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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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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 […]

What is an AP Art Class

What is an AP Art Class

Why would you take an AP art class? What does it get you? While you might have heard of AP English, Biology, or History, you may not realize that there are also 3 types of AP art classes. So why take an AP art class? Why Take an Ap course from louise kane on Vimeo. Get […]

How to Keep your Sanity while teaching

How to Keep your Sanity while teaching

Planning, it’s a dirty little word, that you might be surprised to hear me say…. us artist types aren’t known having great organizational skills.   But I”m planner… also a dreamer… they go well together… because I plan on making my dreams happen, even if those dreams include adopting a mini pig and a goat. […]

Online Art Classes for Homeschoolers

Online Art Classes for Homeschoolers

  You do what? That seems to be the most common response when I tell people that I teach AP art courses online. I’ve been doing it for 4 years and taken many courses online myself, so it seems totally normal to me, however, I realize that might not be the case for everyone. So […]

How to Have more Creative Ideas

How to Have more Creative Ideas

You’re stuck. You can’t seem to come up with any new ideas. So you just sit there and watch another episode of Mind of Chef on Netflix, because at least it’s educationally, and who knows, maybe you’ll become a chef. ( note to self: start researching how to become a chef) I was sitting in […]

How to help students plan + a FREE planning guide

How to help students plan + a FREE planning guide

I was feeling overwhelmed. Juggling way too many projects, which was making me not want to work on any of them, which just made me more overwhelmed. Then I took a deep breadth, and decided to take the advice that I give to my students. Do one thing at a time. It sounds simple, but […]

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 […]