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Category: Classroom Tips & Tricks

Paint waster?

From so many viewpoints, the world can be divided into 2 groups of people. Do you toss wads of paint into the trash after painting or… do you squeeze every last bit of use out of microscopic palette dots? People who toss a lot of paint away may or may not be worried about it, but they understand that it takes waste to make art. “Waste not, want not” just doesn’t apply in this case. Instead it should be, “Waste not, want lot”. Your painting will be the one wanting. If you fall into the micro-dab group, I have...

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Art Supply List

Here is a list of all the specific supplies that are used in ArtSquish lessons. We’ve been using this supply list for 10 years at Firstlight Art Academy, and Dennas has used this palette of colors for over 30 years. You’ll see a lot of basic and familiar items. However, we have streamlined this list as much as possible to keep the cost of supplies as low as possible. Soon we will have a link to purchase all of these items from Dick Blick art supplies. 12 x 16 Canvas Pad – real gessoed canvas sheets, not canvas paper....

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Videos are arriving soon

We will always include videos in the lessons. There will be two kinds: 1. Training videos for the teacher 2. Doctor D videos for the classroom Demos of techniques for lessons Fun presentations of insights for lessons Emergency videos for when you aren’t ready to do your own demos that are in the lessons We are planning to set up the video work-flow in March, so check back...

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I like to invent phrases that are more descriptive than what we’ve used in the past, and are easy to remember. One such item that is both limited and outdated is, “slide-show”. I’m kind of surprised no one uses “screen-showing”. In our classrooms at Firstlight, we have several ways to share images and ideas. Printing things out is always an option, but we really do best when we’re using some sort of screen that students can all see. In order from moderately useful/easy, to really awesome and amazing, here are our methods. Detailed instructions for setting these up will...

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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.


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.