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

I was wandering around the Internet the other day, don’t know what I was looking for, when all of the sudden, this caught my eye:

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Thank you, Muhammad Ali.

Meditating and exercising almost daily; treating MY art practice like it’s my job.  Feeling good.  Would love to hear how ya’all keep motivated.