Trying is Brave

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This illustration was made by Charlotte Trounce. Stop by her website to see many beautiful maps, portraits, patterns & editorial illustrations!

A few weeks ago I had an interesting experience, which made me reevaluate the way I speak about achievement, the way I look at my own goals, and the way I talk about these things to my students and my daughter.

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Tried & True Teacher Tricks For Classroom Art With Young Kids

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School Bus Print by Blanca Gomez. Check out all the lovely prints she has for sale in her shop

Imagine you are an art-loving parent volunteering to teach an art lesson in an elementary school teacher’s classroom. You want the kids to have fun, learn a new skill and complete artwork they feel super proud of.

But maybe you’re a little stressed by the thought of teaching 30 kids at once, and possibly trashing the room in the process? Here are a few things I do to make my lessons run as smoothly as possible and motivate better listening. Continue reading “Tried & True Teacher Tricks For Classroom Art With Young Kids”

DIY: (Part 2) How to Shade and Highlight a Human Facial Profile

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Progress animation of Part 2 in my David drawing tutorial. Look for the step-by-step video below!

You can do WAY more than “barely draw a stick figure.”

I really believe that any person can surprise themselves with the creative ability that exists inside them, and we need glimpses of that in ourselves. You know how just about every mom makes their kids take piano lessons as a kid? Like many kids, I often dreaded it… because it took time and practice, and I wasn’t what you’d call a prodigy. But after most lessons I realized I did better than I originally thought I would, and that made me feel good. If you try this project, and you work along with my video, I promise you’ll come out with a much better drawing than you expected. Drawing is SO good for the brain, and nobody would do it if it wasn’t so rewarding. Give yourself a chance!  Continue reading “DIY: (Part 2) How to Shade and Highlight a Human Facial Profile”

Why are artistic experiences so important?

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^ The above illustration is by NYC artist Ping Zhu. Ping made this image for Nostalgics Studio in Hong Kong. She is one of my absolute favorite painter illustrators. Check her out on instagram

I thought a great way to explain why I started Paint Lemonade would be to write a manifesto. Here are 3 beliefs that stand behind every article on this site:

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My Mom the Art Teacher

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I am still a young mom with so much to learn, but there are three solid things I know about self-esteem, mental health, and happy parent-child relationships:

  1. Kids blossom when they have creative outlets.
  2. Adults need stress relief and moments to help them feel like kids again.
  3. Parents and children both need quality time together.

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