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India Ink Skull Artwork

India ink is an excellent material to explore value and contrast, and this india ink skull is a winner with my students! Try out this spooky subject matter using a skull photograph as a reference. We will look at value mapping, painting ink with a brush and add splatters for a fun accent. India Ink Technique Practice Most of my students have no experience with … Continue reading India Ink Skull Artwork

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Colored Pencil Pumpkin Artwork

Fall is here and my students are obsessed with all things Spooky Season! Try out these colored pencil pumpkin artworks focusing on blending dynamic color and value. Colored Pencil Pumpkin Artwork Classroom Ready Tutorial: They have been working really hard on color theory and blending with this abstract artwork and pumpkin drawing made a great extension activity as students finished at different paces. I love … Continue reading Colored Pencil Pumpkin Artwork

Zentangle Art Lessons

This post shares my favorite Zentangle art lessons that are perfect for back to school or anytime throughout the year. I have taught the Zentangle method from 5th-12th grade and I love the individualized results. “Back to school” are my three least favorite words in combination. I love school and I truly love teaching, but as soon as I see the school supplies hitting the … Continue reading Zentangle Art Lessons

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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