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Monthly Archives: May 2021

Learning to Draw Matters

You have a magic carpet/That will whiz you through the air To Spain or Maine or Mexico/If you just tell it where.  So will you let it take you/Where you’ve never gone before? Or will you buy some drapes to … Continue reading

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What Should I Draw?

“What should I draw?” is a common refrain from students in my art classroom. After years of answering this question, I have found that the answer is different for each student. As artists develop their skills, certain drawing subjects are … Continue reading

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How to Set Up a Painting Studio

Save yourself frustration and hassle by setting up your art studio space the right way.     Learning how to draw and paint at the highest levels is challenging enough – there is no need to make the task even … Continue reading

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Art Skill Scarcity: What Happened?

Learning how to draw realistically was a necessary skill taught in much formal education up until the dawn of the 20th century. Being able to accurately draw ideas for a bridge was as necessary of a skill for engineers as … Continue reading

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4 Must-Read Atelier Art Books for Newbies

New to atelier training? Here are 4 great books to help you get started.   Please note this post contains affiliate links. You can read our policy on affiliate links here. 1. Beginning Drawing Atelier by Juliette Aristides. To be … Continue reading

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MAY BLOOMS

And so does the hope for a return to a more “normal” school year.  But what is “normal” in the art classroom anymore? And should we go back to teaching art exactly the way we were before?   The pandemic may have … Continue reading

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BEST DRAWING PENCILS FOR THE CLASSROOM

This guide reviews the pros and cons of 3 different pencil styles as seen through the lens of classroom use.   Before we begin, you should know that I have a controversial stance when it comes to drawing pencils. I … Continue reading

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How to Set Up an Oil Painting Palette

You can make a complete mess of your painting palette, or you can set it up the smart way.     Nothing is worse than being really into your painting only to discover your palette has left a trail of … Continue reading

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Best Easels for the Art Classroom

Discover the best easel style for your art teaching needs. There are 2 major easel types that are useful for teaching art to large groups of students. There are pros and cons of each kind of easel, and these reviews … Continue reading

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