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Fast and Easy ways to make video for your classroom

Fast and Easy ways to make video for your classroom

A side of affect of teaching art online, is creating A TON, of video, however, video isn’t just helpful for those of you that teach online, it’s also a great tool to flipping the classroom. An added bonus, is that it can be super helpful when you have a sub. Save your videos to a […]

Teacher Tools: How to Help your Students Check their writing

Teacher Tools: How to Help your Students Check their writing

Sometimes I love reading my students writing, and then , well, then there are other times, when I feel slightly different about the whole situation. ( You know what I mean). You might also be thinking, wait, I thought that you taught art, so why in the world are you talking about writing? Students do […]

How to Help Students Find the Answer

How to Help Students Find the Answer

  While learning about creating visual texture: student: is mine good? me: Do you have at least 2 textures? student: I think me: What are they student: a scarf me: what texture is that? student: I don’t know me: What does a scarf feel like? student: soft so your texture is soft, what’s your other […]

Does Grading Art Matter

Does Grading Art Matter

You hate grading right? There’s a pile of project , scratch that, that’s a MOUNTAIN ¬†of projects taking over your desk, and you really really want to skip the grading part. But, since art is graded in college, are you setting your students up for a disaster? I don’t know that I’ve ever met a […]

How to ask meaningful questions in the artroom

How to ask meaningful questions in the artroom

Questioning is one of the best ways to help students to take ownership of their work and to help them learn how to make decisions and recognize why they’re making them. In the beginning it can be challenging to know what kind of questions to ask that will lead your students to have thoughtful and […]

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. […]

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 […]