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Category: Extras

VIDEO – Hatch Shading Demo

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 Here’s a great video where Dennas shows you how to make the best shading technique – like a pro!  V I D E O Hatch Shading D E M O Tap to open - Tap the ArtSquish logo to...

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Modeling Clay – What you need for clay projects

Every winter we use modeling clay in our ArtSquish lessons. Students learn how to draw things better if they have held them with their own hands right before drawing them, and creating the shapes is even more helpful. It’s also a great way to teach anatomy, and we mostly use it for the face and parts of the face. Clay can be purchased online and in art stores. They have some very cheap brands in the big box stores. I caution you to not purchase these kids art brands (usually in rainbow colored boxes), because this clay deteriorates quickly and becomes...

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The 4 ArtSquish Rules

Everyone has ’em. Here at ArtSquish we have 4 big rules. The first rule is…. drumrolll… 1. Not. Too. Many. Rules. This is funny, but it also makes a point. There are not a lot of rules in creativity. You either like it or you don’t. If you want to invent a new thing, that can sometimes be really cool. Rules are there to keep people safe and have a good time. Making art is usually pretty fun and safe, so our rules are easy. 2. Be nice! Everyone knows this rule. But did you know we have 3 ways this...

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Gingerbread house – project preparations

Gingerbread House Week is coming December 14-18! Every student needs to bring some things for this project A half-gallon (old-style) milk or juice carton that has a house-like shape at the top. Corrugated cardboard for a base – 7-9 inches rectangle or square. Candy for the decorations! Candy needs to be PEANUT FREE (no M&Ms),and hard or chewy. Pretzels are good too. Lifesavers Licorice strips Jellies and gumdrops Mints/candy canes/Peppermint sticks Old fashioned candies Hard candies of any kinds Pretzels...

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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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