Thursday, November 14, 2019

Everyday Art Room: 5 New Mediums for the Creatives in our Lives

On the Everyday Art Room today, I talked about 5 New Mediums for the Creatives in our Lives. Art Teachers might want to give a listen to see if you are missing some of these in your classroom... but what I had intended for this episode is to provide it for teachers so that they can offer it to the families and partners in your lives who are wondering... What do I get my young Artist for the holidays or a birthday? Here are 5 ideas... plus on the podcast it's self, I give one bonus thought. 

As I mentioned, I don't have a favorite brand of these paint sticks. I do however know that kids love them... I have used them with students as old as 6th grade and ALL of them love this material! 

I adore this product because of the bold colors. I have recently done some work with them in lessons that Art to Remember has placed on their website... Heres how we used the product in class

3: Black Light Studio (Thanks to Sarah Karjewski)

Sarah actually has a pro pack on how to create a Black Light Art Show... Check out the free preview to see how to get this kind of a look in your classroom! OR... Here's some hot tips and tricks in an article she wrote on the same subject! 

4: 3D Printer Gun (Thanks to Abby Schukei) 

Abby not only has the link for the supplies but a great article about the product and how to use it. Check out this article on The Art of Education Magazine

These are the Ooly Watercolors I was telling you about on the podcast. Be sure to get your young artist both white watercolor paper and a brush, but also some black paper to explore what that looks like as well. 

Listen to the Everyday Art Room podcast to hear the bonus medium that I would suggest for you to give the young creatives in your life. 

Monday, November 11, 2019

Playdough Request

First Grade Parents of Hassan Elementary:
I'm excited to be teaching secondary colors using playdough in my upcoming unit. I would appreciate your help. I'm looking for parents who are willing to make a batch (or two) of playdough to send into the classroom. We will be studying Joan Miró for the next two lessons. Take a look at the past lesson that I have done, click here. Below is a very successful playdough recipe that I would love you to use if you would like to help out. 
I will need 5 batches of each primary color (red, yellow, and blue). I would like the playdough by December 2nd. You can email me if you are willing to make a batch of playdough,

IF your student is allergic to any of these ingredients, please let me know. I have done a health check with our office, but it never hurts to double-check. 

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Everyday Art Room: Scary Stories from the Art Room

October 31, 2019... what else would I talk about on Halloween other than Scary Stories from the Art Room on the Everyday Art Room? This is a personal and gory story about an injury that 'haunts' me. I don't want to share too much about the story, but I can share the results of it.

Due to this event... I have always sought a safe paper cutter. Almost 2 years ago I got one... and I have loved it ever since. Please take a look at the following video to get a better idea of how this thing works and why I can actually say I literally 'love' a paper cutter... OK... maybe I can say I strongly appreciate this paper cutter... here watch. 

You want one now... don't you. Well, here is a link to a variety of paper cutters like it. Just go from there.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Everyday Art Room: Arts Advocacy

In Boston at the NAEA Convention 2019, I roomed with two wonderful ladies. Heather Herbay (on the left) and Ashley McKee (on the right). I had been following Ashley for a while before... admiring her goals as an Art Educator and her voice as she communicated through images her hope for kindness, acceptance, and love for the world.

After following her for a while I FINALLY put two and two together and realized that Ashley was married to Randy McKee... another IG account that I admire!! I was blown away at the team that the are artistically and now after knowing the two a bit better... I'm in love with the team that they are as a family as well. 

Ashley and Randy have honored me in taking time out of their very busy lives to chat about Advocacy in Art. They both have very different approaches so I feel that this Everyday Art Room will really align with many people no matter what your style is.  

After checking out the podcast you are going to want to get to know these two better. Here is Ashley's IG account and in her profile... you will find links to all the things (posters, t-shirts, buttons...). That is the same as Randy. He does have an IG account but you are going to want to see their inspirational posters on his Etsy Shop as well.  

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Everyday Art Room: Keeping them in the Classroom

The theme for my school this year is Keeping Them in the Classroom. This is a HUGE topic when we are talking about students with high behaviors and needs. In the Everyday Art Room today I'm in no way saying I have the answers... or just do what I do... My goal in sharing this topic today is to start a conversation of ideas to put into our toolbox to help 'Keep them in the room'.

I talk a little about Aces in the podcast.  AGAIN, NOT AN EXPERT... but I know who is... learn more about Aces on ACE Interface. The speaker I most recently heard from is Tom Gonzalez from ACE Interface. He had many heart-touching stories and gave me a bigger picture of Trauma-Informed Care. 

In the podcast, I also talked about giving students a note before coming into class. This was an idea planted in my mind many years ago in a book called Classroom Management for Art, Music, and PE Teachers. Excellent book... I would highly recommend it. 

Doing a Curriculum Flip or Relationship Flip comes from training I am continuing to take at my school called ENVoY. I WILL be having experts from ENVoY on the podcast soon. They are amazing, but if you want to learn more about it now, please look at their website (click here)

This was a deep conversation and would love to hear your stories. First, listen to the podcast, and be sure to share your stories in the comments of the podcast. Click here for Everyday Art Room.