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How to gets art kids motivated, interested, creating, and confident, can be a REAL challenge. The apathy on the art room battlefront is palpable. This has to be (in my humble opinion) the biggest challenge for any art teacher at any grade level. We fight constantly against the forces of evil – CELLPHONES, class interruptions, chatting, tiktok, […]

How to Improve Student Motivation in the Art Room

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The Importance of Relevant Art PD Art Workshops that provide relevant training for educators are an absolute must. Especially in the post-pandemic era. More than ever before, people are being placed in teaching positions that they are not equipped for – and not just Art Teachers. It’s happening across the board. These teachers need support […]

Art Workshops for Educators Middle and High School Art

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A simple soft serve ice cream drawing as a catalyst for student behavior- it sounds so simple. I’m here to tell you that it’s not only simple, it’s possible. Skills build confidence, which leads to invest and buy-in, and this leads to positive behaviors all throughout your middle or high school art classroom. Today we’re […]

How to Improve Student Behavior

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I see a lot of teachers on the shared platforms discussing the drastically reduced work ethic among students. I hear people asking what to do about this and I hear people pleading for answers to the question, “Why don’t the kids care?”  I’m here to tell you that they do care.  They want to do […]

The Student Engagement Reset Button

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Acrylic Painting strategies for success can mean a lot of different things when teaching young artists how to paint. The setup and clean up alone can frustrate even the most seasoned educator. So how do we plan projects, buy supplies, formulate classroom procedures and set expectations so that students have optimal painting success? I’m about […]

Acrylic Painting Strategies for Success

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Somebody call 9-1-1. Hold the phone. It’s not an emergency. But it is a breakdown. This post is devoted to teaching acrylic painting successfully at the middle or high school level. On a scaffolded approach – with great results for all students. I will get to the particulars in a bit, but let’s start with […]

Acrylic Painting Breakdown

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