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

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

Watercolor fish time lapse painting. After looking at several Matisse still life paintings with goldfish with my students I was inspired to paint fish myself! Watercolor is a great medium for fish and adding pen at the end tightens up this sketch.

Watercolor Fish: Daily Doodle

My 6th grade students are starting their cacti and succulent still life artworks and we have been looking at Matisse paintings. I forgot how complex and interesting these paintings are! The goldfish are a vibrant detail that my students always notice. I was so inspired by them myself that I got out my watercolors and painted a couple fish. I love the watercolor effect with … Continue reading Watercolor Fish: Daily Doodle