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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]