Monday, December 19, 2011

Pop Art Clay Portraits - Lesson Plan

Lesson plan video from Blick. They shared this lesson at my state conference and it is nice to have this to remind me what they did there.

Simon's Cat in 'Santa Claws'

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Janmashtami (Krishnashtami) 2008

For a lesson on family celebrations, an Indian student of mine chose the holiday Janmashtami. I tried representing different cultures with videos, and this is one for that occasion. If anyone has anything better, please send me a link.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Sesame Street: Kwanzaa

Elmo's - Hannukah

Holi Festival India

Holi Festival in India...Festival of Colors

YOYO - Eid Song - أغنية العيد - يويو

Several grades do lessons centered around family traditions. We have many Muslim students and I was looking for a visual of some sort to represent their family celebrations. Here's a cute one for Eid.

Pingu: Pingu builds an Igloo

Friday, December 9, 2011

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

How to Grow a Mandala

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Texture Paint

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Prof. Elliot W. Eisner: "What Do the Arts Teach?"

....for when you're in listening/learning mode....gotta love elliot eisner!

CFA Art Education Conference Drawing in the Schools: Research, Practice ...

I'm posting this as a reminder to myself to watch it in its entirety.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Tattle Questions- (song for kids about tattle-tales)

The Making of A, by Bianca Chang

The making of A from Bianca Chang on Vimeo.

Bianca Chang - Recent Works, June 2011 from Bianca Chang on Vimeo.

Foam Paint lessons 1-4

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Elements of Art

Mr. High's Classroom Rules

Art Room Rules Claymation

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Artists and their Self Portraits

intro to self portrait ... elementary

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Kolams of Pondicherry....via Barbara

Check out this video over at Barbara's Thought of the Day.

I had never heard of kolams before. How amazing!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

30 Day Challenges (TED Talk)

I think I have about this long until school starts.  How about you?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Bits and Pieces Art Program

This video highlights the art journaling program Melody M. Nunez volunteer-teaches to disadvantaged elementary school students.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sesame Street - The King Gives a Picnic


Mickey Cartoons — The Picnic (November 14, 1930)


Teddy Bear's Picnic


Sesame Street: The Count's Picnic


Sesame Street - The Ladybugs' Picnic


Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Travel Journals

Friday, May 27, 2011

Elementary Stitchery - Threading a Needle

This is how I teach my students in grades K through 5 how to thread a needle.

The threader tool I use is a piece of copper wire that I wrapped around a pen. I used masking tape to tape the ends.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Another odd one from Cyriak. (I love it!) Not so sure my little ones would appreciate it, but my fifth graders would think it is very cool.

The Big Pig Song

This is a video I could show pre-K through second if there is time left over at the end of class.

Thanks for the "Hooked on Phonics" video idea, Ms. Hahn.....Mini Matisse.

Dismissal Video - Monsters, Inc. "Put that thing back where it came from, or so help me!"

Dismissal Video - Cars 2 - Trailer 4

Dismissal Video - Toy Story 3 Official Trailer [HD]

Dismissal Video - Simon's Cat in 'Hop It'

Dismissal Video - Simon's Cat in 'Cat Chat'

Monday, May 16, 2011

Sunday, May 15, 2011

1a geo ruler use

This was over at Nicole Hahn's blog, "Mini Matisse."  She has a bunch of tutorials over on YouTube too!  Thanks, Nicole.  I love tutorials for school related stuff.

Windows....CBS Sunday Morning

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Orange Telecom by PES

This makes me smile.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Visual Art Class: 6th and 7th Grade

Dismissal Video - Crazy Frog - Axel F

This is annoying to me, but I think my fourth and fifth graders will be riveted to it during dismissal.

.....or ribbeted.

Mr Frog Went A-Courting

More cool animation from the Film Board of Canada.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Nest is Best - HD alternate.mpg

Building a Nest

I wish I had the room to do this!

Bird's Nest Craft

This is similar to the idea I want to use for pre-k nests.

Sesame Street: Grover Finds A Bird's Nest

I'm building a preschool lesson on nests and may use this during that lesson.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Making a Simple Animal out of Clay

RIF Finger Play - This Old Man

I use fingerplays during circle time at the beginning of class in preschool and kindergarten. It warms us all up and focuses on getting ready to listen.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Blick Lesson: Quilted Foil

Disney Outtakes - Dismissal

I will use these for dismissal time.  Please preview them for appropriateness as there is some potty humor that may or may not offend.

Provoking Thinking

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Dirty Car Art


Monday, April 4, 2011

Jan Brett - How to Draw a Hedgehog

Jan Brett has a site with several videos. Here's a link to one on How to Draw a Hedgehog.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Snippety Gibbet's Sculpture Song

This is a song I came up with to help kids understand sculpture. After one time singing it through, it is mostly stuck permanently in their brains. I like that because they often have difficulty in describing exactly what differentiates sculpture from another art form.

Canadian Artist Maud Lewis

Artist Maud Lewis

The Dingles...I Use this for Dismissal

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Creating Art Out of Gum

This is from my alma mater. LOL!

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Cat Came Back

This is another great film from the National Film Board of Canada.  This would be another one that I could show during dismissal.  I could also picture it as an inspiration for a sub lesson.  The kids might have to think of a series of drawings like a cartoon storyboard.  What might happen each time the cat came back...or the cow...or the moose...

Carried Away

........from the National Film Board of Canada.  "Carried Away."  It's a little over 6 minutes long.  This is the synopsis from their site.

This short animated film is an impressionistic reflection on the creative process. Using black-and-white photographs (representing reality), overlaid with animated colour drawings (representing fantasy), it illustrates the artist as he braves creative storms, indulges spontaneous bursts of inspiration and learns, by trial and error, to harness his creative powers.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Cartoons in the Art Room?

Someone asked about the reasons I post the Bugs Bunny cartoons and the like. I don't use them during class time for the most part.   My students dismiss from my classroom at the end of the day and the dismissal process takes about 15 minutes.  So, while the kids are waiting to hear their buses called, I show a cartoon.  They stay mostly quiet and that saves my sanity at the end of the day.

Once in a while, if my preschool classes finish  their work with too short an amount of time to do anything else, I might show one.  That way, when their teacher arrives at the door, they're calm.  We're not running around trying to gather up supplies.

Thanks for asking.

bugs bunny & marvin the martian hare way to the sta

......for dismissal

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Itty Bitty Art with Allie Mackay 4.flv

What an amazing idea for a fundraiser!

Coinstar by PES

It's a commercial for Coinstar, but I love that PES!

Friday, March 18, 2011


Mandongos! This is from the blog, Manuales. I use Yahoo's Babelfish to translate the page from Spanish to English.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Paper Collage Techniques with Nita Leland

....maybe something for my Art Club

Bugs Bunny - Wackiki Wabbit show during dismissal

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

Full Episode - Agent X

.......Dismissal video I will be using this week.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Friday, March 4, 2011

Over in the Meadow

I use these with preschool and kindergarten during what would be considered "circle time."

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Community Helpers

My kinders are studying community helpers. After our art lesson, I will show this.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

I Can Make Art...Like Emily Carr

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

........for my itty bitties to watch while we're waiting for dismissal.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Youth Art Month - Art Show - Millburn, NJ

This was a nicely done video of a YAM show in Millburn, NJ last year.


I am digging around for all things "Youth Art Month."  With all the cuts in funding to the arts right now, I am getting a bit feverish about advocacy, and trying to find some ideas that fit me.

Youth Art Month - Illustrator - Robert Sabuda

Ooooooooooooh la la!!!!!!!   As a paper artist, I just ADORE Robert Sabuda.  I look at his pop ups and am totally astounded at how his paper sculptures can fold up with such ease.  Here's another interview at "Meet Me At the"

Here's the link:

Youth Art Month - Illustrator - Lori Mitchell

Here's a great video for Youth Art Month.  It is an interview with Lori Mitchell and she talks about her life as a children's book illustrator.   CLICK HERE:  Lori Mitchell.....The website is "Meet me at the".

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Flea Fly

Doing The Penguin

Big Pig

Sunday, February 20, 2011

GASP! Amazing Site with Canadian Videos

SAllgood just sent me a link to a video from the National Film Board of Canada.  My jaw dropped at seeing what I am missing there!  Check this site out:  National Film Board of Canada.

Thanks, Stephanie!

Storyline Online

I had forgotten about Storyline Online.  It is a site with children's books read by members of the Screen Actor's Guild.  It's a really excellent resource.

Click here to go to the site:

Teach Green, April 2010

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Rhythm in Layers

Rhythm in Layers

Tall Painting

I found this on Craig Roland's ArtEducation 2.0 site.

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Right Brain Initiative

Good advocacy video.

Art History in a Hurry - Mona Lisa

Watch the Revolution in Art Education

Interesting art history lesson delivered in a computer lab.


Turning Oops's In To Art!

Lego Shark Attack

lego shark attack


Pigs In A Polka ( 1943 )

I will show this during dismissal.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

skinamarinki dinki dink

I am posting this one because it has the hand motions for "skinamarinky dinky do." This is more for me to watch and remember than for the kids to watch.

Yani's Monkeys

Monday, February 7, 2011

Duck Architecture

I'm teaching "duck architecture" this week.

Street Art: Joshua Allen Harris' Inflatable Bag Monsters

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Lunar New Year Do's & Don'ts

2011 is the year of the rabbit.

Preschool Song - Chinese New Year - Dragon Song

Monday, January 31, 2011

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011

the dreaded stairs

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011

Chinese Dragon Boat Festival and New Year Dragon Dance

kids activity: Chinese dragon dance in East London

Chinese dragon created by children in London.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Saturday, January 15, 2011

cows & cows & cows

Craig Roland tweeted this. It is too cool!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Clay Robot Tile Day Two

positive space
negative space

Clay Robot Tile Day One

negative space
positive space

Tom and Jerry Cartoon Baby Puss

I show this during dismissal at the end of the day.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Art Attack - ORIGINAL from ABC in the 90's (part 1)

...sound is a little low on this one

Art Attack tv show

Tar Beach - Sub Lesson

Monday, January 10, 2011

How to make Flowers with clay


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

ART - WALDORF -chalk drawing

Chuck Close