Hybrid Connect Error : Connector could not be found

"Everything you can imagine is real." Pablo Picasso

Art Portfolio Feedback Art Portfolio Feedback

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 […]

About About

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 […]

From the Bog

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

Posted in teacher tools

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

Posted in teacher tools

  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

Posted in teacher tools

  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

Posted in teacher tools

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

Posted in 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 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

Posted in blog

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

Posted in teacher tools

  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 […]