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Sept. Newsletter Preview
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My September newsletter is going out next week, so sign up now if you want to get my latest drawing tutorial. This Killer Whale drawing is good for students of all ages, and might come in handy for a few school reports too. Read More

Sharpie Scribble LOVE
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How about making it “Opposite Day” in art class, one where scribbling is not only allowed, but encouraged? This lesson could tie in Jasper Johns for his textured letter paintings, or Robert Indiana for his LOVE art, and of course, a review of warm and cool colors.... Read More

Patterned Owl
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I made this owl project today for my very young after school artists (mostly kinder and 1st graders). They did really well, drawing owls of all shapes and size, filled with lots of patterns. Their art was first drawn in pencil, traced with a thick permanent marker,... Read More

Colorful Fall Leaves
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If you paint a wash of India ink over an oil pastel drawing you get a very dramatic result. Shown are the brands that worked well together for this particular artwork. 1. I made leaf templates for students as kinder and 1st graders would really struggle with... Read More

Make a Matisse Collage
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Henri Matisse was a French artist, known for his use of color. After losing the ability to paint late in life, he explored and mastered the art of paper cut outs. I’ve found a rather simple formula that will help students create their own Matisse-style collage. •... Read More

Black Glue Painting
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I’ve been having fun experimenting with black glue painting on acetate. What I have learned so far is that black acrylic mixed with white glue (roughly 50/50) is fun to draw with, IF you put the mixture back in the glue bottle and you draw on acetate... Read More

Rodrigue Blue Dog
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George Rodrigue (1944 – 2013) is best known for his Blue Dog paintings, which catapulted him to worldwide fame in the early 1990s. I love that he painted his beloved dog in so many colors, which encourages students to be creative with their coloring as well. •... Read More

Stained Glass Painting
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  Well, maybe not glass exactly, but painted acetate doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. At any rate, I did have fun today playing around with this paint and glue process. Here’s what I did to make this leaf image: 1. Empty glue bottle into... Read More