Friday, August 23, 2013

Elements of Art Handout and The smARTteacher

I try my best to stay up to date on the best way to stay connected with other art teachers.  I follow many teachers on Pinterest and look at lots of the awesome blogs out there.  I recently joined the Art Teachers Facebook page which is also a great resource.  Yesterday, I stumbled across this site...  It is a great way to share resources with other art teachers.  I just uploaded the Elements of Art Handout that I use with my 5th grades in their sketchbooks.  It is a very easy way to share files.  I am hoping to add more files soon.  This site is also backed by companies like Dick Blick and Crystal.  Very cool!

I realize I might be a bit behind in my discover, but I had to share.  I love finding all these great resources as I gear up for a new year :)


  1. Thr smarttteacher website is pretty cool. I entered contests twice and won $50 to Dick Blick in the last one. There are not a ton of people entering the contests so that helped my odds!

  2. Marcia that is great! Do they do that every month? What a nice motivation to share :)


  3. Subject: Ice Cream Work by Naoshi

    Dear Editor,

    I’m working with author and artist, Naoshi on her upcoming children’s book, Ice Cream Work. Ice Cream man is off to work! This cheerful, surreal story follows a stylish, hard-working confection as he navigates the work week. Happy to find different ways to help out, Ice Cream man works as a road cone in a construction zone, a golf ball and tee, a party popper, a nightlight and more. Not one to melt down on the weekends, Ice Cream Man joins friends for karaoke, a baseball game and shops for a new outfit, too.

    Japanese artist Naoshi creates Ice Cream Man’s whimsical world using Sunae, or sand painting. The result is a rich, saturated palette and a world of detailed whimsy. A “Look & Find” section encourages readers to peer more closely at the story to discover a world of miniature characters such as “Pretending Interest Cheetah” and “Bathing Lemon” playfully scattered throughout.

    In addition, Ice Cream Work demystifies the art of sunae with a hands-on “How To Make Sunae” project meant for parents and children to do together.

    “... Creating surreal worlds alive with wit and whimsy, one vibrantly colored grain of sand at a time, Ice Cream Work is a stunning piece of meticulous-yet-oddly spontaneous art that is as sweet and cool as a pint of hand-crafted ice cream. Anyone with an eye for the absurd with thoroughly lap up Ice Cream Work …” -- Dale Bayse, author of the Heck, Where the Bad Kids Go series.

    May I send you a copy of Ice Cream Work for review? The book is 40 pages and will be released by Overcup Books in October 2015. We’d love to see a review of it.
    Thanks in advance,

    Helen Laurens


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