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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 ┬áHeidi 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 […]