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Teacher Tools: Short and Informative Videos about Art

Teacher Tools: Short and Informative Videos about Art

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in teacher tools | No Comments

  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 by on Jan 17, 2017 in teacher tools | No Comments

  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 by on Jan 16, 2017 in teacher tools | No Comments

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 by on Jan 7, 2017 in teacher tools | No Comments

  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 by on Jan 4, 2017 in blog | No Comments

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 by on Jan 1, 2017 in teacher tools | No Comments

  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

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in teacher tools | No Comments

  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

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in teacher tools | No Comments

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

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in teacher tools | No Comments

  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

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in teacher tools | No Comments

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

Posted by on Nov 20, 2016 in teacher tools | No Comments

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. […]

What is imagination

What is imagination

“And what is true for individuals is true for people’s. Our problems are not more harrowing than the ravaging depressions and wars of a century ago. But our economic, demographic, and ecological challenges are in fact existential. I think we sense this in our bones, though it’s not a story with commonly agreed-upon contours. Our […]

Teacher Tools: Episode 12: Where to find FREE Stock Images

Teacher Tools: Episode 12: Where to find FREE Stock Images

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in teacher tools | No Comments

Looking for FREE and awesome stock images, here’s what you’ve been looking for! This is a great resource for both you and your students to find images for presentations. Visit Unsplash

Teacher tools Episode 11: Art History for Kids Made Easy #Metkids

Teacher tools Episode 11: Art History for Kids Made Easy #Metkids

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 in teacher tools | No Comments

  This site is great for parents and elementary art teachers. It makes it easy to search by time period, and topic, and helps you to have meaningful conversations about works of art throughout history. Check out METKIDS by clicking here

Teacher Tools: Episode 10: Understanding Art and History

Teacher Tools: Episode 10: Understanding Art and History

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in teacher tools | No Comments

This is a  great tool to bring into your art history class or your visual arts class. It’s also great a tool for language and history teachers. French Teachers: Learn about Women Artists in France Cezanne Photography Teachers: check this out Explore Met Museum Past Exhibitions here

Are you allowing students to discover?

Are you allowing students to discover?

” When the artist is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressive creature. He becomes interesting to other people. He disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and opens ways for better understanding. Where those who are not artists are trying to close the book, he opens it […]

Teacher Tools: Episode 9: One Great Resource for Inspirational/ Motivational Videos for Your Classroom

Teacher Tools: Episode 9: One Great Resource for Inspirational/ Motivational Videos for Your Classroom

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in teacher tools | No Comments

  You’re always looking for new inspiration, great ways to grab your students attention and to help keep them motivated. You’re going to love the site The Kid Should See This.  This site is great for a wide range of subjects, topics, and age levels. Bonus, it’s super easy to search!  

3 Ways to Respond to the Angry Parent Email

3 Ways to Respond to the Angry Parent Email

So  you were in the middle of having a great day, like a really great one. You woke up, had time to both make and drink your coffee , plus you’re outfit is pretty darn snazzy today. The kids are listening…….. OH…. MY …… GOODNESS, you just realized that they’re all working, no one is […]

How to Help Students Make Connections through Combination

How to Help Students Make Connections through Combination

  I’m always trying to find new ways to help my students to develop ideas and push their work further. Recently I’ve read a lot of discussion about the validity or importance of the elements and principles, especially for older students. Just telling students to use the elements and principles creates lack luster results, however, […]

Teacher Tools: Episode 7: How to do group conference Calls

Teacher Tools: Episode 7: How to do group conference Calls

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in teacher tools | No Comments

Sometimes you just need to have a face to face conversation, but you just can’t get your schedules to line up. Zoom.us has become my new go to tool for super simple video conferencing. Since I do a lot of teaching online, being able to do group conference calls is essential, and the newest tool […]

How to get your Students UnStuck and out of “I can’t” Mode

How to get your Students UnStuck and out of “I can’t” Mode

“I can’t do. I don’t have any ideas. Can I have my mom draw this for me? This is terrible, I’m terrible, this is horrible, I can’t draw. I’m not creative. No one in my family is creative. Why am in this stupid class?” You cringe when you hear these words coming out of students […]

Teacher Tools Episode 8: How to Create online Courses

Teacher Tools Episode 8: How to Create online Courses

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in teacher tools | No Comments

Love the idea of teaching online, or just wish that there was any easier way to reach all of your students? Wish that there was some way to check for students understanding and give them automatic feedback? I’ve been using zippy courses by Social Triggers for 2 years now and really love it. In the […]

Teacher Tools: Episode 6: Pinterest

Teacher Tools: Episode 6: Pinterest

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in teacher tools | No Comments

  You might be staying away from pinterest because you’re afraid that you’re going to waste your time scrolling and scrolling and scrolling. Or you might be on it, but feel like you need some help organizing ideas.  It doesn’t have to be a waste of time. I’ve found it to be a great source […]

Part 3: 6 Steps to Stop Procrastinating

Part 3: 6 Steps to Stop Procrastinating

 ” To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing. ” Picasso We all do it…. we check our phone, email, facebook, over and over again, instead of getting the next thing crossed off of our to do list. 6 ways to help you and your students stop procrastinating. Deadlines: if there […]

Procrastination part 2: There’s No Creativity Without Slack Time

Procrastination part 2: There’s No Creativity Without Slack Time

( audio recording at the bottom) ” There’s no creativity without some slack time. “ I’d purchased a groupon for 30 days of yoga classes, I’d never done yoga before, but I exercised, and figured this might be a fun change. With determination to take full advantage of my 30 days pass, I decided that […]

Teacher Tools: Episode 5: How to make Videos

Teacher Tools: Episode 5: How to make Videos

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in teacher tools | No Comments

  If you want to start using more video in your classroom, but aren’t sure how, this has quickly become my go to tool for creating videos. As I mention in the video below, don’t let the pricing scare you off, tell them what you want to use it for, and they should be able […]

Part 1: Deadlines Do they Matter?

Part 1: Deadlines Do they Matter?

Confession: I’ve recently become a procrastinator I’d agreed to lead a teacher in-service training on creativity, at the moment it seemed like no big deal, creativity is my jam. I marked the date on my calendar, did some backwards planning, and knew exactly what I needed to do and when I needed to do it […]

Teacher Tools: Episode 4: How to use SELZ

Teacher Tools: Episode 4: How to use SELZ

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in teacher tools | No Comments

You have lots of ideas. You want to share and sell your lesson plans, you just created an amazing workbook and are trying to figure out how to share with the world, or you’ve decided that you want to start offering private art lessons and running an art camp, but you need an easy to […]

Teacher Tools Episode 3: How to use the Art Assignment

Teacher Tools Episode 3: How to use the Art Assignment

  I was standing in the back of my classroom sobbing into the phone, my mom was on the other end, and students were about to walk through my door, I needed to get my act together. It was one of those crazy days, that turned into a crazy week, and then a crazy month. […]