Op Art Hearts Color Study

Sunday, November 30, 2014
See how you can use this fun lesson to teach about color theory while making op art hearts!

Recently, somebody asked how many different colors students should use when making the Op Art Hearts, found in one of Expressive Monkey's Op Art lesson sets.  This made me think of all the different color lessons that could be incorporated into this easy Op Art lesson.  So here are a few samples of what I mean. 

How to Download a Zipped File to an iPad

Sunday, November 16, 2014

This tutorial will help you download a zip file from online to your iPad or iPhone.  I'm using an iPad 2 for this demonstration with OS 8.  

5 Tips for Encouraging Reluctant Drawers

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Drawing is one of my favorite things to teach.  I love getting students to know that they CAN learn to draw!  Here are some tips that I find helpful.

Watercolors and Plastic Wrap on a Warm Colored Monster

Monday, October 6, 2014
Warm Colored Monster - Use monsters and this watercolor technique that uses plastic wrap to teach about warm and cool colors. - Warm Colors - Color Art Lesson Idea - Painted Monster Lesson

Monsters are a fun way to put some color theory to use.  This is my warm colored monster that I create using watercolors oil pastels and some plastic wrap.  The plastic wrap is a fun way to create a texture in your watercolor painting. 

Contrasting Color Monster: Texture Rubbing Technique

Contrasting Colored Monsters - Use monsters and texture rubbings to teach about contrasting colors. Color Complements - Color Art Lesson Idea -

Expressive Monkey has made 13 Monster Coloring Pages just to make sure your students have some extra fun!  You can use the Monster Coloring Pages as an extra activity for early finishers, or use the pages to teach color theory or as writing inspiration.  

Contrasting Color Monsters: Watercolor & Alcohol Technique

Monday, September 29, 2014
Contrasting Colored Monster - Use monsters and this watercolor & alcohol technique to teach about contrasting colors.  Color Complements - Color Art Lesson Idea - Painted Monster Lesson

Using contrasting colors on a monster is a fun way to practice using color theory.  

6 Ways to Save Time in the Art Room

Friday, September 26, 2014


We all know that time flies when you are having fun.  So you can imagine how fast an art class can fly by!  That's fine if you are a kid, but the art teacher has the daunting task of fitting so many things into the space of a short art class, then having the students cleaned up, lined up and ready for the next class to come in and start it all over again.  That's why small changes can make a big difference when you are repeating your procedures several times a day.  So I'm giving you a sneak peek into the classroom at Brown Elementary to see how Ms. Murdock keeps on schedule in style!


Teaching Art in Style



Using Markers, Water and Watercolors on Sunflowers.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014



For this drawing, I picked 3 of Expressive Monkey's Sunflower Description Cards to create the design of my sunflower.  There are 16 description cards in the set, as you can see, I used number 15, 1 and 4 for this combination.  When I was finished, I went over my pencil lines with a Sharpie marker. 

Using Salt Watercolors and Oil Pastels with the Sunflower Dice Drawing Sheet

Tuesday, September 23, 2014




Are you looking for a fun new way to teach your students about Vincent van Gogh?  I've used a Sunflower Roll & Draw Page, made by Expressive Monkey to get started with the drawing. 
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