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Spooky SHOUT OUT from TheArtProject! Grid Drawing Practice

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Spooky season might be over but I wanted to take a moment and share this FANTASTIC YouTube video review posted by Chad Brown at TheArtProject last week!   Here’s what Mr. Brown said about the Grid Drawing Practice worksheet pack on his 5 star TPT review:  “My students used this to practice after I had taught […]

13 Free Pages of THUMBNAIL SKETCH Printables!

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Shhh! These Thumbnail Sketch Printables are my Art Teacher SECRET Weapon! For my Art 1 students these small, quick, and often overlooked drawings play a HUGE role in shaping their artistic journey in my classroom. Here’s why they matter and why you should incorporate MORE Thumbnail sketches: Visualization: A picture is worth a thousand words! […]

The POWER of Creativity: 3 Printable Creativity Exercises

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  Why would you want to take an Art Class? Why would we want to complete Creativity Exercises? Did you know? According to a report from Americans for the Arts, students who participate in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement. Art education can be a catalyst for success across […]

First Day of School for Art Teachers, Part 3

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 WHY are we here? True learning can’t exist if we don’t understand WHY we are learning something.   One of the most important things to discuss on the First Day of School for Art Teachers is the WHY. I always explain to my Art 1 students WHY they need to take an Art 1 class.  Some […]

First Day of School for Art Teachers, Part 2

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First Day of School for Art Teachers, Part 2: Do you dread the beginning of a new school semester the way that I do??  Its not just about ending summer and going back to work. I struggle because its hard for me to feel like I’m on a stage in front of students that I […]

First Day of School for Art Teachers, Part 1

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The First Day of School for Art Teachers is Vital! First Impressions are IMPERATIVE! Let me tell you a little story… Once upon a time, I was at an art event and I met up with a retired art teacher that…well let’s just say had a reputation for having no classroom control and no student […]

Embracing Analog Creativity: CELL PHONE FREE!

Imagine this: an art class where everyone is fully present! No more distracted glances at screens, no random ringtone interruptions, and definitely no funny cat videos in the middle of class (okay, maybe we’ll miss those a little). It’s going to be a symphony of pencils, brushes, and imagination!  Can you hear the creativity humming in the […]