April 1, 2019

8 Things You Need in Your Art Room to Make Your Life Easier

As art teachers, we are constantly looking for ways to make our lives a little easier. A spare moment rarely exists in the art room. There are always things to clean; the cycle is never-ending. It seems like we spend hours preparing materials for students only to find chaos when they leave. We might have systems in place that make us work a lot harder than necessary. It doesn’t have to be this way. Here are 8 things you can do now to make your life a little easier. 1. Distribute paint with FIFO bottles. No matter what we seem to do in our classrooms distributing paint tends to be problematic. Paint pumps clog and create a mess. Paint bottle lids are easily lost. They can be so small you’re constantly replacing them or so big they are hard to handle. We have a solution for your painting woes—fill your […]
April 12, 2019

12 Ways to Balance Teaching Art and Creating Art

It’s the age-old question; how do we balance teaching art and making art? While we know creating is vital to our well-being, finding the time to do so can seem like an impossible task. Plus, what works for one art teacher may not work for another. To help with this conundrum, I reached out to several of my art teacher heroes. Together we’ll share our best tips for balancing it all. Here are 12 Ways to Balance Teaching Art and Creating Art 1. Use art to make memories. Several years ago, I started to seriously consider how much I was enjoying the process of drawing, doodling, and experimenting with media. It dawned on me that perhaps I should do this weekly using the journal prompts I teach my students. So, I started to do the same prompt-based art journal work weekly I required my students to do. Not only did I […]