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The Value of Independent and Exploratory Art

Colorful Abstract Picture

I wanted to explain to you how our art class periods are structured.  Students have art twice a week for 40 minutes.  Typically, we start with a 5 minute art warm up drawing in a sketchbook.  Then we move to instruction, demonstration, art history or literature connections.  Finally, for the majority of the time, the students work on their artwork.  Students work at all different paces.  Some students work very quickly and others take as much as double the amount … Read more…

Pick and Draw Game

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Hello friends, I hope you’ve had a good holiday break so far and a happy new year.  You may have noticed one of my affiliate links on the side of my blog, which is Pick and Draw.  I only tell you about things I have used and trust myself.  I wrote about these cards a few years ago and I decided that since it’s been a few years, there are probably new teachers out there who haven’t heard of these … Read more…

Easy Collaborative Art Banners with Motivational Words

Colorful Collaborative Word Banners

  At the end of the year in June, I posted about a collaborative word banner project I did with all of my students.  Write inspirational words using block or bubble letters on large banner paper.  Outline with paint.  Color patterns and designs inside with markers.  Use printouts of Romero Britto‘s artwork for pattern inspiration. I also used this as an option for students who finished their other art projects and wanted to help out.  I saved them for the … Read more…

Art Games and Puzzles for an Enrichment Center

Art Center Games Puzzles and Building Toys

I have a bookshelf in my classroom that students can go to when they are done with their class assignments.  I also have free choice days where students can select from a wide range of activities.  Since students finish at all different times it is a good idea to have art enrichment activities for them to do.  I like to have low mess activities with little extra guidance needed for those students that finish early.  Here are some of the … Read more…

Updates in My Shop | Art Journaling with Kids Zine

Art Journaling with Kids

Hi!  I have been busy updating my shop at Teachers Pay Teachers.  First, if you have purchased or are interested in purchasing the Art Discussion Cards or the Art Discussion Posters, but you live in a country that uses the spelling COLOUR instead of COLOR, I have a revised version for you with cards using the spelling COLOUR.  If you have already purchased these and you would like the cards with the “colour” spelling, email me at marciadotcom@yahoo.com and I … Read more…

5 Art Center Ideas to Try

If you are looking for some new art center ideas for your classroom, look no further!  Today I’m going to share with you 5 art centers my students have been enjoying lately. After visiting two choice-based art classrooms, I’ve decided to incorporate some free choice days into my class schedule.  I think it is important to let students try out different art materials and ideas at their own pace.  However, I am still continuing my art curriculum and will teach … Read more…

Pick and Draw Game: GIVEAWAYS

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Rich Davis, creator of a new drawing game called Pick and Draw, sent me a copy of his game to play with my kids.   I love this idea!   I can’t believe no one has invented this card game already. 🙂 The concept is simple.   The deck of cards contains face shapes, eyes, noses, mouths and hair.  Pick a card from the face pile, draw it.  Then pick the other facial features.  You can add your own creativity by changing … Read more…

Tape and Sticker Pictures

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box of stickers This was a super fun art project that I forgot to blog about earlier.  We did this at the summer art class I taught at my school.  Tape and sticker pictures.  I wrote about tape and sticker pictures earlier which I love to do with my 20 month old daughter.  The above picture is a box of stickers I made.  I took some sticky address labels, and color photocopied some patterned paper onto the sticky labels.  Then, … Read more…

Fun Activity for Toddlers, Special Needs or just any child!

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As art teachers, we often talk about how the process and the manipulation of materials is the main goal.  The product is nice too, but it’s the process that matters.  That is where the learning occurs.  I’m really excited to have my own personal little art student in my house.  I just can’t wait until she is old enough to do even more art making.  Here is a really fun activity that my 18 month old loves to do:  making … Read more…

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