Endangered Animals Earth Day Mural

Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22nd. My Endangered Earth Day collaborative art project is great for schools and any group that wants to create something special by working together. Color each page and then tape together to end up with a 48″ x 48″ mural. The endangered species shown are: Sandhill Crane, Gorilla, Macaw, … Read More

Painted Raindrops

Here’s what my coffee filter raindrops look like in my room, I have about 25 of them hanging from fish line. I like them and how they move with the A/C unit, now I just want MORE. MATERIALS • Jumbo coffee filters • Old steam iron • Liquid watercolor paints • Spray starch • Scissors • … Read More

Art Room Storage

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 dozens of different things to organize, having them all … Read More

Self Portraits on Display

Here’s my canvas project from last year, finally on display at the local library in Studio City, CA. Each 18″ x 36″ canvas has self portraits from an entire grade level, representing kinder through 5th grade. It’s funny that it started off as a project with another destination in mind, but now seems custom made for … Read More

“Pizza, Pizza” for Art Storage

If you missed my post about this last year, here is my favorite way to help kinder teachers store their student’s artwork. They are 14″ pizza boxes that a local pizzeria donates in flat bundles. I like to fold them with the logos inside so students can decorate the blank exterior, but either way, they work … Read More

Art Storage

I tried these pizza boxes for kinder art storage last year, and they were a hit. They are obviously very easy to stack, accept lots of bumpy art, and are great for handing off to parents at the end of the year. And if you can get a local pizza shop to donate them – they … Read More

Student Gallery of Murals

I’d like to thank Ms. Sterling’s 5th and 6th grade class at Orangevale Adventist School for sharing their amazing artwork with me. They have used my murals for the past three years with these beautiful results. The finished art is mounted on a canvas with Modge Podge before hanging them in the art room (which looks … Read More

Art “Hall of Fame”

I’d like to share a new program that I started at my school this spring called the “Art Hall of Fame”. It came about from seeing some breathtaking student work that I didn’t want to see just disappear into backpacks. I’ve learned that these pieces of art don’t always get made right before official art shows, … Read More

Portfolios + Prang Metallic Markers

This is my secret for keeping all my afterschool students artwork organized and safe until it’s time to go home. The bonus is the black cover of these Itoyo Profolios work great with Prang Metallic Markers – the colors just pop off the black. Students place all their work in them each week, and are encouraged … Read More

Free Welcome Sign Template

The countdown to a new school year is not far away. And since no self-respecting art teacher would buy a pre-made “Welcome” sign (just kidding!) I made one of my own. It’s a 4-page pdf file with large outlined letters that you can print and color any way you wish. I used my favorite Portfolio® pastels … Read More

Color Wheel Download

I’ve found that most color wheels are either too complicated (lots of sections and subsections) or too simple (three overlapping balloons) for your average elementary student. My solution was to make my own, and also diagram primary, secondary, warm, cool and complementary colors. Enjoy! • View and download Color Wheel PDF

Try Artkive

Whew. Spent the last day of school handing out every last bit of student art, so I know there are lots of households that have been deluged lately. Don’t throw it away or stuff it in a box…try this new app, Artkive, that I was turned on to recently by a parent. Artkive is the fastest … Read More

Hallway Pencil Poles

The hallway at my school just got a lot more fun, thanks to some amazing students and moms that finished our new “Hall of Pencils” today.  1. Some very civic-minded graduates decided they wanted to help make our school more colorful, so they began this pencil project that had been on the PTA’s “to do” list … Read More