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Big Giveaway! Book and $10 TPT Giftcard, Book Review and New Stuff

I have a lot of things to share with you today! First.  You have the chance to win a big prize for a special Back to School giveaway.  The winner will receive a drawing book, a $10 TPT gift card and my new Art History Icebreaker Foldable.

First, this book by Mark Kistler! You Can Draw It in Just 30 Minutes: See It and Sketch It in a Half-Hour or Less. I am working with De Capo Press to share this book.  Mark Kistler is the author of several cartooning books.  He also had a tv show called Imagination Station!  Anyone remember that? This book is more realistic, less cartoony.

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I tried out a few of the drawing tutorials.
How to Draw book

The teddy bear was cute and fun.  I think this would be a good book for an art class drawing library.

How to Draw Book

Second, I have a $10 gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers to giveaway.  There is a site-wide Back to School Sale starting tomorrow!  My shop is participating and products will be up to 25% off.  Take advantage of this sale to get yourself ready for the school year.  Use code BTS2017.


20526116_10209258941221667_1639320108394430511_nMy store filled with many wonderful art teacher resources will be on SALE tomorrow, for up to 25% off.

Here is an example of one new product I have.  Check out this Art History Icebreaker Activity!!

Fun Art Foldable Fun Art History Foldable

To enter the giveaway simply leave a comment on this blog post!  Make sure to include your email address so I can contact you.  One winner will receive the book, a $10 giftcard to TPT AND the Art History Foldable. Note:  ONLY USA and Canadian addresses are eligible.  A winner will be chosen Tuesday evening.


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About Marcia Beckett

Marcia is an elementary art teacher and loves painting, drawing, sculpture, art journaling and clay. Her blog, Art is Basic, features many exciting art projects for kids.
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118 Responses to Big Giveaway! Book and $10 TPT Giftcard, Book Review and New Stuff

  1. Female says:

    Loves like a fun project

  2. I would love to win this! First year Art teacher and this would help me so much!
    Email: briannecooper21@yahoo.com or

  3. Sandra Serum says:

    The art history foldable looks to be a great introduction for my 6th grade curriculum and I love Mark Kistler’s books. Thanks for the chance to win these awesome items.

  4. Elyse Abbott says:

    This post is amazing! I love the drawing book and so want to check out for myself! And the ice breaker foldable is such a cool idea! thanks for sharing your brilliance! 🙂

  5. Janet Jones says:

    Love your blog!

  6. sharon tomasko says:

    Love your TPT teacher resources. i use the let’s talk about Art for my bulletin board and it helps me as well as the students. I follow your blog, and love all of your ideas.

  7. Claire says:

    Love the new ideas. Refreshing!

  8. Jamie Willis says:

    Love your ideas!

  9. Vicky Siegel says:

    Love all 3! Yes! I remember Mark Kistler videos! Does that make me old?! 🙂

  10. Denise says:

    Love following your Blog. Always great ideas for the art room.

  11. Sarah Turner says:

    I love the updates and emails I get with all the great art ideas and encouragement for art for all ages! Thank you! Sarahannt83@gmail.com

  12. I have found great value I your TPT products! They are functional and well designed!

  13. Christy says:

    Thanks for the great ideas & the opportunity to win some awesome art prizes!

  14. Nor says:

    Oh this would be a great addition to our art library. I love the art history foldable activity too…that would be a fun project! The $10 TPT would be awesomenessnessness! Thank you for the opportunity <3

  15. Bridget Gummerson says:

    I love that get to know you fold up! How cool to open it with an Artist inside! I feel my students could collaborate and create on for an artist they choose. I’ll display these all over the hallways. Thanks Marcia! Long time reader first time commenting.

  16. Becca Reid says:

    Love the foldable!

  17. Alyssa Stevensen says:

    I love this icebreaker, would live to try this with a few of my groups this year

  18. Desiree Soppick says:

    Checking out your blog for the first time. I’m hooked! Thank you!

  19. Megan V says:

    This would be a perfect way to start my first art classroom! I can’t wait to see more ideas in the future! 🙂

  20. Stacie says:

    I love checking out your blog!! That’s for the awesome giveaway! Someone is going to be very lucky!

  21. Andrea says:

    Great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity!

  22. Ann Sealey says:

    Love the ice breaker, great resource/activity!!! Can’t wait to check out the rest of your blog!

  23. Anastacia says:

    I haven’t heard about Imagination Station in years! Looks like a great book — thanks for offering your resources on TPT.

  24. Mary Beth Blaauw says:

    Love the TPT products! Just found your site and I can’t wait to put some of your ideas to work in my classroom this fall!

  25. Alexis Grover says:

    Wow! These are great resources!!

  26. Trisha kochersperger says:

    Thanks for providing tools to help me start off the year successfully

  27. Candace greene says:

    You’re blog is one I’m bookmarking!

  28. Jonna Holgate says:

    I was just moving a book shelf in my classroom and came across a Mark Kistler book! How fun to see some new work of his!

  29. I have several of Mark’s other books. Love them! Your Art history foldable is awesome!

  30. Andrean Andrus says:

    Thank you. Your ideas make me begin thinking about the new school year!

  31. Kati Breitbart says:

    I love the art foldable! It’s such a smart idea.

  32. Noreen Trotsky says:

    Loving the art foldable! Thank you for having this giveaway.

  33. Nancy says:

    Great ideas! All 3 would make someone’s year start out on a great note!

  34. Vicki says:

    I love this giveaway! Thanks for setting it up!

  35. Challen Baker says:

    I love your blog!!!!!! & what a fun contest!!! I met Mark Kistler at an art conference a few years back!!!!!!!! Cool guy! I love his ‘how to draw’ books!!!!!! I would absolutely love to win his new one!!!!!!!!! & I love TPT! Great for finding supplemental teaching materials! & that ice breaker activity looks like fun too! ❤️ challen.baker@gmail.com

  36. Brandi Juarez says:

    Love it, all 3 would be great resources!

  37. Jennifer Fernandez says:

    Super cool love the foldable! Mark Kistler’s Underwater creatures books were the books I taught myself how to draw with. So he is who I attribute my love of art to. Looking forward to getting his book for my students, I like that it’s realistic!

  38. Shanna Piatt says:

    Yay!! I would love to use these resources, Marcia! Thank you so much. Crossing my fingers!

  39. Ruth Post says:

    Your lesson is super cute! My students love to have interactive projects like this.

  40. Kim Alfes says:

    Love the great foldable project for a 1st day activity! Can’t wait to see what my kids do with the idea,..it’s in my TPT cart just in case I’m not the winner. LOL I also love the Kistler book. I have two in my classroom that get lots of use. 🙂

  41. Rebecca Gallagher says:

    I may have to do this get to know your students activity. Looks like great fun!

  42. Cassie says:

    I have purchased your printables about what artists do and I Love them! They are going to be on a bulletin board in my classroom and I’m going to rotate them throughout the year. Love all your stuff!

  43. christina says:

    Love your projects. Thanks for the chance to win!

  44. Karen Rader says:

    Thanks you for providing a great resource and inspiration. Your hard work is greatly appreciated.

  45. Jen says:

    Love the ice breaker!

  46. Amy Williams says:

    Love your blog and these items would be a great addition to my classroom. Thank you!!

  47. Abby Jones says:

    What a great project!!

  48. Cool resources! Thanks for doing this, and have a great year! vjbedard@hotmail.com

  49. G Wagner says:

    Fun art history ice breaker. I enjo your blog post by post!

  50. Delicia Wood says:

    I love all your ideas, it’s been so help when planning for this year. I’ve wanted to be a art teacher for 15 years and I’m finally getting the opportunity this year. I can I can’t wait to use Art History foldable. Thank you for the opportunity to pick me

  51. Melissa Miller says:

    Thank you for your great ideas!!! Love feeling inspired three weeks before the kids come back to school!!

  52. Christine M Garmong says:

    Awesome give away!!! Thanks so much for sharing.

  53. Maria Lev says:

    What fun! (….and certainly inspiring). Thanks so much for hosting a great contest to help the school year start of EXTRA SPECIAL. Foldable, so clever;
    I love love L❤️VE it!

  54. Leslie says:

    Hoping to win! Thanks for letting me know about the tpt sale. I’ve got several items on my wish list.

  55. Stacy says:

    Thanks for your generosity!

  56. Erin green says:

    Looks like fun stuff!

  57. KRISTEN says:

    Just followed your link, looks like A FUN BLOG

  58. Stacey sherman says:

    What a great giveaway. I would love to share this with my students.

  59. Danielle Bishop says:

    Love this contest, the resources would be fabulous and I really love that Art History foldable.

  60. Marti Anderson says:

    A prize package that would benefit both teachers and their students. How awesome is that?!

  61. Cherri Rutan says:

    This is a wonderful give away. I have all of Mark’s other books in my art classroom library already. This would be a great addition.

  62. Shannon says:

    Always nice to get some new ideas!

  63. Kate says:

    I love your blog! I’ve visited many times. These are terrific resources. Love the foldable.

  64. Johnette Maielua says:

    Mahalo (thank you) for sharing your love of art teaching / making with the rest of us. I’ve loved reading your blog in the past and am looking forward to more!

    Johnette Maielua

  65. Cindy Cooney says:

    I love reading your blog and I’m looking forward to using some of your ideas as I get ready for school!
    Thank you!

  66. Beth says:

    These are all great! Very generous, thank you!

  67. The art history foldable looks great and I love Mark Kistler’s books.

  68. Martha Bottom says:

    I would love to have this for my Title 1 kids. Thank you for the chance.

  69. Melissa Bingham says:

    Oh wow, would love to win.

  70. Heather Gordon says:

    Love the foldable. Would love to win for my classroom.

  71. Margaret O'Neal says:

    The foldable looks like a fun beginning of the year project!!

  72. kdeterman says:

    The foldable is fun and I agree that the drawing book would fit well in a classroom library! Thanks for always providing great tips!

  73. Perronart says:

    Great blog!

  74. Steph says:

    I’d love to win this!! Looks incredibly fun!! Smontgomery100@yahoo.com

  75. Emily Miller says:

    I love that art history foldable! So cute! eajamison87@gmail.com

  76. Robi Sombrio says:

    This is so GREAT!

  77. Barbara says:

    Thank you for the chance to win Mark Kistler’s book (I’m learning how to draw)! Good luck with the TpT Sale!

  78. Joanna Olszta says:

    Love your blog and love The giveaways! The book looks like it would be a nice addition to my library!

  79. Maddie F. says:

    Love the icebreaker! So awesome!

  80. Great fun–thanks for your generous offerings and wishing everyone a good beginning of our art year with kids. I’d love to win the book.

  81. Sandy Jimenez says:

    These wonderful prizes could really jumpstart my new school year!!
    Thanks in advance,

  82. Tara says:

    Love these thank you for shareing. Knapptara777@gmail.com

  83. I remember that book! I’d love to win Email pmilligan@tlcampus.com

  84. renee Grandinetti says:

    Wow – this book makes it look like even I could create recognizable drawings.

  85. Erica Vallier says:

    Great stuff! Glad I took a peek at the giveaway items!! Vallierica@gmail.com

  86. Beth says:

    Thanks so much for this great contest!

  87. Laura Geiger says:

    I love your blog and your TPT store. I’ll be shopping the sale for sure! Thanks for running the drawing….laurageiger@comcast.net

  88. Heather says:

    The ideas and the book look awesome! What great resources! heatherbivins5@gmail.com

  89. Sara Kane says:

    This is awesome, Thank you!

  90. Dawn Hebig says:

    Would love a chance to win! They would be great additions for my classroom!

  91. Linda Lock says:

    Always wonderful ideas. Including more art history in fun ways would be helpful to me.

  92. Marguerite Timmerman says:

    Love the foldable project. What a great way to start out the school year!

  93. Patt says:

    What a cute idea foray icebreaker. Love it. And many other of your ideas.

  94. I love to follow your blog. You have so many really helpful ideas. I also follow you on facebook. I’m definitely going to look for handout products on TPT.

  95. Molly says:

    I love this blog! I’m a second year middle school art teacher, great ideas! ~Molly

  96. Loretta Peischl says:

    This is amazing. !!!!!!!!

  97. Kristin Westbrook says:

    This gets me excited for upcoming school year and getting back to my room 🙂

  98. Anna Pry says:

    love the foldable activity, thanks for the idea pryfamily5@gmail.com

  99. krista a karl says:

    I am new to Art is Basic and I love it!!!! Thanks so much for your insight and many resources! KristaK 🙂

  100. Ashley Fifords says:

    That book looks amazing!

  101. Cassie says:

    I love your TpT store! Excited to check out your blog, too!

  102. Juanita Durie says:

    I hadn’t heard of Mark Kistler until your post. Thanks for the info. I teach art to some of my homeschooled grandkids and I continue to learn myself!
    luvmyspringer at hotmail.com

  103. Mary Kulas says:

    Great blog! Thanks for all of the sharing of great ideas!

  104. Penny says:

    I always look forward to ideas I can use with my students! Keep it coming:-)

  105. Janice M Schiavo says:

    The foldable art reinforces helps students with their fine motor skills and looking at art upside down at their illustrations can provide a focus on how shapes are in their drawings. 🙂

  106. Lisa Lang says:

    Love your lesson ideas!

  107. Laura says:

    How fun! Thank you!

  108. You go girl. I really appreciate what you do for yourself and Art Teachers. It makes me think how can I use your ideas in my classroom. Thank you for all you do.
    Natalie Loden

  109. Suzanne Stewart says:

    I’m a first year art teacher at 56…. I love all your ideas and would be so excited to be that special teacher to receive your awesome ideas! Hope to hear from you!!!

  110. Amanda Blair says:

    What a great idea!

  111. Deanna Smith says:

    You have some great ideas! Thank you for sharing! I would love to win your prize! desmith@mckinneyisd.net

  112. Crystal Barber says:

    I enjoy learning new things/projests and I love your ceativity you keep me enthusiastic to continue teaching art. Thanks I feed off your passion.