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How do Differentiate with Sketchbook Prompts

How do Differentiate with Sketchbook Prompts

  In one of my advanced art classes, I have students with a pretty wide range of interests, some that are focused on photography, others drawing, and few others that are really interested in 2D design and abstraction, so I decided that I wanted to create a fun way to give them sketchbook prompts and […]

How to make an accordion Sketchbook with Your Students

How to make an accordion Sketchbook with Your Students

When it comes to writing lesson plans and projects planning, sometimes I feel like I have ADD ( which I don’t), but I do have a lot of interest and love learning, which is great but can also get in the way. For example, today I was working on an assignment for a class that […]

Paper Weaving as Design

Paper Weaving as Design

  Yesterday I talked to you about new found love for paper weaving, I mean really, I’m a bit obsessed and plan to spend my weekend just me, the studio, and strips of paper.  In the event that you’re as excited about it as I am, here are some more ideas. Mixed media paper weaving […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]