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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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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

Learn how to paint the easiest tulip ever using simple colors and shapes with this watercolor time lapse tutorial!

Daily Doodle | Easiest Tulip Painting Ever

One of the hardest things about creating art is knowing when to stop. This watercolor doodle was an attempt at keeping a tulip as simple as possible! Only a few washes of color with a slight range of value and highlights to make it pop and I called it finished! I let my colors swirl into each other without trying to overwork how they layers. … Continue reading Daily Doodle | Easiest Tulip Painting Ever

Learn how to paint a deer skull with acrylic (or liquid tempera!) paint, oil pastels and baby oil. This is one of my favorite art techniques to teach from 5th-12th grade! It's easy, approachable and has vibrant results. This is perfect or the classroom or the home studio.

Deer Skull Art Tutorial

Learn how to paint a deer skull with acrylic (or liquid tempera!) paint, oil pastels and baby oil. This is one of my favorite art techniques to teach from 5th-12th grade! It’s easy, approachable and has vibrant results. This is perfect or the classroom or the home studio. Continue reading Deer Skull Art Tutorial

Daily Doodle: Crappie Painting

Growing up on the lake, fishing with my dad and grandad was my favorite thing. My siblings and I always thought it was hilarious anytime someone caught a black crappie and loved the excuse to call it a “crappy fish”. https://youtu.be/o72ECTIOdYw Continue reading Daily Doodle: Crappie Painting