My Daily Blog

Art Room Storage
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I can’t tell you have much fun I had doing this today. Thanks to a case of plastic 6 qt. boxes from Staples that cost about a buck each, I finally have what you could call a SYSTEM in place. I realize now that when you have... Read More

Friendship Bracelet Tutorial
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Did you know that friendship bracelets are made with six colors because that’s how many letters are in the word F-R-I-E-N-D? My school’s 4th graders once started the year off with a friendship theme, so I used the topic to teach students how to make make these,... Read More

“We Can Do It” Mural
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I live this vintage war poster for it’s colorful simplicity AND bold message. Now you can make your own with my latest mural template. • View and purchase “We Can Do It!” PDF Mural Read More

Escher Hexagon Tessellation
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If only M.C. Escher could have lived in the age of Photoshop and Illustrator, I believe his amazing mind would have been blown. It took every Adobe rotating and reflecting trick I knew of to recreate this famous tessellation, and narrow it down to the just the... Read More

Zazzle Fundraiser for Haiti
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These watercolor elephants were painted by some of my 4th students last spring. They all did such an amazing job that I decided to feature their art on my newest fundraiser for my friend in Haiti. Winter runs a school for the poorest of kids in Port-Au-Prince,... Read More

Circle Grid Tree
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This circle grid tree idea has been all over Pinterest for awhile, if anyone knows who first thought of this abstract pattern, I’d love to know. The simplicity of it is just beautiful. I’m going to use it as one of my fall art fundraiser projects (I... Read More

Kinder’s First Art Project
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As summer winds down, I’m starting to plan for the first few weeks of school. Given that our big art fundraiser happens each fall, I try to work ahead and line up some of my most colorful projects first as it takes a few weeks to make... Read More

Three Reasons (I think) Why my Sharpie Book Happened
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It’s just about wrapped up, my very first art book is in it’s final production stages and then soon will go off to the printer. I can’t tell you what milestone this is in my life. Ten short years ago I was really struggling to survive on... Read More