Tried & True Teacher Tricks For Classroom Art With Young Kids


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”


“Is Art School Right For Me?”


Photograph embroidered by Victoria Villasana. Her work is fabulous, and you should definitely visit her shop.

“It’s important to think about end-game goals for your college experience. Maybe you want to make inspiring friends and great connections or maybe you want to master a completely new medium. Ask yourself – what exactly do you want to get out of art school?”  Angella D’Avignon  from Society 6’s  “Should You Go To Art School?”   

Are you thinking about a creative career, and wondering if art school is worth your time and money?

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My Absolute Favorite Coloring Trick in Photoshop


In college, one of my illustration professors gave some advice that stuck with me:

“You can do anything with a really good drawing.”

That could not be more true! With an awesome drawing you could make a fantastic painting, a well-designed screen print, thorough plans for an amazing sculpture… and the list goes on and on.  There are even more possibilities to build upon a beautiful drawing after scanning it and making playful adjustments with digital tools.

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DIY: How to Draw & Color a Tree with Personality

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Trunk of an Old Yew Tree (1888) by Vincent van Gogh

All trees grow in unique directions, so if you want to draw a certain tree accurately, it is helpful to look closely at the way branches split, where the leaves or needles grow, the shape and movement of the branches, etc. Today I’m going to teach you how to draw an oak tree like the one you see below. This lesson is basic but definitely not age specific. The project can be simplified or made more complex to match any skill level.

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DIY: (Part 2) Paint a Graphic Design on the Floor


If you have not yet seen part 1 of this tutorial, you should check it out! If you’ve already created a design you love, let’s prepare to paint your custom floor!

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DIY: (Part 1) Paint a Graphic Design on the Floor


I have wanted to post about this for quite a while. This project is a great example of how paint can personalize and improve just about anything in your house. This post is an introduction to the design process, and you can also read part 2 to learn how we painted it.

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DIY: 5 Ways to Compose a Sketchbook that Rocks


Creativity is something we all possess, and when we invest in it, it grows bigger and we become more capable. Working in a sketchbook is amazing because you can explore topics no one else in the world would capture in the same way. Your ideas and perspective are important!

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