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Mixed Media Contour Portraits

Contour drawing is my all time favorite way to draw and to teach students to draw from direct observation. This year my students are trying out mixed media contour portraits. We are building on developmental skills while allowing students to get crazy with color and their own personal style. I have done this technique with a wide range of ability levels. From 6th graders to … Continue reading Mixed Media Contour Portraits

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Back to School Resources for Art Teachers

August is my least favorite month. It never gets any easier when the high temperatures of July roll right into August and the back to school ads start running. Although I dread it all summer, I really do love the first couple weeks of school. I get anxious and overwhelmed with all the details, but once the students start walking through my door I feel … Continue reading Back to School Resources for Art Teachers

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How to Draw Basic Human Proportions

This drawing guide is the most basic of the basic! My students are starting their figure drawing unit and we are started at the very beginning (a very good place to start). We are studying basic human proportions by sketching out a figure using simple shapes and eight even sections. We used rulers, pencils and sketch paper to draw each simplified body part and where … Continue reading How to Draw Basic Human Proportions

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Colored Pencil Color Theory Lesson

Try out this colored pencil color theory lesson in your art classroom, with home school students or distance learning! Colored Pencil Color Theory Lesson This video walks you through the steps I used with my mixed group of 10-12th graders. Feel free to use it, or keep reading if you don’t prefer a video format. My Art II students embarked on their color theory exploration … Continue reading Colored Pencil Color Theory Lesson

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Modular Sculpture Art Lesson

Modular Sculpture: Easy 3D Lesson If you are looking for an inexpensive sculpture assignment that teaches the foundations of 3D art, try out this modular sculpture art lesson!  I taught this to my 3D Design class that always has quite a mixed bag of students.  Many have not taken any other art class in high school and are true beginners.  I wanted to teach a … Continue reading Modular Sculpture Art Lesson