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3 Ways to Get Re-inspired with Sketchbooks

Sometimes I feel like I under utilize sketchbooks both in my classroom and in my own personal practice as an artist. Recently I’ve been re inspired to think about using and having my students use sketchbooks more often. The two videos below I created for my AP drawing and AP 2D students, however, they would […]

A Collection of Drawing & High School Art Lessons

A Collection of Drawing & High School Art Lessons

  So that you don’t have to spend time searching , below is a collection of the most popular posts that relate to Drawing & teaching high school art. Help students understand the Drawing Issues ( AP Drawing) Students explore and define appropriation in art  Lesson to help students develop their own ideas, and get […]

Helping Students Understand and Uncover Personal Voice

Helping Students Understand and Uncover Personal Voice

  It can be a real challenge to help students to uncover and develop their own personal voice in their work, but I have found that a good start to the process, is having them learn how to pull out what other artists are doing. Oftentimes it’s easier to unpack how another artist is creating […]

Emergency Sub Plan: Are your students using the Design Principles?

Emergency Sub Plan: Are your students using the Design Principles?

This is a good one to tuck away for a rainy day ( or a sub plan!!!) We like doing what we’re used to doing, our students are the same way, and I can’t really blame them. But in AP they really need to push themselves, demonstrate an understanding of the principles of art, and […]

Becoming an Art Curator: Exploring Art history

I’m always trying to find ways to make lessons more student centered, and tied to potential careers in the arts. This year, students in my art history class, are curating their own exhibit, and it’s working even better than I’d imagined. The students are excited and engaged. They’re learning from each other, and gaining a […]

Talking to Students about feelings and the future

  As a teacher, you can go years without really feeling like you’ve made a difference, and then you receive an email like this one.  This may be weird but I feel your the only person I can ask about this.. I am well really lost about what to do for college.  I feel so […]

How to Keep your Students Engaged

How to Keep your Students Engaged

  It can be hard to know how to keep all of your students engaged, to check for understanding, or to come up with fun ways for students to review important facts and concepts. Kahoot.it is a great ( and free) program that engages all of your students in a fun and interactive review game. […]

Are you allowing students to discover?

Are you allowing students to discover?

” When the artist is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressive creature. He becomes interesting to other people. He disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and opens ways for better understanding. Where those who are not artists are trying to close the book, he opens it […]

3 Ways to Respond to the Angry Parent Email

3 Ways to Respond to the Angry Parent Email

So  you were in the middle of having a great day, like a really great one. You woke up, had time to both make and drink your coffee , plus you’re outfit is pretty darn snazzy today. The kids are listening…….. OH…. MY …… GOODNESS, you just realized that they’re all working, no one is […]

How to Help Students Make Connections through Combination

How to Help Students Make Connections through Combination

  I’m always trying to find new ways to help my students to develop ideas and push their work further. Recently I’ve read a lot of discussion about the validity or importance of the elements and principles, especially for older students. Just telling students to use the elements and principles creates lack luster results, however, […]