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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 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

Want a cool way to integrate paper scraps, string, glue, and various materials into sculptures showing the basic lines?  Look no farther than this line project.  Continue reading