Zentangles are a great way to learn new drawing skills, increase your self-confidence, reduce stress, and develop your own creativity.

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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For years I have been trying to teach the difference between warm colors and cool colors. I’ve had the students watch videos, look at paintings to show mood, wear t-shirts in a line.  I even have my classroom (table groups) divided into warm colors and cool colors.  Nothing helped these kids remember the difference between warm colors and cool colors…until….

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In an effort of collaboration with a first grade teacher, I focused some time on the author/illustrator Todd Parr.  If you don’t know him, he writes funny and heartwarming books filled with simple yet colorful illustrations.  Continue reading

This project was done at the beginning of the year, as a way to get the kids into the art room, working together, while we “waited” for more students to arrive from their summer vacations.  It was such a huge success that many students put their finished socks into the art show, and I am planning on doing this activity with more classes and developing it as I go. Continue reading

Want a super fun lesson to teach first graders about salt’s effect on watercolors? Make space.   Continue reading

I’ve seen lots and lots of lessons online about penguins but for some reason, I never did them.  Then I read this book to my kinders:

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