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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 […]

Professional Development Professional Development

“ 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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The Unstandardized Standard is about breaking the rules. a place where learning and life become about exploration, curiosity, and passion. Your kids are going to school soon and you’re trying to determine what is the best schooling option, but don’t know where to turn. You have a teenager that’s interested in art and you’re worried […]

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How to Use Technology for Art Critiques

How to Use Technology for Art Critiques

As an art teacher, you know that having your students practice the critique process is important, but getting students to give thoughtful feedback and getting everyone to participate can feel like you’re teaching advanced calculus, and we all know that you don’t want to do that. , plus you have such a limited amount of time […]

How to Crochet a Hat ( super easy)

How to Crochet a Hat ( super easy)

  There is something about snow that makes me want to crochet, and once I start crocheting, I have trouble stopping. My husband told me that it was to be 28 degrees, which sent me into some kind of crazy tailspin ( I”m always cold), and was sure that there was no way that I […]

How Do You Advocate for the Arts?

How Do You Advocate for the Arts?

How do You Advocate for the Arts? Love. Love. Love, @heatherdayart .. the colors…layers…. drips…all of it makes me want to grab a brush and make a mess.. 📷 @heatherdayart A post shared by amber kane (@teacher.kane) on Nov 25, 2017 at 2:36pm PST This is a question that I’ve been thinking about a  lot […]

Professional Development for Art Teachers…. the fun kind

Professional Development for Art Teachers…. the fun kind

  What if you did something for yourself? What if you did something just because you wanted to because it seemed like it would be fun? What if didn’t have to turn into a lesson plan, or a thing to sell, what if it was just about joy……   In all of the hustle of […]

How do Differentiate with Sketchbook Prompts

How do Differentiate with Sketchbook Prompts

  In one of my advanced art classes, I have students with a pretty wide range of interests, some that are focused on photography, others drawing, and few others that are really interested in 2D design and abstraction, so I decided that I wanted to create a fun way to give them sketchbook prompts and […]

Art Related Movies on Netflix and Amazon

Art Related Movies on Netflix and Amazon

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My husband and I decided that we were going to see, ” Loving Vincent,” it’s incredibly rare that we go to a movie together, in fact, to the best of our memory we’ve only gone to the movies a handful of times in our 13 years together. We walked the mile to the theater, marched […]

What is the Purpose of Art Education

What is the Purpose of Art Education

  “Art performs this pacifying function in culture… Its practitioners create commonalities… I always quote a guy named Lewis Hyde, who wrote about primitive cultures, where there’s an exchange of gifts that cannot be kept but have to be passed on. And the passing on of gifts is a device to prevent people from killing […]

How to Engage Students with Art History + Community

How to Engage Students with Art History + Community

Showing and talking to students about works of art is one thing, but promoting them to explore the art that exists around them, helps them to both connect to the work and sparks curiosity for further learning and exploration. I spend a lot of time walking around Lancaster City, either going to and from work […]

Tips on Writing SLO’s for the Art Room

Tips on Writing SLO’s for the Art Room

  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 […]

Teacher Tools: Sketchbook Project

Teacher Tools: Sketchbook Project

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After reflecting, I’ve realized that one place that I’d like to make stronger in my classes is the practice of process and using sketchbooks. I want to students of all levels to begin the practice of carrying a sketchbook wherever they go. Using it to write, draw, tape and glue bits and pieces that they find […]

Teacher Tools: Tate Shots: Videos for your art room

Teacher Tools: Tate Shots: Videos for your art room

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While talking to my mom, she mentioned that she was having trouble finding a particular email, when she mentioned this to her boss, in no time he had it. She was impressed with organized she imagined his inbox was and set forth a goal to organize hers as well. She was ready to create endless […]

Teacher Tools: Are you using Adobe Spark?

Teacher Tools: Are you using Adobe Spark?

  I haven’t used Adobe Spark very often, but every time I do sit down and use it, I question why in the world I don’t use it more. It’s easy, like click a few buttons easy, and makes things look beautiful and professional. So this is for you if you’ve never tried, I say […]

An Introduction to Digital Photography

An Introduction to Digital Photography

Digital photography can be a blast to teach, but it also comes with a lot of challenges. You might not have cameras or the proper technology for all of your students. You likely have some students that are great with a DSLR and others that have never seen one before. It’s also very possible that […]

How to make an accordion Sketchbook with Your Students

How to make an accordion Sketchbook with Your Students

When it comes to writing lesson plans and projects planning, sometimes I feel like I have ADD ( which I don’t), but I do have a lot of interest and love learning, which is great but can also get in the way. For example, today I was working on an assignment for a class that […]

Paper Weaving as Design

Paper Weaving as Design

  Yesterday I talked to you about new found love for paper weaving, I mean really, I’m a bit obsessed and plan to spend my weekend just me, the studio, and strips of paper.  In the event that you’re as excited about it as I am, here are some more ideas. Mixed media paper weaving […]

Does Paper Weaving Have to Be Elementary?

Does Paper Weaving Have to Be Elementary?

Making a weaving sketchbook… playing with paper and new patterns. A post shared by amber kane (@teacher.kane) on Aug 25, 2017 at 5:25pm PDT Most people think that weaving, especially paper weaving is something to teach in elementary school. It allows students to use a ruler, scissors, work on fine motor skills and get an […]

How to Connect with your Students

How to Connect with your Students

I had a class of high school students, mostly upperclassmen, they were rowdy, discounted, and working on my nerves. I needed to find a way to connect and quickly. I asked them to write 6-word stories responding to how they felt about school. One boy wrote, “energetic teenage boy, glued to chair,” there were many […]

How to create a Repeat Pattern Design

How to create a Repeat Pattern Design

Over the summer I taught a repeat fabric design class to elementary and middle school students, they loved it! Whenever a class is a hit in person, I work to create an online version, but for some reason, this task felt a bit daunting this time around. Then I signed myself up for Flipping the […]

How to make Posters like a Boss

How to make Posters like a Boss

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    It’s the start of the school year, your classroom walls are bare, you have so many ideas and so much to teach, so you start making posters, and then a few more posters. You’re considering adding poster designer to your resume, but realize that your hands hurt too much to write even one […]

Where to host your videos for your flipped classroom

Where to host your videos for your flipped classroom

When I started teaching online 3 years ago, while there was a lot I wasn’t sure about, I did know that I needed to take advantage of the power of video, something that I’m still exploring and working to improve upon. If you’re going to use video in your classroom, or give the flipped classroom […]

Have you tried making monoprints?

Have you tried making monoprints?

Printmaking might sound like a fun idea, but then you have to figure out how you’re going to afford all of the supplies for your students. I great way to explore printmaking and make a lot of awesome paper at the same time is through creating monoprints. One of my favorite things to use are […]

Have you Tried this Connect the Dots Sketchbook Exercise?

Have you Tried this Connect the Dots Sketchbook Exercise?

  Sketchbooks are a wonderful tool to teach students to use, but they can also feel intimidating to students as they stare at ALL of the blank pages. The exercise below is based on the idea of connecting the dots, but with a slight twist. It helps students to begin understanding how they might design […]

How to get kids Writing..

How to get kids Writing..

So you’ve been told that you need to incorporate more writing into your lessons, and you’re thinking, I don’t have time for that. Maybe you do, and maybe, just maybe you can make it so that your students enjoy it as well. The exercise below is like whisper down the lane but with pictures and […]

A fun and easy sketchbook idea for all students

A fun and easy sketchbook idea for all students

  As art teachers, we’re always trying to come up with new ways to inspire our students and to get them creating in their sketchbooks. Recently I tried out the idea of stickerdoodles with my students and they were a hit. The inspiration for the project came from work I saw on  Heidi Leitzke’s instagram […]

Helping students develop a concentration

Helping students develop a concentration

If you teach AP art, you know that you need to help your students develop a concentration statement, for some students this comes easily while others struggle. The concept of a concentration statement also doesn’t need to be limited to AP classes. It can be a great tool for helping your students to develop a […]

Sketchbook Stickers for your classroom

Sketchbook Stickers for your classroom

I like giving my students creative prompts for their sketchbooks and was playing with the idea of giving them the started drawings that they work to finish but wanted a fun way to incorporate them into their sketchbook. I had some labels lying around and decided to create stickers ( you can do the same […]

Exploring Self Portraits in Art

Exploring Self Portraits in Art

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We just wrapped up a mini unit on,”selfies” and so much fun exploring and creating. Portraits tend to be intimidating as students are sure that they don’t know how to draw eyes and noses, so collage is a nice way to allow them to explore, but remove some of the fear of drawing. We explored […]

An easy way to make and edit videos

An easy way to make and edit videos

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  A video is a great tool for the classroom, both for you the teacher to use, but also for your students, however, you don’t want to spend a lot of money, or have to spend endless hours trying to figure out how to edit a video. Soapbox, makes it easy to both create and […]

Teacher Tools: An Easy Way For your and Your students to make visuals

Teacher Tools: An Easy Way For your and Your students to make visuals

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  You want to make a great new resources to share with your students and or their parents, but InDesign gives you a headache. You want something that works quickly and easily, added bonus if it’s also FREE and easy to use with your students. Guess what Canva is exactly that!!! In the video below, […]

2D Design Lesson Round Up

2D Design Lesson Round Up

  Below is a collection of lessons and inspiration for High School 2D Design.  Sketchbook Inspiration Using 6 Word stories to help students develop ideas Illuminated Manuscript Project Making Marks, creating tools, and cutting Lesson on Design Principles Help students understand appropriation in art

Below you’ll find a list of my favorite tools and websites for integrating Art History and making cultural connections in your classroom. Teacher Tools: Short and Informative Videos about Art Teacher Tools: The Art Story is another goodie for the art history lover, but it’s a great site to let students explore, or to intro other […]

How to organize your Pinterest Account

How to organize your Pinterest Account

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Do you have one Pinterest board where you pin EVERYTHING, making it almost impossible to find what you’re looking for? Do you dream of the day when Pinterest makes it so that you can create a board inside a board? I know that I do! As an art teacher, it can be a challenge to organize all […]

Looking for some sketchbook inspiration?

Looking for some sketchbook inspiration?

  In the last post, we looked a lot of different types of sketchbooks and talked about the pros and cons of many them. I asked you to think about what kind of medium you might use and how that will affect the weight of paper that you need. To think about the size of your […]

How to select the perfect sketchbook

How to select the perfect sketchbook

  A tool that every artist/ creative person should never leave the house without, is a sketchbook, however, going to the art store for the first time to pick out your perfect sketchbook can be a bit overwhelming, as there are so many choices, and you may not be sure how to decide which is […]

Exploring paint mixing: Sketchbook exploration

Exploring paint mixing: Sketchbook exploration

You feel like you should be making something, but you don’t know what to make, and you can’t seem to get yourself to start. You don’t have any good ideas, you don’t have the time, or you aren’t quiet as good at drawing as you want to be. Today I want you to push all […]

11 Ways to use Watercolor

11 Ways to use Watercolor

” To change, we must at some stage understand something differently. Collaborating toward innovation is really about acting into the unknown. When does it all make sense? Only once we do something.” ( From : The Art of Critical Making) Watercolor is such a fun medium, and there are so many things that you can […]

What happens when you don’t know what questions to ask?

What happens when you don’t know what questions to ask?

So you really love making art, you think that you’re pretty good it, but you have no clue what to do next. You’ve taken lessons, watched youtube videos, and thought about highering a private tutor, but you know that being an artist is about more than being able to make pretty things, but you just […]

Are you teaching your students to be creative thinkers?

Are you teaching your students to be creative thinkers?

How to have time to add one more thing to your curriculum. You want to teach your students to be more creative, but you also feel like you don’t enough time to add another thing to your already packed schedule. When thinking about any of your lessons, you need to get to the heart of […]

Teacher Tools: How to use Speech to Text to Help your Students

Teacher Tools: How to use Speech to Text to Help your Students

Do you have students that STRUGGLE with writing? Maybe they can’t seem to get their thoughts down on paper in a coherent fashion. Maybe their handwriting is a disaster, or maybe they just broke the hand that they use to write. Using a speech to text tool is a great adaptation for all of the above. […]

What kind of Job can you get if you love art?

What kind of Job can you get if you love art?

In school, no matter what kind of school it is, we tend to spend a lot of time learning information, skills, and techniques, but we often miss the conversations about how to apply the information or what to do with your new skill set. You’re trying to decide where or if to go to college. […]

How to manage your artroom with online grading

How to manage your artroom with online grading

As an art teacher, it can feel overwhelming to keep track of all of the student’s projects and grades, and still be able to find the surface of your desk. I started out by only grading one or two of my classes work digitally and quickly made the switch to all students. I’ve experimented with […]

Spending more time studying art makes you stand out in a crowd of sameness.

Spending more time studying art makes you stand out in a crowd of sameness.

Spending more time studying art makes you stand out in a crowd of sameness. I don’t mean that you’re going to stand out because you’re suddenly going to start dying your different hair colors and wearing crazy clothes ( although that happens sometimes). Instead, you’re going to stand out because you’re going to have a […]

Teacher Tools 26: How to keep all of your favorite articles organized

Teacher Tools 26: How to keep all of your favorite articles organized

You’re working a project, know that you read a perfect article to go with your research, but you can’t remember where in the world you found the article… Sound familiar?  is a great tool to keep yourself and the articles that you love organized and easy to share. View my Flipboard Magazine. View my Flipboard […]

1 Tool that makes Writing Easier

1 Tool that makes Writing Easier

  I tend to be a fast typer and a terrible editor, so discovering grammarly.com was like a dream come true. Seriously, it’s like having an English teacher looking over your shoulder reminding you to add commas and to stop using really over and over. Maybe you don’t love the idea of having an English […]

Are you Ready for an Advanced Art Class

Are you Ready for an Advanced Art Class

Your son or daughter will be a freshman next year and you’re wondering if either of the AP Studio Art classes would be appropriate.  Your child is mature and diligent, with future aspirations to go to art school and become a professional artist of some kind.  They’ve taken several online art classes and worked with […]

How to take a Gap Year as a Homeschool Student

How to take a Gap Year as a Homeschool Student

Can I still take an AP art or Art History course for credit if I’m taking a gap year? The simple answer is, yes. You’ve finished your high school credits, but aren’t totally sure what you want to do next, so you’re taking a gap year, and but still want to continue your learning. Taking […]

How to cut fabric into one long strip for weaving

How to cut fabric into one long strip for weaving

I’ve always been a fan of rag rugs, but not so much a fan of cutting sheets or t-shirts into strips, until I discovered this method of cutting that makes it nice and easy to make one long strip. To get started we’ll use a scrap piece of paper because it’s much less intimidating than […]

Why Does Art Matter

Why Does Art Matter

Why do I have to learn algebra, when am I ever going to use it? Why do I need to read THIS book, what does it have to do with my life? Kids of all ages are always asking why, and as the adult tasked with responding to them why, it can get a bit […]