DIY File Folder Texture Plates

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

DIY File Folder Texture Plate - create your own collection of textures for cheap!  Download the texture file labels for free :-)


I love my Fiskars texture plates!  But ... I wanted to figure out a cheap way for teachers with tight art budgets to create their own textures for students to use.  Depending on the age level you teach, your students could even make these to share.  

When Monsters Teach Color

Thursday, July 13, 2017
 Here are 3 different ideas for teaching about color using monsters.  You can have student draw their own monsters using  How To Draw Monsters or just use a Monster Coloring Page.  

Just click on the image to see more information and step by step instructions.



 Warm Colored Monster Lesson




 Monster with Texture Rubbing




 Contrasting Colored Monster

You can also get some monster lesson ideas on my Pinterest board about monsters.


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When Monsters Teach Color you have an engaging lesson that also can explore art techniques and use of color theory. - Art Lesson Ideas - Monster Art Lesson - Color Theory


Picasso Face Demonstration

Saturday, July 8, 2017
Picasso Face Roll & Draw Blog Demo - See step-by-step instructions for an easy way to make a vibrant work of art!

Organize Your Curriculum

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Organize your Curriculum - Teaching with Big Ideas in Art - Feelings - Identity - Culture - Society - Environment - Fantasy - Art Lesson Ideas

What Are I-Statements?

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


I statements are used to let someone know that you feel strongly about something without putting them on defense.  They can let the other person know that you own the feeling and are trying to deal with it yourself, but that you need help from them, without blaming them for the feeling.

For example, students might say, “I am feeling left out because I haven’t had a chance to join your game” instead of “you never let me play”.   

Why Are No Two Snowflakes Alike?

Monday, October 10, 2016
We've all heard that there are no two snowflakes alike.  
But have you ever wondered why?
I wanted to make a snowflake drawing page, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do some investigating about snowflakes!  I learned that there is a lot of science and make that goes into making those beautiful snowflakes. 

Preserving Leaves with Glycerin

Monday, October 3, 2016


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