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How to Make a Christmas Tree Collage

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Are you looking for a fun art project to try over winter break with your kids?  Here is one that is sure to be festive, fun and creative! What you will need: watercolor paints pencil watercolor paper paint brush cup of water markers.  For my own art, I prefer Micron markers, Sakura Koi markers, and Molotow White markers. stickers of your choice glue magazines assorted paper scraps of your choice 1.  Begin by drawing a Christmas tree shape on a piece of … Read more…

Painted and Doodled Stars Tutorial

Doodled and Painted Stars Tutorial

I feel like I have stumbled upon my newest art series for my own art.  Earlier I wrote a blog post about how to make watercolor doodled flowers.  Using a similar technique, I made watercolor mandalas.  I have a new painting to show you with watercolor and doodled stars.   These were all made by starting with watercolor paints and then doodling on top with thin markers. Products I Use (Amazon Affiliate links are used) Prima Marketing Watercolor Confections: Tropicals Prima Marketing … Read more…

How to Make a Watercolor Mandala

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Earlier this summer I wrote a blog post about how to make watercolor doodled flowers.  These mandalas I created were made with a very similar technique.  Both these mandalas and the flowers were made by starting with watercolor paints and then doodling on top with thin markers. Products I Use (Amazon Affiliate links are used) Prima Marketing Watercolor Confections: Tropicals Prima Marketing Watercolor Confections: The Classics Sakura Koi Brush Pen Set Sharpie Permanent Marker, Fine Point Sakura Micron Ink Pen … Read more…

Create an Art Memory Book

Create a Memory Book of Your Child's Artwork-- Preserve your art!

My daughter who is in 4k comes home with at least 3 drawings every day.  She can draw during free choice or nap time (she won’t nap).  Plus with the drawing she does at home, we have collected hundreds of drawings.  I’ve saved almost all of them.  Her favorite things to draw are My Little Ponies, Paw Patrol characters and people.  By far, she has more pony drawings than anything else.  I don’t bother sorting them, I just take them … Read more…

Fruit and Flowers, Mice and Me!

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Fruit and Flowers: I colored in the sketch that I showed you here.  I mostly used colored pencils, watercolor pencils and watercolor paints. A Mouse: My 5th/6th graders are painting animals and my go-to demo is always a mouse or hamster.  I love cute rodents.  The kids are always astounded when I show them how to make furry texture with a fan brush!  So fun.  Do you have go-to images you use when demonstrating techniques? Me: Here I am at … Read more…

21 Secrets Online Workshop and a Link Round-Up

As art teachers our hands are covered in glue and paint all day.  We are on the go and juggling so many different tasks. We definitely need our own creative outlet.  We need time for ourselves… to play, to relax, to express ourselves.  Keeping an art journal is a great way to de-stress. I am taking the 21 Secrets online workshop.  Obviously, with a limited amount of free time along with a limited amount of disposable income, I have always … Read more…

Art Journaling Exposed 2

I am very honored to share with you that I have an article in the Art Journaling Exposed 2 downloadable E-magazine from Cloth Paper Scissors.  I browsed through the issue and it has a lot of interesting articles and videos.  My article is titled “13 Great Layers for Art Journal Pages” These are some of the pages in the article. If you like art journaling, mixed media, collage and you would like to follow my personal art blog, you can … Read more…

Quick Tip: Making Time for Art

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How do you make time for your own art?   Do you spend time making your own art? Quick Tip:  Keep an art journal where you can try out techniques for your teaching.  I had been trying out all sorts of techniques for Gelli plate printing and I made lots of samples for my 5th/6th grade class.  When I had all of the papers painted, I took some pieces home and arranged them into a collage for my art journal. 

Art Teacher Blog Directory

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Are you looking for more ART IDEAS? Did you know there is an Art Teacher Blog Directory on Art is Basic?  There are currently 263 art teacher blogs listed.  You can spend hours just looking through these links and seeing all the wonderful things happening in art classrooms around the world. Have you added YOUR blog to the directory?  I know there are some new bloggers out there who have just started writing about their classrooms this year.  And because … Read more…

NAEA Session Handouts

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Are you bummed because you didn’t get to go to the NAEA Conference this year?   Did you go to the conference and miss a session you wanted to see because you were busy scoring free samples?   Have you never heard of the NAEA conference and want to know what kinds of things go on there?   The session handouts are up on the NAEA website.  So, if a presenter uploaded their session powerpoints or handouts they are there.  It’s a great … Read more…

Be Inspired!

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Art teachers:  Do you take time out of your busy week to make your own artwork?  Do you make it a priority?  Even though I’m not creating gigantic masterpieces, I really try to squeeze in some of my own art journaling and playtime.  It keeps me inspired to teach art.  It keeps me happy.  It relieves stress.  So pick up your paints and markers and make something that is not just a classroom example.  Make something that is just for … Read more…

It’s all good…

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It’s all good… Even though my car got totaled this week…. Yes, that’s totaled.  Even though it doesn’t look like that much damage, apparently the cost to fix it is more than the car is worth.  The other person did not have insurance.. or even registration for the car… or matching license plates… Monday I stayed home from school because our daycare provider called in sick. While I was at home with my daughter on Monday, 5 firetrucks zoomed down … Read more…

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