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You want to go to college for art, you know that you need to put an art portfolio together (  you’re crossing your fingers that it might even earn you some scholarship money), but you have no idea what to include. You’re feeling overwhelmed and lost, and just want someone to tell you what to […]

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“ A culture of creativity has to involve everyone, not just a select few.” Ken Robinson You’re focusing on 21st Century learning skills and you understand things like collaboration and teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving, but your not sure about creativity and imagination. You feel like you don’t have a creative bone in your […]

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How to prep student work for an ARt show…. without losing your mind

How to prep student work for an ARt show…. without losing your mind

It’s that time of the year where most art teachers are simultaneously thinking, this art show is going to be great, and why in the world are we having an art show!!!! Art shows are no joke, they’re a lot of work, and it often seems like it takes weeks to prep, and then the […]

How to help students develop interesting ideas

How to help students develop interesting ideas

  You’ve given your students a list of project choices for 3D materials and they’re asking questions like…. “Can I make a cardboard cutout of my initials and decorate it with flowers?” “Can I cut out a heart and put pictures on it?” This makes you want to slam your head into the chalkboard… you’re just waiting […]

How to help students prepare their AP Portfolio

How to help students prepare their AP Portfolio

  Not sure what all of the steps are that you need to do to get your students AP art portfolios ready and submitted to the college board? It’s that time of year, where you look at the calendar, look back at your AP art syllabus and realize it’s crunch time. Students need to be […]

How to Make sure your art students are on track

How to Make sure your art students are on track

This is a good one to tuck away for a rainy day ( or a sub plan!!!) We like doing what we’re used to doing, our students are the same way, and I can’t really blame them. But in AP art they really need to push themselves, demonstrate an understanding of the principles of art, […]

How to decide which art museum to visit

How to decide which art museum to visit

You’re heading to New York City for a day or two, you have limited time and a limited budget, but you also have an art lover in the family that really wants to go to at least one art museum, now how do you pick one? Students often ask , when they’re headed to a […]

One easy way to change the conversation and be an art advocate

One easy way to change the conversation and be an art advocate

Why does art matter? What is the purpose of creativity? Do these questions sound familiar? When someone asks one of these questions, they’re usually coming from one of two camps. 1. They’re actually curious and really do want to have better understand of why art matters. 2. They’re trying to ruffle some feathers, because they’ve […]

How to decide what kind of loom to buy

How to decide what kind of loom to buy

Are you trying to decide if you want to get a floor loom or a Mirrix, and wondering what’s the difference? As an owner and user of both, I’m going to share the similarities and differences between the two. First we’re going to talk about a floor loom. I’ll always have a special place in […]

How to weave a Soumack Stitch  + mini studio tour

How to weave a Soumack Stitch + mini studio tour

While I share a lot of art lessons and ideas on this site, I’ve realized that for some strange reason I’m never teaching you anything about textiles ( and that’s my thing). So, we’re going to work on changing that, and I’ll be adding some weaving/ fiber art lessons, ideas, and inspiration into the mix. […]

How to help students in develop ideas in a TAB classroom

How to help students in develop ideas in a TAB classroom

Photo students are working on developing their final project proposal. They’ve written down some ideas, brainstormed questions, and determined what they already know about the topic and what they still need to know, they’re off to a good start, but need to go a bit deeper with their ideas and consider some different approaches. There […]

How to make tests and quizzes online

How to make tests and quizzes online

Do you give test in your art room? Sometimes, even as art teachers, we have to create these crazy things called test, and who in the world wants to grade a test, or waste precious making time giving kids a test? Not this lady right here, and I’m guessing not you either. I’m lovin classmarker.com […]

How to put together an Art Portfolio

How to put together an Art Portfolio

  Near the end of the school year juniors and seniors flock into my artroom as they realize they need an art portfolio to apply to college. The stress arises because while many colleges tell students that they need to submit a portfolio, they aren’t overtly clear as to what needs to be included in a […]

Classroom Management Tips for the Art Room

Classroom Management Tips for the Art Room

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Wash your paint brush in the sink, put your name on your paper, put your painting onto the drying rack, why are there all of these dirty brushes in the sink…… Clean up in the art room can be a real BEAST!!! Like the kind of beast that you wish would just come and put […]

How to save time while grading Students Projects

How to save time while grading Students Projects

  I’ve never met a teacher of any kind/subject, that says that they love grading. It takes a lot of time and often feels like the students don’t even look at, let alone apply the given feedback. You have piles of work, taking over your desk, so you take it home ( telling yourself that […]

Fast and Easy ways to make video for your classroom

Fast and Easy ways to make video for your classroom

A side of affect of teaching art online, is creating A TON, of video, however, video isn’t just helpful for those of you that teach online, it’s also a great tool to flipping the classroom. An added bonus, is that it can be super helpful when you have a sub. Save your videos to a […]

Teacher Tools: How to Help your Students Check their writing

Teacher Tools: How to Help your Students Check their writing

Sometimes I love reading my students writing, and then , well, then there are other times, when I feel slightly different about the whole situation. ( You know what I mean). You might also be thinking, wait, I thought that you taught art, so why in the world are you talking about writing? Students do […]

How to Help Students Find the Answer

How to Help Students Find the Answer

  While learning about creating visual texture: student: is mine good? me: Do you have at least 2 textures? student: I think me: What are they student: a scarf me: what texture is that? student: I don’t know me: What does a scarf feel like? student: soft so your texture is soft, what’s your other […]

Does Grading Art Matter

Does Grading Art Matter

You hate grading right? There’s a pile of project , scratch that, that’s a MOUNTAIN  of projects taking over your desk, and you really really want to skip the grading part. But, since art is graded in college, are you setting your students up for a disaster? I don’t know that I’ve ever met a […]

How to ask meaningful questions in the artroom

How to ask meaningful questions in the artroom

Questioning is one of the best ways to help students to take ownership of their work and to help them learn how to make decisions and recognize why they’re making them. In the beginning it can be challenging to know what kind of questions to ask that will lead your students to have thoughtful and […]

Teacher Tools: Short and Informative Videos about Art

Teacher Tools: Short and Informative Videos about Art

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  I don’t know about you, but I get so crazy excited when I find a new and inspiring resource, and well, that’s what just happened. I was looking for something totally different and stumbled across this awesome resource on the MET site. It’s quickly becoming my go to , to listen to each morning, […]

DIY: How to have fun making your own painted envelopes

DIY: How to have fun making your own painted envelopes

During my first or second year of teaching, I decided that I wanted to write a personal letter to every one of my students, yes all 150+ of them. It took some time, but I did it. They loved it, and felt so good to sit down each day, reflect on each individual student and […]

Teacher Tools: FREE online Programs to Edit your Photos

Teacher Tools: FREE online Programs to Edit your Photos

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  There are lots and lots of tools and apps out there for editing photos, so don’t think that these are the only ones. These are simply ones that myself and my students enjoy using. Below I talk about Befunky.com and pixlr.com I also mentioned Canva, which isn’t a photo editing tool, but is great […]

Teacher Tools: How to make a Stop Action Movie

Teacher Tools: How to make a Stop Action Movie

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I always loved stopped action videos, and so did my students, but we needed a fast and easy way to make them, and that’s where picassa comes in. While you can create stop action with a variety of programs, by far picassa is so simple, with a few clicks your photos transform into a fun […]

How to make an Illuminated Manuscript

How to make an Illuminated Manuscript

I know that I’m onto something when students thank me for creating and project, and continually tell me how much fun they’re having. That’s what happened with this Illuminated Manuscript Project. While most of the time my class is choice/TAB ( teaching for artistic behavior), where students develop their own ideas and prompts, they also […]

Do You have to come up with New Projects every year?

Do You have to come up with New Projects every year?

Do I have to come up with ALL new projects every year? Am I a slacker if I don’t? Am I a bad teacher if I buy and use other teacher’s plans?   There’s no hard and steadfast rule that answers the above questions, but if you’re hanging out on the internet or with a […]

Things we did well and not so well :(

Yesterday, artist Dave Conrey, sent out an email looking back on 2016 and planning for 2017. He broke it into 3 categories, which I liked as a way to review/ plan for myself, and also think it’s a great thing to do with our students. Things that I did well in 2016 Focused on my […]

How to be Creative with Combination

How to be Creative with Combination

” The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. ” ( author unknown) ~ Visual Intelligence One of my favorite things about creativity is coming up with new combinations, which is probably why I got all kinds of excited while reading the first few pages of Visual Intelligence. […]

Teacher Tools: The Art Story

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  The Art Story is another goodie for the art history lover, but it’s a great site to let students explore, or to into other subjects like history. It can fun and interesting to allow students to explore what type of art was being created during a certain time in history, and then analyze how […]

Imagination as a Learning Tool

Imagination as a Learning Tool

The winter Olympics have long since passed, but the snow covered ground reminded me of this lesson filled with imagination that my brother my created. While most of my lessons and writing focus on the art classroom ( because that’s what I teach), it’s also important to remember that creativity and imagination can be wonderful […]

Getting started with a New Year

Getting started with a New Year

I like to treat a new semester like a brand new school year. It’s a fresh start for you and your students, a chance to do better. To improve, and hopefully not make the same mistakes. It’s a chance to get back on track. Here’s what I’m trying out this semester. Select a theme for […]

What to do when another teacher asks for art supplies

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I’ve been thinking a lot about communication, more specifically , how I want to be communicated with, and I’m feeling like it’s a bit crazy that I’m just thinking about this now.  I teach both in person and online, and something that I’ve learned from teaching online, is that for it to work well, and […]

Tips on asking for a Recommendation Letter

Tips on asking for a Recommendation Letter

You know that you need a recommendation letter for a college application, your dream job, or a special program that you really want to get into. What you aren’t sure about , is the best way to go about asking your teacher for a recommendation. First remember that you’re teachers want you to succeed, and […]

Art Lesson Inspiration: Making Marks, creating tools, & cutting

You can use this is inspiration for a long lesson, or a short one class activity. I find that it’s a fun way to get students experimenting, creating, and curious. Episode #212: This episode features Joan Jonas drawing in her Manhattan studio, and on stage at the Umeå Jazz Festival in Sweden. “Drawing is like […]

Teacher Tools: Art 21

Teacher Tools: Art 21

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  ART 21 is one of those sites that I tend to binge on and then totally forget about, until something reminds me that it exists again. So here’s a reminder if you’re like me, or an intro in case you’ve never checked Art 21. It’s a great resource for inspiration and learning about artist […]

Teacher Tools: Online Learning with Highbrow

Teacher Tools: Online Learning with Highbrow

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  Highbrow is a great site to keep you learning a little bit everyday.Perfect for in the classroom or at home.

10 Movies for the Art Lover

10 Movies for the Art Lover

10 Movies for the art lover to watch on Netflix.  ( this is not an all encompassing list, these are movies that I’ve watched and enjoyed. ) If you’re planning to watch any with your students , please be sure to preview first. Big Eyes Frida Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer The First Monday in […]

Project: Creating your own Art Exhibit: Student Example

Project: Creating your own Art Exhibit: Student Example

    I’ve been sharing the Art Curator project that my Art History students have been working on, they just turned them in, and let me tell you, they are awesome, and even fun to grade. In the video below, I’m sharing a mini preview of one of the students exhibits, plus the really cool […]

3 Tools for Time Management

3 Tools for Time Management

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Being a teacher is a demanding job in many ways, but one big is the amount of time. Time for grading, teaching, writing lessons plans, testing projects, meeting with parents, and going to professional development training. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, and even easier to compare yourself to others and feel like someone they have […]

6 tools to make teaching art history easier

6 tools to make teaching art history easier

For those of you that teach art history as a stand alone course, or if you just want to bring a bit more art history into your classroom, below you’ll find a collection of some of current favorite lessons, and website for inspiration. Hear other artist talk about art: The Artist Project A fun and […]

3 Ways to Get Re-inspired with Sketchbooks

Sometimes I feel like I under utilize sketchbooks both in my classroom and in my own personal practice as an artist. Recently I’ve been re inspired to think about using and having my students use sketchbooks more often. The two videos below I created for my AP drawing and AP 2D students, however, they would […]

A Collection of Drawing & High School Art Lessons

A Collection of Drawing & High School Art Lessons

  So that you don’t have to spend time searching , below is a collection of the most popular posts that relate to Drawing & teaching high school art. Help students understand the Drawing Issues ( AP Drawing) Students explore and define appropriation in art  Lesson to help students develop their own ideas, and get […]

Helping Students Understand and Uncover Personal Voice

Helping Students Understand and Uncover Personal Voice

  It can be a real challenge to help students to uncover and develop their own personal voice in their work, but I have found that a good start to the process, is having them learn how to pull out what other artists are doing. Oftentimes it’s easier to unpack how another artist is creating […]

Teacher Tools: The Artist Project

Teacher Tools: The Artist Project

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  If you’re anything like me, you uncover a great website, you love it, it gives you ideas, saves you time, and then somehow you completely forget about it. Yesterday I was working on some new lesson plans, thinking , I know that there is this site with videos of artist talking about other art, […]

Emergency Sub Plan: Are your students using the Design Principles?

Emergency Sub Plan: Are your students using the Design Principles?

This is a good one to tuck away for a rainy day ( or a sub plan!!!) We like doing what we’re used to doing, our students are the same way, and I can’t really blame them. But in AP they really need to push themselves, demonstrate an understanding of the principles of art, and […]

Becoming an Art Curator: Exploring Art history

I’m always trying to find ways to make lessons more student centered, and tied to potential careers in the arts. This year, students in my art history class, are curating their own exhibit, and it’s working even better than I’d imagined. The students are excited and engaged. They’re learning from each other, and gaining a […]

Teacher Tools: Grading made easier with google drive

Teacher Tools: Grading made easier with google drive

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Do you hate grading, hate making copy of copy ( and then the machine jams 15 times in the process ) of rubrics that you’re students just lose? Are you tired of having piles of projects teetering  your desk? Me too! Here’s how I use google drive to grade student artwork. Buy it nowBest ecommerce […]

Teacher Tools: National Core Art Standards

Teacher Tools: National Core Art Standards

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As with anything new, the National core art standards were a bit confusing when they first came out, however, after spending time playing around on the website, and chatting with other art teachers, I’m pretty much in love with them now. The custom workbook has quickly become my best friend, and is a powerful tool […]

Talking to Students about feelings and the future

  As a teacher, you can go years without really feeling like you’ve made a difference, and then you receive an email like this one.  This may be weird but I feel your the only person I can ask about this.. I am well really lost about what to do for college.  I feel so […]

How to Keep your Students Engaged

How to Keep your Students Engaged

  It can be hard to know how to keep all of your students engaged, to check for understanding, or to come up with fun ways for students to review important facts and concepts. Kahoot.it is a great ( and free) program that engages all of your students in a fun and interactive review game. […]