of the standards of teaching that are … Continue reading Step by Step Sketchbook Drawing Prompts

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Inside My Head Collage

Classroom Ready Guided Tutorial: We are living in historic times. Students today are surrounded by uncertainty and disrupted routines. I like to think I am a well adjusted adult, and I am STRUGGLING with how my daily life has changed in 2020. Creating art is such a powerful tool to explore our thoughts, emotions, beliefs and values. I tell my students as often as possible … Continue reading Inside My Head Collage

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Gray Scale Pet Portrait

This beginner friendly pet portrait tutorial will show you how to mix a variety of gray values to capture the likeness of your pet! All you need is a gray scale animal photograph, black and white paint, an accent color for your background and a couple round (or whatever you prefer!) paintbrushes. Learn the basics of mixing paint with this gray seven step value scale: … Continue reading Gray Scale Pet Portrait

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Two Point Perspective | Drawing & Shading Exercise

Learn how to draw using 2-D perspective and how to shade planes to create a 3-D looking drawing. This is an essential drawing skill for artists on any level and is really easy to learn. Once you’ve mastered drawing one box, all you do is repeat your steps. Download the PDF! Continue reading Two Point Perspective | Drawing & Shading Exercise

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Blackout Poetry

Download the PDF! This easy art tutorial will show you how to transform an old book page (or anything you have with text on it if you can’t imagine ripping up a book) into a fusion of visual art and poetry. This is a great way to integrate writing and visual art and the results are always stunning. Continue reading Blackout Poetry

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3 Artworks You Can Create With Homemade Air Dry Clay

Download the PDF! Homemade Clay Recipe: Make your own air dry using three ingredients you already have in your kitchen! I have created several of my favorite clay lessons out of this clay and it is perfect if you are stuck at home without your art supplies. -Baking Soda 2 cups -Cornstarch 1 cup -Water 1 1/4 cups Clay Mask This is one of my … Continue reading 3 Artworks You Can Create With Homemade Air Dry Clay

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Homemade Air Dry Clay Mask

This is one of my favorite clay lessons adapted to be done at home with homemade modeling clay or whatever clay you have on hand. I will show you how to sculpt facial features to show expression and mood. You can decorate air dry clay with almost anything! I will show you how to use Crayola markers on air dry clay to create a watercolor … Continue reading Homemade Air Dry Clay Mask

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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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Contour Drawing | Distance Learning Lesson

Learn how to do three different kinds of contour drawing: blind contour, modified contour and contour drawing. This technique is a MUST for artists of all levels and abilities! Enhance your sketchbook pages with lots of practice and elevate a contour drawing by doing it on top of marbled paper or watercolor drip paper. Download the PDF to share with your students, family or to … Continue reading Contour Drawing | Distance Learning Lesson

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Eye Self Portrait | Distance Learning Lesson

Learn how to express yourself with this easy eye drawing tutorial! Start with drawing a basic eye with shading and then branch out with self-portrait symbols that describe YOU. Download the PDF to share with your students, family or yourself! 🙂 Helpful Tutorials: Continue reading Eye Self Portrait | Distance Learning Lesson

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4 Artworks You Can Do At Home

We all have a little extra time on our hands. Try these four artworks at home to embrace your creativity during these uncertain weeks. All you need are colored pencils, watercolor paint, a pen or pencil and a glue stick. <3 1. Colored Pencil Plant Drawing Learn how to use basic colored pencils to shade and blend a zoomed in succulent plant so that it … Continue reading 4 Artworks You Can Do At Home

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6 Artworks You Can Do With Just a Pencil

Download the PDF 🙂 We are living in unprecedented times. I have felt so many emotions since school in Oklahoma was canceled for the year and Covid 19 has taken over our daily conversations. I have had many moments of anxiety and fear, but I have also felt an overwhelming sense of community and creativity. We are all having to approach the world with a … Continue reading 6 Artworks You Can Do With Just a Pencil

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Everything You Need to Know About Firing a Kiln

Firing a kiln can be an exciting and terrifying experience. The vision of fire truck sirens and billowy smoke is enough to keep you awake at night. Will I burn down the school? Will one hundred student artworks explode into smithereens? Why did they not teach me how to do this in my college ceramics class!? This post is a compilation of my advice and … Continue reading Everything You Need to Know About Firing a Kiln

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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

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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

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Eye Self-Portrait Lesson Plan

I love the rhythm of a school schedule. Looking at a calendar and seeing my year broken into chunks of work and rest give me a sense of clarity. That being said, nothing is more real than the anxiety and panic of a Sunday night after a long break. (Or any Sunday night?). Did I set my alarm correctly? Did I print my new rosters? … Continue reading Eye Self-Portrait Lesson Plan

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Expressive Masks: Picasso & African Mask 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 Mask Lesson Plan