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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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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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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 investment and buy-in, and this leads to positive behaviors all throughout your middle or high school art classroom. Today we’re […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Why kids don’t finish the art project…well, why don’t they? Today I’m going to focus on two reasons kids don’t finish the art project. Size and timeframe. How big is the task and how long does the student have to complete it. For some reason we think everything has to be 18×24 with a 3-week […]

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As art teachers, we know that managing a classroom full of young artists can be a challenge. That’s why it is so important to streamline your classroom management in the art room. This is crucial to having a successful school year. In this post, I’ll share some effective art room classroom management tips that will […]

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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 […]

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