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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

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

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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