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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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Three Free and Easy Strategies for keeping your art students on track It can be really intimidating learning how to keep your art students focused on success day in and day out. There are so many things fighting for their attention, and as art educators in these high-tech post pandemic times, we are required to […]

How to Keep your Art Students Focused on Success

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Festive Fabulousness guaranteed in your Art Classroom Teaching is about reflecting. Constant, incessant reflecting.  The questions are endless…and it goes something like this… Before the unit begins… Next step, actually teach the unit… (Unit unfolds perfectly, just as I imagined it, with no issues whatsoever and glowing, engaged children, gorgeous artwork, and perfect attendance – […]

Colored Pencil Holiday Bows Art Project

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The two drawing skills every art student should know to build confidence and grow engagement are simple. In my humble opinion, they are knowing how to sight relationships in a composition and knowing how to scale things up or down. Once kids understand these two basic concepts, they can draw just about anything, from just […]

Two Drawing Skills Every Art Student Should Know

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Teaching drawing to middle school and high school kids is intimidating. Teaching adults how to draw is intimidating. Drawing itself is intimidating. Knowing where to begin is intimidating. Heck, it’s all intimidating. “How much instruction is too much?” “How much is too little? “ “The kids tell me that drawing is so boring!” “I want […]

Teaching Drawing – A Scaffolded Approach

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Building Community in your Middle or High School Art Room First Day of Art Class Activities are more important than you think. The first impression is so important, both for you and for the students. I have been using these same exact procedures for the last 13 years and they have NEVER let me down. […]

First Day of Art Class Activities

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Teach your middle or high school kids to learn how to draw using these methods for guaranteed success. Do I sound confident? Yes I do. Why am I so confident? Because I know this scaffolded method of teaching drawing works. “Can everyone learn how to draw?” My answer is a resounding YES. Anybody. Anywhere. Anytime. […]

Drawing Methods for Guaranteed Success

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As art teachers, we know that managing a classroom full of young artists can be a challenge. That’s why classroom management in the art room is crucial to having a successful year. In this post, I’ll share some effective art room classroom management tips that will help you create a positive and engaging learning environment […]

Art Room Classroom Tips for a Successful Year

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Here we are. The end of the school year and it’s time for an Art Show. Covid killed the art show for sure. (reminds me of “Video Killed the Radio Star” – this will only truly resonate with my early MTV people). Well, it killed the in person art show, anyway. 2020 was the year […]

“It’s Showtime!”

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