It’s that time of year again. I fell in love with Inktober last year. I didn’t complete all the challenges as I learned about it mid-October; but I was determined Inktober 2020 was going to be different. Then 2020 happened. And you all know how that’s going. I’m literally checking my news feed every five minutes as I work on this post. The election is happening right now. RIGHT NOW. And I can’t do much more than watch those results come in.

Back to Inktober. I promised myself I wouldn’t post until I got to 15 drawings, but it’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve drawn my last and I also made a promise to keep myself accountable and post my work, regardless. So, here goes.

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Please refer to my blog post for details on drawings. I try to give credit when I can. Most are drawn from reference photos or drawings with my imagination thrown in.

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This year, I am really into the holidays. I don’t know why, but I’ve been wanting to decorate for Christmas starting right after Halloween.  I’ve embraced holidays in my classroom this year and we are doing lots of “seasonal” lessons.  It’s actually pretty cool because these lessons also…

Distance learning can never replace in person, but what are you going to do in a pandemic. Keep far away from people, that’s what. As you view my videos and lessons, remember that they are starting points. There is so much material out there on YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram. We are living in such an amazing time. We got this! Keep calm and draw lines, lots and lots of lines. It’s very therapeutic, especially if you have a silent room, or soft music playing in the background.

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And, we are off. Come with me as I break down Kindergarten art into manageable parts for fellow teachers and parents.

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This is long posting.  To see the artwork only, called 49 Cakes for 49 Birthdays, visit the Personal Art Projects, Portfolio, Painting portion of this site.  The following post is about my process. Continue reading

Here is a video picture book I made using Adobe Spark, Adobe Sketch, and Emojime. Continue reading

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…