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Category: Classroom Tips & Tricks

Saving Acrylics on your palette

Use science to keep your water-based paints fresh for weeks and more. There you are, putting down your phone after being told you’re needed somewhere. You look down at your palette and the huge gobs of paints you’ve put out and mixed up. Plans change – you’re used to that – but what’s the best way to save all that paint? Some people use those big plastic palettes with a sponge in it, and a lid. You almost bought one recently… but regrets won’t save these paints today. You don’t need a fancy palette. They work because they take...

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SLIDESHOW – How to set up canvas

Slideshows and videos are in many of our lessons, but we also publish each one separately so you can find them without wandering through old posts aimlessly. Just enter text into the “search the site” field over to the right, for something you remember. It can be something that was in the photos or written in the text. Slideshows are presented as a vertical stack of photos with captions, which are easy to zoom in on using your fingers to pinch on a touch screen or touchpad. Just scroll down to advance. How to set up canvas sheets from a canvas pad...

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SLIDESHOW : yarn gluing for prints

Slideshows and videos are in many of our lessons, but we also publish each one separately so you can find them without wandering through old posts aimlessly. Just enter text into the “search the site” field over to the right, for something you remember. It can be something that was in the photos or written in the text. Slideshows are presented as a vertical stack of photos with captions, which are easy to zoom in using your fingers to pinch on a touch screen or touchpad. Just scroll down to advance to the next picture. Description Here’s how to make a yarn...

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SLIDESHOW : Hand Framing

Slideshows and videos are in many of our lessons, but we also publish each one separately so you can find them without wandering through old posts aimlessly. Just enter text into the “search the site” field over to the right, for something you remember. It can be something that was in the photos or written in the text. Slideshows are presented as a vertical stack of photos with captions, which are easy to zoom in on using your fingers to pinch on a touch screen or touchpad. Just scroll down to advance. Description Using two hands and closing one eye, you can...

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“look at me when I’m talking to you!”

This is the last thing you should say to an artist. There you are, making the point of a lifetime, and your students are all doodling. No one is paying any attention to you at all! Well, that’s what you think is happening. It’s normal to think that way. We are wired to believe people are listening to us when they make eye contact, and ignoring us when they don’t. You know what though? It is just the opposite when a visual person is doodling. That’s actually the best way they can pay attention and retain what you are saying. (Here’s a...

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SCROLL & TEACH

Never rewrite a lesson plan again. Read ours once, print your PDFs, and use our easy SCROLL & TEACH lesson plan right on your phone (or other device).

We’ve even included a SUBMIT YOUR SUMMARY text. Just copy & paste and you can send to your principal. It’s an abbreviated lesson plan, with standards and learning targets.

READY, SET, GO!

Look for the READY, SET, GO! section at the bottom of each page. There’s background info, lists, and a printable Prep Page so you don’t have to write down a thing.

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