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This Distance Learning adventure is taking us all to new levels of technology and art integration.  By chance, I found a new toy: the Stop Motion Studio App in the Apple Store.  It’s free, it’s fun, and it’s introducing me to a whole different world.  Just what I need right now.

IT’S TIME TO ANIMATE YOUR ART!

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Originally posted on SHARPENED PENCILS, POUNDED CLAY:
Every year I start off with teaching/reviewing the first element of art: lines.  Zentangles are a fantastic way to teach lines and patterns. Zentangles range from easy to complex and students get to practice adding their own twists to the designs they learn how to draw.In conjunction with…

As we embark on this new adventure called Distance Learning, I want to invite all of you to use the incredible amount of online ideas already out there.  I made some menus to help parents who are at home with their children.  The ideas are for grades K – 2 but they can be for […]

I have done this lesson every year for the past seven years, and with good reason.  It touches so many key art skills.  Drawing from observation, overlapping shapes, drawing off the paper, stippling, texture, warm and cool colors, and details.

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Second grade is the oldest grade I work with this year so I’m trying to stretch them as much as I can in the drawing area.  Learning how to draw objects is a tricky thing for small children.  I love children’s art and never ever want them to lose their imagination or creativity; so teaching them realistic drawing skills is a mixed bag.  How do they get the skills AND keep their own drawing style? Continue reading

I LOVE THIS CHALLENGE SO MUCH!!!  The main takeaways I’ve learned from this experience are:

  1. Make time every day to draw, even if it’s only for 15 minutes.
  2. The only way to get better at anything is to practice, practice, practice.

My confidence is coming up, my ability is coming up, and I feel I’m getting a little more creative because of it.

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