Great Art Lessons for the Creative Soul
Hello! We hope that this post finds you in a state of joy and gratitude after having a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. While many thoughts of gratitude continue to abound in our hearts, we thought about sharing three art resources that we are grateful for.
1. Deep Space Sparkle
This art education blog is an amazing resource for anyone who is looking for new ideas and inspiration to use for teaching elementary students art. Patty Palmer is an experienced art educator and the creator of this beautiful blog. Visit this blog today!
2. Ticonderoga Pencils
Ticonderoga pencils are some of the best pencils in the world. They are great for drawing, affordable, and are very high quality HB pencils. The black pencils are great for the art studio, especially on the secondary level, because they are easier to maintain and produce really nice tonal values. (No compensation was received for this, it's just our humble opinion)
The Art Lesson is a wonderful story written and illustrated by artist, Tomie DePaola. The story is sweet and a great book to read to younger art students.
What are you thankful for?
One of the most successful portrait lessons that I've taught on the secondary level uses the grid technique. Using the grid technique to teach drawing can really be effective in building students confidence in the art room. For this lesson, the students used magazine ads to create the drawings; they also used oil pastels to color the portraits. (Because it takes a good amount of time and focus to complete this project, this lesson really helps in managing an art class.)
This particular grid portrait is inspired by the work of Chuck Close. Chuck Close is a famous artist who is known for his beautiful portraits and inspiring story. To learn more about the grid technique and Chuck Close, click on the links below.
Hello! We hope this short post finds you doing well and enjoying an inspirational and creative fall season. We are very excited about the new art resources, tips and tutorials that we are preparing for 2014. Can you believe that the new year is just around the corner? Remember to check out our Pinterest page to find great art lessons and ideas for your classroom.
Alicia L. McDaniel
Alicia L. McDaniel is the author and creator of Great Art Lessons for the Creative Soul. She is also an educator, professional artist, and lover of the arts.
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