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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Cactus Acrylic Painting Lesson

Try out this simple cactus acrylic painting lesson! It focuses on blending colors directly on the surface and painting a simple object from direct observation. I do this with my sixth graders, but it could totally be adapted for a range of age groups. This lesson has three simple steps to grow confident and creative painters in your classroom. Cactus Acrylic Painting Tutorial This cactus … Continue reading Cactus Acrylic Painting Lesson

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Oil Pastel Candle Art Lesson

Try out this oil pastel candle art lesson for illuminating and expressive results! My intermediate students have loved creating this artwork because there is something so mesmerizing about the glow of candlelight. Throughout art history, candlelight creates drama, mystery and contrast. Check out the full length tutorial: My husband is a painting professor at a small university, and he is obsessed with Caravaggio and De … Continue reading Oil Pastel Candle Art Lesson

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Op Art Tutorials for Beginners

These four Op Art Tutorials for beginners will show you how to make Op Art, an abstract style of art based on creating optical illusions. My students really love creating Op Art because it’s a puzzle for your brain and an artwork rolled into one. I love to use these tutorials as extension activities (or “what do I do when I’m finished” choices…”), sub plans … Continue reading Op Art Tutorials for Beginners

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Torn Paper Galaxy Landscape

Happy 2021! ✨🥳✨ A group of students pulled off these torn paper galaxy landscape artworks on the last day of class of 2020. I was reminded of them waking up to a record snowfall on January 1st, and I don’t know whether to take it as a good or bad sign for what’s to come 😜😳❄️. Check out my classroom ready torn paper galaxy landscape … Continue reading Torn Paper Galaxy Landscape