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Each assumption, debunked through proactive engagement and dedication, reveals the transformative potential within our art classrooms. By recognizing our role in shaping the learning environment and embracing responsibility, we empower our students to flourish within our curriculum. Every interaction, every choice contributes to the vibrant tapestry of artistic growth and discovery.

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Art Teachers Should Stop Making These Six Vital Assumptions 

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The Fabulous Class Opener: Greetings to a World of Creativity The Door. I stop whatever I’m doing and I stand there. Outside. As they enter, I am speaking to them one by one, complimenting a new haircut, a particularly artsy outfit, or just telling them to “get in here, we have fabulousness to attend to!” […]

5 strategies to keep motivation in the art classroom

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Learning to draw with Negative Space is key to a strong foundational skill set for young artists.The Art Element Space – Negative Space – is so important when it comes to observational life drawing. We use Negative Space to see, discern and render objects. This space gives us the ability to assess relationships between objects […]

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Free Template & Tips for A Successful Absence Planning for a substitute art teacher is a CHORE. How many times have you said or hear a fellow teacher say, “It’s more work to be OUT of school than it is to be IN school!” I learned early on that having a rock-solid sub plan made […]

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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, […]

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Two Important Steps for Success. In the beginning of my Art Teacher journey, teaching colored pencil techniques to beginners meant passing out some cool images of holiday ornaments and posting a two week deadline and waiting for the magic to happen. Oh, it happened alright…but it wasn’t magic. It was 3 kids out of 30 […]

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Life Drawing is our End Game. As I mentioned in the last blog post, I teach Drawing on a scaffolded approach. Line first, then Shape, then Value, then Color and so on…we add drawing “tools” to our artist toolbox one skill at a time. This is a foolproof Drawing scaffold for students at the middle […]

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Get Disco Fever with Disco Ball Art Engaging Middle and High School Art Students with Disco Ball Painting Teaching acrylic painting to beginners can be a daunting task, especially when faced with numerous factors involved in ensuring a successful painting class. From setting up to cleaning up and managing art supplies, art classroom procedures alone […]

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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 […]

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Teaching Colored Pencils on a scaffold builds confidence that leads to engaged and driven students. That may sound simple or it may sound impossible, but it definitely works. And not for just middle and high school artists. I use this approach when I teach adults. Small steps. Big victories. Investment. Success. I’m starting to see […]

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