Draw an Abstract Self-Portrait

Here is an older student adaptation of my popular Abstract Face project. It still has simple features that fill the face, but allows for some personalization with hair. I think it might make a good early self portrait project for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders as it bypasses all the fussy eye … Read More

Juggling Balls

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My mini art camp is just two weeks away, and I’m looking forward to trying some more outdoorsy things like these balls made from balloons and sand. 1. I used 9″ balloons and a funnel to fill them with sand. I think 12″ balloons would work great too. It takes some pulling … Read More

My Top Three Apps

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Here are two apps that I use almost every day, and a new one that I am keeping my eye on. The Cash app has turned out to be a great option for my after school parents. No more worries about sending their kids to school with cash, or writing checks, which … Read More

Top Two New Health Habits

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I know most people make resolutions at the first of the year, but for me, summer break is a great time to regroup and start new habits. I’m currently really enjoying these two, my new Fitbit Activity Tracker and Verve, my new healthy replacement for that extra cup of coffee, and dare … Read More

Top Three Organizing Ideas

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After years of teaching, I’ve found that a (pretty) organized room lets you enjoy the process, and one in disarray makes for a very long day. It’s no fun. But solutions that may work for school are not always the best for home. For instance, I now store everything I can in … Read More

Top Three Books I’m Reading

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Well, technically books I’m reading AND listening to, to be specific. “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” helped me tackle some long-avoided clutter problems, “10% Happier” will make anyone look at the art of meditation in a brand new way, and “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook” is just stuffed with marketing insights … Read More

Top Three Art Supplies

I’m continuing my “Top Three” posts this week, and am moving on to art supplies. If I could only choose 3, these are the ones I love and feel confident would bring great results, for any age. Dick Blick Liquid Watercolors never fail in their color, the Twistable Crayola Crayons are a … Read More

Lunch at Whitney Hill

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For the curious, here is a sample of what Regina of Whitney Hills Estate serves for lunch, which her Art Class guests enjoyed last week. The food is home cooked and amazing, as well as her table decor. If you live in the area and need a place for a luncheon, her … Read More

Whitney Hill Art Classes

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Last week I was lucky enough to spend two days with some wonderful and talented ladies in Hickory Valley, TN. They came from near and far to learn a few of my favorite art projects, and also bask in the comforts of Whitney Hill Estates. A few of their completed projects are … Read More

Salvador Dali Mural Preview

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Salvador Dali, famous for his role in surrealistic art, made several elephant paintings that to me, epitomize the definition of “real, yet unreal”. His original versions have a lot of open space, and are actually still under copyright, so I made a kid-friendly version. I think it still conveys the strange idea … Read More

Art Classes in Tennessee

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If you live near Hickory Valley, TN and love to make art, I’ll be sharing my favorite projects at Whitney Hill Estate, July 10 and July 11th. Come one or two days, a delicious home cooked lunch is included. Learn how to make the projects that have helped my website, Art Projects … Read More

NEW! Draw More Animals 2 eBook

Just posted to My PDF Shop, my latest How to Draw ebook. In it you’ll find diagrams on how to draw an Armadillo, Baby Chick, Bald Eagle, Bird on Cat, Bunnies, Big and Little, Chickadee Bird, Dolphin, Easter Bunny, Elephant, Fox Sideways, Giraffe Face, Goose, Hippo, Horse, Cartoon, Kangaroo, Koala, Lab Puppy, … Read More

Planning an Art Camp, Day 3

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It’s never too soon to inform parents about camp plans, if fact I wish I had made mine before school let out. Not to worry, long ago I started using Mail Chimp for my electronic newsletters, so I have a data base all ready to go. It did take a little time … Read More

Happy Father’s Day!

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Here’s a combo photo / painting that I made of my amazing dad a few years ago. It’s from his farming days in in rural Indiana, where I was fortunate enough to grow up. The funny thing is that it seemed a rather ordinary life at the time, but only now do … Read More

Planning an Art Camp, Day 2

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Today I focused on making a flyer for my art camp, which meant choosing projects and assigning them to certain days. I know that if I open camp up to single day enrollments, parents and children are going to want to know what to expect. I’ve started by choosing one 2D and … Read More

Nelson Mandela Mural

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Nelson Mandela became the first black president of South Africa in 1994, serving until 1999. A symbol of global peacemaking, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. I made this mural to honor his incredible life and accomplishments. To purchase this PDF template for just $5, please visit My PDF Shop.

Planning an Art Camp, Day 1

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I’ve decided to venture into the land of Art Camps for the first time this summer, but in the most manageable way possible. I’m going to hold one in my art room at my school, but just for one week, and during the morning (9am-12) only. I thought that some readers might … Read More

Art of Education Summer Conference

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I did it, I made a commitment to learning more about all things art teacher related! I’m registered for the online Art of Education Summer Conference that takes place on July 16th. It sounds like it’s packed full of info and goodies, and I can’t wait to just sit back in my … Read More

NEW Patterned Hands Project

If your students enjoyed my Warm Hands project, then they probably will like this one too. My pdf file includes the lined background paper for both the horizontal and vertical versions, and lots sample patterns so they can break away from the usual hearts, stars, etc. They also have a choice in … Read More

Art Retreat Approaches, July 9–12

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If you’d like to learn about my latest new art projects, while relaxing in the southern charm of the lovely Whitney Hill Estates in western Tennessee, then sign up now for the second annual retreat on July 9-12, 2015. We’ll be playing with paper mache, drawing, painting, making paper sculptures and much, … Read More

2nd Annual Art Retreat Approaches, July 9–12

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July 9th is getting closer, but it’s not too late to reserve a spot in my weekend art retreat in western Tennessee. I’ll be bringing dozens of my favorite art projects and Regina, owner of Whitney Hill Estate, will be cooking up a storm for all the lucky guests. Her beautiful, historic … Read More

Haiti Artists are on their way!

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My school started fundraising for an Art Teacher Exchange late last year, and our special guests are about to arrive. Here they are in the Miami airport, waiting for their flight to LAX tonight. The three artists are with a group called the Atis Rezistans, and work out of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. They … Read More

Dutch Windmills

This amazing idea comes from Dream, Draw, Create. An uncoated paper plate takes the watercolor really well, and the border makes for an instant frame. My sample is drawn in pencil, traced with a marker, and then painted with watercolors. With all the multicultural projects goring on at my school right now, … Read More

Foil and Sharpie Suns

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If you’re looking for something different, but don’t want extra prep work, try having students drawing on aluminum foil sheets that are glued (with a glue stick) to a paper plate. The circle shape is built in, and the Sharpie color on foil never ceases to amaze. Especially when rainbows are involved, … Read More

2nd Annual Art Retreat, July 9–12

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I don’t know about you, but this is my idea of heaven. Working on art projects with new friends, eating gourmet food, while relaxing in an historic old house for one, long lazy weekend. That’s what will happen this summer during my 2nd annual Whitney Hill Art Retreat in Hickory Valley, TN, … Read More

Another Model Magic Pizza

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From last week’s Model Magic class, here is what a 4th grader created. Lily was pretty clever with her pepperoni as she just used a Sharpie marker to make the little black dots. Smart girl!

Mother’s Day Tissue Hearts

Here’s my solution this year for student’s Mother Day gift. It’s revisiting an old tissue paper technique that’s been around forever, and can really look nice if done well. PREP: I used our school’s die cut to make a heart for each student. I actually switched to heavy watercolor paper when my … Read More

Canvas Covered Journals

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This is basically a piece of painted canvas glued to a pad of 6″ x 9″ paper with chip board covers. I love how the students, especially this kinder Zac, just got experimental with making designs. Wish I could keep this one for myself! CLASS ONE: Students paint an over sized piece … Read More

Easy Bumblebee Collage

Here’s what I would call a kinder and first grade version of my Bumblebee project. I think it’s a good way to introduce children to collage as the colors are fun and bright and the cutting is pretty basic. PREP: I bought most of my colored papers at Staples. The letter size … Read More

Draw an Elephant Preview

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Here’s a preview of a new Elephant Drawing tutorial, which will be coming soon. I think it will work for a wide range of students as it’s not overly simple, and offers shading practice for the more experienced artist.

Art Retreat – July 9 to 12

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I don’t know about you, but this is my idea of heaven. Working on art projects with new friends, eating gourmet food, while relaxing in an historic old house for one, long lazy weekend. That’s what will happen this summer during my 2nd annual Whitney Hill Art Retreat in Hickory Valley, TN. … Read More

Cheap Scratcher Sticks

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I’ve found some of the best art supplies at my local Smart & Final (restaurant supply) store. If you ever need scratcher sticks, be it for scratch art paper or clay projects, etc., try using wooden skewers instead. You can get 500 for about $8, versus 25 wooden stylus for $4. I’m … Read More

New Discovery, Kuttlefish

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I think I just found a HUGE resource for recycled art ideas, a new site called Kuttlefish. It’s like Etsy meets recycling artists meets social good. You can’t get much better than that. Please share it with your friends and family as I love to support endeavors like this.

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