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Teacher Tools: How to make a fillable PDF

Teacher Tools: How to make a fillable PDF

I love using google drive, and canva to create PDF’s, but sometimes I always want people to be able to type into those PDF’s. In the video below I”ll show you how to make any PDF fillable, for free.

How to Teacher Art History without Lecturing

How to Teacher Art History without Lecturing

Students don’t learn from teacher’s that stand in front of the classroom and lecture, however, all too often that’s how we teach art history. I”m always working to develop new ways to have my students interacting with the works of art, thinking about them, responding to them, asking questions, and making connections. While watching ” […]

Creativity Defined

Creativity Defined

 A collection of my favorite thoughts and reflections on creativity. ( Audio recording at the end of the post) ” Through art alone are we able to emerge from ourselves, to know what another person sees of the universe which is not the same as our own and of which, without art, the landscapes would […]

How to Set Measurable Goals for Yourself and Your Students

How to Set Measurable Goals for Yourself and Your Students

  It’s the time of the year when you need to write out goals for yourself and for your students, this often seems a bit tricky when it comes to art, because these goals also have to be tracked and assessed, aka tied to data. You probably stay away from giving tests in your art […]

How Artist Megan Auman Finds Inspiration and Keeps Creating

How Artist Megan Auman Finds Inspiration and Keeps Creating

Megan mentions that she’s not super productive in the afternoon, so instead of freaking out ( which she sort of did at first), show now goes for a walk, or takes a nap. The main idea is that it’s important to understand you’re own creative process. While I fully understand, that it’s not always simple […]

Digital Photography Lesson Round-up

Digital Photography Lesson Round-up

While my first year of teaching was 10 years ago, I still have some pretty distinct memories of excitement and terror when I was handed my schedule;  Darkroom Photography Digital Photography Jewelry/Metals Foundations Sculpture I had no experience or background in jewelry/metals, and while I’d taken a film photography class in college, taking a class, […]

How to Balance Instruction and Experimentation in a TAB Classroom

How to Balance Instruction and Experimentation in a TAB Classroom

When teaching digital photography to students, I always find that it’s a bit of a dance between the technical elements, with allowing time and space for experimentation and discovery. I once read a quote, ( can’t remember who in the world said it, and google doesn’t seem to be sure either), but it’s good none […]

How to Make Cool Graphics for Teachers pay Teachers

How to Make Cool Graphics for Teachers pay Teachers

  I received a text from my brother, he’s an elementary physical edu teacher, he wanted to know if I could help him up his game on making graphics for Teachers Pay Teachers. As any good sister/ art teacher I said of course. However, that made me realize that if he needs help, you just […]

What the Teacher Wore: How to wear a Head Scarf

What the Teacher Wore: How to wear a Head Scarf

A photo posted by Amber Kane (@amberkanescarves) on Sep 1, 2016 at 11:09am PDT I’ve been trying to find ways to blend my two worlds, teaching and designing, and suddenly , as in a few hours ago, it hit me.  I can “what the teacher wore”, posts and also do a little bit of teaching […]

Helping Students Understand Content and Context in Art History

Helping Students Understand Content and Context in Art History

Previously, when teaching Art History, students were often confused about the idea of content and context and how it relates to works of art. This year I develop 3 new exercises to walk them through, and now they are understanding it like nobodies business!!!! Here is the video that walks students through the 3 exercises, […]

Troubleshooting Digital Photography: How to have Better Photos

Troubleshooting Digital Photography: How to have Better Photos

  After teaching photography for 10 years, there are certain problems that students seem to encounter no matter what. I’ve created three handouts that address the 3 most common problems, and possible solutions. Video 1: What to do if your photos are too dark   Video 2: What to do if you photos are coming […]

An Introduction to the Creative Process, How Artist Come up with Ideas

An Introduction to the Creative Process, How Artist Come up with Ideas

” Creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value.” Ken Robinson ” Imagination is the root of creativity. It is the ability to bring to mind things that aren’t present to ourselves. Creativity is applied imagination. ” Ken Robinson When I tell people that I’m an artist and art teacher here the […]

What Questions Art Historians Ask

  Over the weekend my husband and I headed to the Phildelphia Museum of Art. We first checked out the contemporary section, they had a lot of Cy Twombly’s work on display, and I love his mark making. A lot of people look at his work and see childlike scribbles. I see layers, pain, sadness… […]

How to Stay Organized as a New Teacher

I was 22, fresh out of college and freshly married. They handed me the keys to not one but 2 high school art rooms, that were all mine!!! Along with the keys, came a stack of class rosters, revealing that I was going to be teaching, jewelry/metals, darkroom photography, digital photography, sculpture, and foundations of […]

How to Help Students Develop Ideas

Everybody gets stuck sometimes, but one of the harder things about bringing choice into your classroom, is finding ways to deal with students that can’t seem to come up with anything. Leaving them sitting, staring at a blank page, ask you for ideas. A few years ago I brought the concept of an “idea generation” […]

What’s the Point

What are you actually doing when you’re writing lesson plans, correcting papers, and grading projects? What are you really doing when you’re scrounging for supplies because your budget ( okay, you don’t even have a budget) never covers everything that your students need. What are you doing when you spend your summer going to professional […]

2 Easy ways to kids writing, and 1 way to organize your books

“It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.” – Ernest Hemingway For the years that I taught in the public school system, we, the art teachers, were always being told that we needed to find ways to bring math, writing, and reading into […]

What do You Want to Become?

Ever imagine what you want to become when you “grow up”? When I was little , I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. Yes, I was one of “those” people, that always knew what they wanted to be. I spent my time teaching both real and pretend students, assigning the neighbors homework, and […]

How to have better ideas

When you ask the wrong questions, or not enough questions, you get the wrong answer.  Lowe’s was having a .99 paint sample sale, which to an artist, is pretty darn exciting. Sorry, the sale is over as I”m writing this to you. It was perfect timing as I’d recently decided that I want to paint […]

Refuse to Quit, How to Become an Artist

Art has always been a major highlight and focus of not only your education, but your life. You have consistently been drawn to areas that involve artistry and innovation. Your early memories include going to art classes with your mother, looking over her shoulder and being fascinated by the creative process. The idea of manifesting […]

Everybody Loves Inservice

I had a love/ hate relationship with inservice. And the only reason that I say, “had”, is because I no longer work for the public school system, and inservice is a thing of my past. Now, I realize that I may have lost you when I said the words love and inservice to very close […]

Let’s get the pARTy stARTed. 3 lessons for Secondary ART teachers

The start of a new school year or semester always comes with a lot of emotions. There’s excitement, nerves, overwhelm, and the feeling of wondering if you’re good enough, and most importantly if any of your friends are going to be in your class. While students are comparing schedules, us teachers, and writing lessons, stretching […]

A complete guide to stocking your Art supply closet

After a year and half, our little yard is no longer a big pile of dirt, it has a patio, flower beds, and grass is growing!! These things are excited in and of themselves, but the really excited part is that means that it’s time to add all of the fun details….. DECORATE… and, well […]

What makes art, art?

I walk a mile to work each day, and no this isn’t like one of those stories that your parents or grandparents tell you about they had a walk a mile up hill in the snow to get to school, when they really lived next door to the school, I really do walk a mile […]