Jazz Printmaking & Collage Art Lesson Plan Sticky post

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

Multi-grade still life lesson plan using acrylic paint and a variety of collage techniques!

Mixed Media Cactus Plant Still Life

One of my goals this year was to teach more drawing and painting from direct observation. I’ve always loved drawing and painting plants, and lately I’ve been obsessed with watercolor cactus doodles. I knew I wanted student’s to draw cactus plants but I didn’t have any for them to observe. A quick email sent to my coworkers provided plenty of plants and inspiration! Our Spanish … Continue reading Mixed Media Cactus Plant Still Life

5 ways to improve your classroom management overnight.

5 Ways to Improve Your Classroom Management Overnight

I was so scared I was going to be a bad teacher. I have loved art since I was a kid. I grew up in a creative household that put art, music and creative expression before anything else. We painted and drew around the kitchen table daily, made homemade movies on the weekends and I got my first ukulele when I was a toddler. Art … Continue reading 5 Ways to Improve Your Classroom Management Overnight

Teachers: 4 Things to Remember When You Feel Burned Out

TEACHERS: 4 Things To Remember When You Feel Burned Out

It’s the time of year when teaching is so hard. Endless days of inside recess, testing season looming and no break in sight. Student behavior is getting intense and patience is wearing thin. I’m going to say it again: Teaching is SO hard. We all have horror stories. Things that happened at school that made you go home and polish your resume. Being told to … Continue reading TEACHERS: 4 Things To Remember When You Feel Burned Out

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

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