Category Archives: Bonuses

Bonus posts- good stuff that doesn’t fit into a nice pretty box (aka my labeled categories).

3 Color Reduction Print Video

Reduction Prints are a long process and a difficult topic to explain in a short amount of time. So off I went to search the wonderful world of YouTube. But I had a hard time finding a video that showed the process at a level I wanted and stressed the things I wanted to stress.  So I braved making my… Read more »

How to Plan a Printmaking Unit

Plan a printmaking unit

As a private art instructor, I plan my lessons a bit differently than public school teachers.  I don’t have a curriculum that I follow but I am sure to base my lessons on the Elements of Art and Principles of Designs, Art History and Culture, or specific skills or medium.  My goal is giving my students a good base of information… Read more »

How to Combat the “I Can’t…”

how to combat the "I can't"

“I was showing my grandson some of the techniques we’ve been learning (in our adult watercolor class).  I was doing it with him.  I guess I shouldn’t have because he saw mine and his wasn’t as good.  So he said he couldn’t and he wasn’t any good.  He didn’t  want to do any more.” “That happens a lot with that age. … Read more »

How to Shop for Watercolor Supplies (Beginner)

I have no ideas what I’m looking at!?! There are too many choices!?! I don’t know what I should buy!?! I hear this a lot from beginners and even remember feeling it myself when I was first pursuing watercolors. Let me preface this with the fact that this is for beginners.  Those who want to start with watercolors but are completely… Read more »

We made Lego Movies!

So much anticipation for this field trip! I ran across Box of Light Studios when I was researching art activities for a field trip with our Home School Co-operative.  Right away I was excited! See my own kids and many of my students are in that middle age that is often hard to find activities for field trips. There are lots… Read more »

Gift Ideas for the Artistic- Ages 14-Adult

Gift ideas are hard to come by.  We run out of ideas.  You can’t google “What’s the perfect gift for Aunt Mary?”  Well you can but its not very helpful… So if you have a creative/artistic type on your list, I’m hoping I can give you a few ideas. This list is intended for high school aged kids and adults.  It may… Read more »

Gift Ideas for the Artistic- Ages 9-13

What to buy????  What to buy????  A great question… I quizzed my students, paid attention to their favorite supplies to use in class, and visited some local stores to come up with some gift ideas. If you’re like me you need gift ideas for those middle ages, 9-13, but there’s not many ideas out there.  Both of my kids are in this… Read more »