Elves from the Art Room

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Turn your elf craft project into more than just an art lesson.  Let your elves motivate students to use good behavior leading up to Christmas (or anytime)!  Draw elves that show kindness, giving, respect, responsibility, and other virtues. Don't miss the link to the free drawing page at the end of this post.
Turn your elf craft project into more than just an art lesson.  Let your elves motivate students to use good behavior leading up to Christmas (or anytime)!  Draw elves that show kindness, giving, respect, responsibility, and other virtues. Don't miss the link to the free drawing page at the end of this post.

The Organized Clay Project

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Tips and tricks for keeping clay projects organized in the elementary art room.
Tips and tricks for keeping clay projects organized in the elementary art room. 

Snowman Family Snow Globes

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

See how to make this Snowman Family Snow Globe.  This winter craft project & writing activity also makes a great art lesson about families and identity.
See how to make this Snowman Family Snow Globe.  This winter craft project & writing activity also makes a great art lesson about families and identity.  

Zentangled Celtic Knot Letters

Monday, November 27, 2017

See step by step how to draw a Celtic knot letter with zentangles.  Use this art lesson for kids and adults to create a stunning alphabet.  See how I snuck in some color theory as well :-)
See step by step how to draw a Celtic knot letter with zentangles.  
Use this art lesson for kids and adults to create a stunning alphabet.  
See how I snuck in some color theory as well :-)

Zentangled Winter Trees

Sunday, November 26, 2017
See step by step how to make a dazzling watercolor sky and add zentangles to winter trees.  Don't miss the free page of zentangle pattern ideas for your trees in this blog post.
See step by step how to make a dazzling watercolor sky and add zentangles to winter trees.  Don't miss the link at the bottom of the page to get a free page of zentangle pattern ideas for your trees.

Gratitude Trees from All Over!

Friday, November 17, 2017
The Gratitude Tree Story and Class Activity is a great lesson for teaching kids about gratitude around Thanksgiving or any time of the year.  The printable leaves make this a quick and easy craft that will give students a beautiful lasting reminder to be grateful.
The Gratitude Tree Story and Class Activity is a great lesson for teaching kids about gratitude around Thanksgiving or any time of the year.  The printable leaves make this a quick and easy craft that will give students a beautiful lasting reminder to be grateful.

Stars & Stripes Patriotic Art

Thursday, November 9, 2017
This patriotic art project is a great art lesson for 4th or July, President's Day, Veteran's Day or Flag Day. I'll show you step-by-step how you can make a Star with Waves that can also be used for a writing lesson.

This patriotic art project is a great art lesson for 4th or July, President's Day, Veteran's Day or Flag Day. I'll show you step-by-step how you can make a Star with Waves that can also be used for a writing lesson.

  

Halloween Pumpkin Face Art Project for Kids

Sunday, October 22, 2017
3 easy art  techniques for adding color to your jack o lantern drawing.  A fun Halloween art project for kids adding faces to their pumpkins and maybe even reviewing a little coloring mixing.  Need a quick fall art lesson idea?
Are you ready for some ideas to add color to your jack o lantern drawing?  Here are 3 easy techniques for adding color to those pumpkin face drawings.  Using the Pumpkin Drawing Pages from Expressive Monkey turns this into a super fun art activity for a fall weekend or Halloween party.  Throw in a little color mixing and adjectives and you've made some nice curriculum integrations! 

Monster File Folder Texture Plates

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Wow!  These texture plates are easy to make and kids really love using them!  Check how I made cute monsters even cuter with my DIY texture plates and recycled crayons.  Two great ways to save money in the art room!
Wow! These texture plates are easy to make and kids really love using them! Check how I made cute monsters even cuter with my DIY texture plates and recycled crayons. Two great ways to save money in the art room!

Monster Artist Trading Cards with Textures

These Monster ATC Cards are so easy and fun to make that students will have no problem making several to trade with their friends or give away. Once you see the easy step-by-step tutorial you won't be able to make just one!
These Monster ATC Cards are so easy and fun to make that students will have no problem making several to trade with their friends or give away. Once you see the easy step-by-step tutorial you won't be able to make just one!

Monster Adjectives: Fun Drawing & Texture Art Lesson

Monday, September 18, 2017

This will make teaching adjectives a ton of fun!  Kids will get to experiment with oil pastels and create textures to match adjectives like shaggy and bumpy.  See my 3 favorite texture ideas with step-by-step photos for each one.
This will make teaching adjectives a ton of fun! Kids will get to experiment with oil pastels and create textures to match adjectives like shaggy and bumpy. See my 3 favorite texture ideas with step-by-step photos for each one.

DIY File Folder Texture Plates

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

I couldn't believe how easy and cheap it could be to create your own texture plates! Now I can do texture rubbing art lessons with kids without breaking the bank!  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

When monsters teach color you make learning fun.  See 3 lesson ideas for letting the monsters into your art room.
When monsters teach color you make learning fun. See 3 lesson ideas for letting the monsters into your art room

Picasso Face Demonstration

Saturday, July 8, 2017
This fun Picasso art project for kids will make it difficult to hold back the giggles!  Children love all the possibilities and you'll love how easy it will be to plan this abstract portrait drawing lesson!


Are you looking for an easy way to ease into painting with your students?  This technique uses only Sharpie markers, crayons, texture plates, colored markers, and water (no paint)
- and looks GREAT!

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
Do you feel like your lessons just happen in random order?  Do students ever ask, "Why are we learning about this?"  If so, take a look at how I organized my curriculum using Big Ideas.  This not only helped me plan my lessons but also made the lessons more meaningful by making connections to student's lives.
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