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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  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 […]

Exploring Self Portraits in Art

Exploring Self Portraits in Art

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We just wrapped up a mini unit on,”selfies” and so much fun exploring and creating. Portraits tend to be intimidating as students are sure that they don’t know how to draw eyes and noses, so collage is a nice way to allow them to explore, but remove some of the fear of drawing. We explored […]

An easy way to make and edit videos

An easy way to make and edit videos

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  A video is a great tool for the classroom, both for you the teacher to use, but also for your students, however, you don’t want to spend a lot of money, or have to spend endless hours trying to figure out how to edit a video. Soapbox, makes it easy to both create and […]

Teacher Tools: An Easy Way For your and Your students to make visuals

Teacher Tools: An Easy Way For your and Your students to make visuals

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  You want to make a great new resources to share with your students and or their parents, but InDesign gives you a headache. You want something that works quickly and easily, added bonus if it’s also FREE and easy to use with your students. Guess what Canva is exactly that!!! In the video below, […]

2D Design Lesson Round Up

2D Design Lesson Round Up

  Below is a collection of lessons and inspiration for High School 2D Design.  Sketchbook Inspiration Using 6 Word stories to help students develop ideas Illuminated Manuscript Project Making Marks, creating tools, and cutting Lesson on Design Principles Help students understand appropriation in art

Below you’ll find a list of my favorite tools and websites for integrating Art History and making cultural connections in your classroom. Teacher Tools: Short and Informative Videos about Art 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 intro other […]

How to organize your Pinterest Account

How to organize your Pinterest Account

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Do you have one Pinterest board where you pin EVERYTHING, making it almost impossible to find what you’re looking for? Do you dream of the day when Pinterest makes it so that you can create a board inside a board? I know that I do! As an art teacher, it can be a challenge to organize all […]