March 29, 2019

A Pinterest-Inspired Project with Outstanding Results

Portraiture can be tricky to teach. Not only is the human form difficult to draw, many students feel self-conscious when trying to capture their own likeness. Today, however, I’m sharing a lesson that will have all of your advanced art students succeeding—Pinspiration Portraits! As art educators, one of our ultimate goals should be to find ways to help students thrive, and this lesson does just that. In addition, it’s a wonderful tool to help students reflect on all the work they’ve done throughout their art education. Before starting, here are 4 ideas to try to make sure your students have a solid foundation. 1. Make drawing facial features part of your regular practice. You might consider having them regularly practice drawing eyes, noses, mouths, ears, and hair in their visual journals. 2. Start with a more straightforward skill-building portrait first. The lesson described in the article The Perfect Introduction to Portraiture […]
April 17, 2019

How to Create Glowing Black Light Art

It’s in my nature to try and put a positive spin on any situation. So when I switched schools and found myself in a classroom with no natural light, I was determined to find an upside. After learning about glowing art galleries at my state’s fall art conference, I knew I found my answer. I had discovered black light art, and I was obsessed. Here’s how to get started with black light art in your room! When I first started looking into black light art, I had a million questions. Do I have to use glow in the dark paint? What kind of special oil pastels do I use? How much is this all going to cost? How does it actually work? Is it…”magic”? Lean in for the secret… All you need are black lights and neon artmaking tools. That’s it! Draw with neon oil pastels or splatter paint with […]