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Create Hand-Drawn Vector Graphics – Class Review

Calling all creatives! Today I want to review an amazing class for aspiring digital artists. Back in December I began taking the Design Garden’s Foundations Class and quickly fell in love with it.

If you love to draw and want to turn your drawings into digital graphics, I strongly suggest checking out this class. It’s great for beginners and not so beginners( like myself) alike. It’s no secret that I have been transitioning my shop from cute to feminine with watercolor being my main focus. This class has kept me on point, dedicated to my work and disciplined. Truth be told when my class ends this week, I’m going to be a little bummed. I have truly loved working through all of the lessons. I’m already panning on taking another class.

This 6 week course takes you step by step through the design process.

A brief overview of the course:

  • Week 1: Research and Inspiration
    • Determine who your ideal client is and create and inspiration board.
  • Week 2: Drawing
    • We went over simplifying our drawings and the importance of drawing variations of our work.
  • Week 3: Working in Illustrator, Part I
    • We learned how to scan and use Illustrator to digitize your drawings.
  • Week 4: Working in Illustrator, Part 2
    • We learned about fills, textures, outline style.
  • Week 5: Color
    • We worked on creating a balanced and harmonious color schemes for our clip art sets.
  • Week 6: Selling Your Art
    • This week was jam packed with great information! We learned how to size and format our images for sale and where to sell. We also talked about pricing, licensing as well as where and how to market or work.
  • BONUS Content
    • Bonus content is released as a reward for completing assignments, sharing your work and commenting on others work. This is a great motivator!

Foundation Class Hand Drawn Graphics

 

Here you can see the evolution of my clipart set from start to finish.

 

You can find these cuties here:

  

 

 

 

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New Watercolor Illustrations

 

I am so excited to announce that all of my hard work and determination has finally paid off. I have released two new watercolor clip art sets in my Teachers Pay Teachers and Etsy shops! It has been a long journey getting to this point, with all of the watercolor swatches and trying out different techniques BUT I am so thrilled with how my first sets in the Watercolor Series have turned out!

 

 

 

Please enjoy this Watercolor Pencil as a preview of the Create Clipart & Illustration – Watercolor Series. I hope you love it as much as I do. Thank you for growing with me as a business and supporting these changes in my business. I value each and every one of you. You’re feedback is important to me so that I can continue to bring you nothing but the best, high quality graphics. I can’t wait to hear what you think!

Trick or Treat {A Blog Hop}

Hello friends! I am so excited that you decided to join us for the Trick or Treat Blog Hop hosted by Rachael over at The Classroom Game Nook!

What is the Trick or Treat blog hop you might ask? You will hop around from blog to blog collecting Tricks(Tips) & Treats (a freebie) from each participant. We have some great products for you, so make sure you check out every ones blog. There are over 50 of us which means LOTS of goodies are about to come your way. You can hop through as many or as few blogs as you like but I hope you stick around for all the goodies!
Now on to the good stuff.
https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/u/0/project/art-project
I LOVE using different apps in the classroom and so do all of the kiddos
that I teach! One of my all time favorite apps to use in the classroom is Goolge Art Project an app created by (you guessed it) Google. It allows students to go on
virtual tours of just about every big art gallery & museum. You are
really able to see size and detail with this app that you wouldn’t be
able to see from a photograph. (Clicking the image will take you to Google Art Project)
I use this app a lot when I am teaching The Story Behind Art . Kids can really search for details and clues to help them come up with the artists story. You know I love any lesson or app that helps students to develop and use their creative thinking skills. This is a lesson that teaches kids to use their imaginations and this app is a great tool for doing that.
You can also watch this short TED Talk of Amit Sood, the app creator talking about a few of it’s features and why he created the Google Art Project.
I’m so glad you stuck around for the “treat”. I am really excited to be offering you my Roll a Haunted House drawing game.  My roll & draw activities are among my best sellers and you my friend get to test out the newest edition for free! #woopwoop. This freebie will end when the blog hop does, so you want to make sure to snatch it up now! Clicking the image below will take you to your download.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Roll-a-Haunted-House-Dice-game-2147673
Before you go, I also want to give you the opportunity to win a 1 Month Membership to the brand new Create Digital Clipart & Designs Membership Club. You will be among the first to explore & reap all of the benefits of having my clipart at your finger tips.
This membership gives you exclusive access to all clipart created within your 1 month membership as it is being released in the store. You’re not going to want to miss out!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

“Trick or Treat” to the next blog by clicking on the button below. When
you get back to my blog, you’ll know you’ve completed the hop!

 

http://mrsmaliwauki.blogspot.com/

 

Let’s Talk Membership Clubs

Are you a clipart addict? Are you constantly checking to see if I’ve posted new clipart sets to my store? If you’ve answered yes to both you are going to LOVE what I have in store for you!

I have been working hard and putting in long hours to bring you the best membership club I could. It’s been a long time coming and I am so proud of what I’ve come up with! The membership clubs (That’s right folks there are 3 different clubs to choose from!) give you access to ALL of my clipart as it is being released in my store with a worry free TOU. Check out my video intro below for a look into what the membership clubs have to offer! They will be released on TeachersPayTeachers on October 23rd.



Check out your options here or head over to my TpT store to download the preview pack.

I truly hope you’ll join me on this amazing journey! Thanks SO much for stopping by. Don’t forget to sign up for The Creative Art Teachers monthly newsletter to get a surprise set of clipart each month!

Pittsburgh Meetup in Review & a Giveaway!

Hello, hello. This week after tons of preparation and emailing just about every educational company on the planet(OK, that’s a slight exaggeration!), I had the privilege of hosting our first Blogger/TpT meet up in the Pittsburgh area. Loved. It. I finally got the chance to meet these lovely ladies, Holly  @ City Limit Seconds, Amy @ 180 Days of Reading and Sara @ Lovin’ Little Learners. Each lady was so sweet! The best part: we are all like minded when it comes to teaching and TpT.  We had a great chat about selling on TpT, Social Media and teaching I can’t even tell you how amazing it was to finally MEET and talk with like minded women about our passion, teaching! Each of us are the only teacher in our buildings that are TeachersPayTeachers sellers and lets face it you need someone to talk to about this stuff that get’s it! I loved being able to bounce Ideas off of these lovely ladies! It’s no secret that you get to the top by hard work and who you have in your corner and collaborate with them for our back to school giveaway! (keep reading!)
Here’s a little peek into the planning of this event.  
No one thought of taking pictures until we were leaving. *Sigh* I don’t even have out our Pittsburgh Meetup sign. Still an adorable picture of us all! *Side Note: I did not dress like my Pal on purpose! 🙂


A  great BIG thank you to our sponsors for donating some great products to our swag bags. Each lady got to take home a swag bag FULL of products for the classrooms. Our first Pittsburgh Meetup was a huge success and these companies & sellers have a lot to do with that. Many sellers sent extra goodies, making it possible to share a little piece of our day with you!
What was in our swag bags, you ask? The tote bag itself was donated to us by ClassDojo. It was full of reusable Scrabble letters, Mickey Mouse scratch stickers (2 sets), Dr. Seuss carbonless communication notes & Peanuts themed photo props from Eureka School, a SitSpot sample, Scentos markers from WeVeel, a double-sided pen & foot scrub recipe from The Pampered Teacher, 10% Off at Plum Paper Planner, & 1 free month at Sheila Jane Teaching! PLUS 1 set of your choosing from my store, The Creative Art Teacher!

Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win one of 5 swag bags and the chance to win our Grand Prize: a Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener & $25 SitSpots Gift Card. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 
Don’t forget to head over to the ladies blogs for their meetup reviews. Good luck!

http://180daysofreading.blogspot.com/http://lovin-little-learners.blogspot.com/http://citylimitseconds.blogspot.com/

Design Tidbit: Using HTML codes to dress up product descriptions

Hello,
again!  It’s time for another Design Tidbit: Using HTML codes to dress
up product descriptions and blog posts to get the attention your
products deserve. 
I’m
sure at one point or another you have seen a product description with
bold text, links to other products or maybe even images and you’ve
wondered “how do I do that!?”
This post is all about teaching you how to use HTML codes without stressing yourself out! I’ve broken down the 10 most popular codes into an easy to use cheat sheet. Download the free HTML Code Cheat Sheet to have at your disposal. 
** Please note that the [img] code (for adding pictures) does not work for product descriptions. This code does however work on your storefront to jazz up and better utilize your “quote section”. This will be covered in my Design Tidbit: Quote Box Images**

The sample product description below is the basic format that I use for each and every one of my products on Teacher Pay Teachers. I suggest writing up a basic product description for yourself to insert all of the code that you would like to place. This will also be a HUGE time saver. Once, you have your basic format planned out, you can begin to upload your products with ease and they will look professional! Confession: I wish someone had told me to do this when I first got started with TpT. I used to HATE posting products because of how time consuming it was to write out a product description and code it on the spot. #nobodyhastimeforthat

If you want text to appear underlined     >>>>>
 Write your code like this   >>>>> (Format for bracket </> Coding)
Create   
  <span!style=“textcdecora9on:underline;”>Create</span>
If you want to insert your copyright information     >>>>>
Write your code like this   >>>>> (Format for Character Symbol Coding)

P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; }

© Create by The Creative Art Teacher 2015
 &copy; Create by The Creative Art Teacher 2015
**All coding with brackets </> will be set up similarly to how the underlining code is written.
**All coding with character symbols will be set up as you see the copyright code written.
For each bracket code, I have identified where you should place your text by entering “Text Here” into the code. Replace this with whatever you want to write. When adding character symbols you will only need to place &CODEHERE; for your symbols to appear!
Play around with how the different codes work in your product descriptions. Understanding how to use coding is very important. As I addressed above if you do not close your codes properly with the </code>, the code will not work properly for you. If your entire description turns out bold, italicized, underlined, go back and check your code for that pesky / ! 🙂
Go have fun with some coding! Have further questions? Go ahead and ask in the comment section and I’ll be sure to get back to you quickly!

 

Free Choice in the Art Room

YES, please! You’re probably thinking, “What!? Are you nuts? Nope, not nuts. Free choice is a great way to allow students to explore their creativity. Have a dedicated area or time for free choice can allow students to use their imaginations. I am sure that I don’t have to tell you that creativity helps students to develop critical thinking & problem solving skills. Why NOT encourage your students to expand on these skills? We have all heard our students shout out “I’m done! Now what!?”. You will always have early finishers no matter what you do to draw a project out, It’s just a given. So instead of giving them a sheet of paper and saying “Go draw something”, give your students the opportunity to explore their creativity & get them thinking like artists with free choice centers.  

Another great thing about centers, they make great Emergency SUB PLANS!!!

Setting Up Centers:
You may want to consider setting up 4 or 5 different centers that your students can rotate through.

Some great options for centers are Library, Partner Activities, Drawing Center & Puzzles & Origami. If you have access to technology in your art room utilizing art apps is another great option. 

Think about setting a 15-20 minute limit on centers, this way you do not have students staying at only one center.

Library: Students can choose a book from your art library to read.
Partner Activities: There are so many a-ma-zing are games out for kids. You can include:
Drawing: All you need is drawing paper or student sketchbooks & pencils or even dry erase boards. You can include How to Draw books, Roll & Draw worksheets, zentangles (my kids LOVE them!), Ping pong ball drawing  and observational drawing.
Puzzles: Head out and pick up a couple fun & engaging puzzles for your kids. Make sure it’s something that can be put together in the 15-20 minute time limit. My favorite is a puzzle that can change according to how the kids put it together. It allows kids to use their creative thinking skills! It was purchased at Barnes & Noble. 
Origami: What kid isn’t floored by some amazing origami!? All you need is origami papers and instructions on a 5-6 animals. You can switch the animals out as students begin to master them, this will keep students from getting bored with it.

Technology: There are a gazzilion fabulous apps out there for young artists. Why not take advantage of them? Just a few examples are ArtRage, Sketchbook Express & Adobe Illustrator Draw. Did I mention that the Lourve even has an app & it’s free!
 

Helpful Tips:

  • Students should only be allowed to participate in free choice once they have completed the lesson to the best of their ability. **This means that you may have to send kids back to finish their projects before they can “have fun”.
  • Students will need to be able to mover freely around the room
  • All
    needed materials should be located where students can access the. It’s a
    good idea to have a dedicated area in your room for free choice. This
    will help you to cut down on kids roaming around while others are still
    finishing projects.
  • Keep in mind, you may need to set up a new set of expectations for your free choice area. 
  • Only allow your students to use dry supplies during centers – no clay, paint, ect.  

Introducing Students to The Stories Behind Art

Have you ever thought about what an artist was thinking when creating a work? What the meaning behind it is? Why the artist used certain colors or types of lines? This is a pretty normal reaction when viewing a work of art. We want to learn everything we can about an artwork and the reasoning behind it. So, what if I told you that you CAN teach your students to think more critically about an artwork and make it fun for them. There is always a story to be told, sometimes we just need to look for the clues. 

Reading an art work is much like reading a story. By using the 5 W’s & How, students are able to break the image down into something they are able to understand a bit easier. 

Who: 
Who is in the image
What: 
What is happening in the artwork? Tell the story.
What medium(s) did the artist use?
What elements & principles were used?
Where:
Where is the story taking place?
Place/setting?
When:
When is the story taking place?
What time of day is it?
Is the happening now, in the future or has it already happened?
Why:
Why do you think the artist portrayed this imagery?
Use clues from the image that will allow you to make a connection
How: 
How do the characters feel?
How does the image make you feel?

The Teaching Channel has great video on examining the stories behind art. The teacher, Mr. Durocher, gets his students to think differently about Van Gogh’s Starry Night by first telling a very imaginative story about himself inside the painting. It’s so refreshing to me that I am not the only art teacher that believes that Art is it’s own language and teaches students in this way. Art & Language Arts go hand in hand, no doubt about it!

Have you picked up The Story Behind Art: Graphic Organizer from my TpT store yet? Click the picture to grab yours.  

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Story-Behind-Art-Graphic-Organizer-1404325

 

Erin Condren Notebook Review

Ok, all. I was so excited today to look out on my front stoop and see this beauty sitting there! I mean who wouldn’t get excited about a box THIS pretty?

The packaging is beautiful and makes you feel important while opening it.  I almost didn’t want to open the packaging…I got over that pretty quickly! Inside they sent inspirational quote stickers & bonus gift tags.

I love the bright design and colors of the cover. It’s sturdy & will stand up to being tossed around in my work bag. I love my Plum Planner but one of my only complaint has always been how warped my covers always get when I’m taking it to and from the studio or school.

I ended up going for the simple notebook option because I will still be using my planner to keep track of school, blog posts, tpt and life. I will be using this notebook to jot down business & clipart set ideas as they come to me.

I am thinking about breaking my notebook up into 4 sections:

  • Social media & blog post ideas
  • Giveaways and linky parties that I participate in
  • Inspiration/Lesson Ideas
  • Clipart idea **I will also use the blank pages in the back for quick sketches**

Have you seen how Stephenie Van Horn over at Third Grade Thoughts breaks up her lesson planner with different washi tape? It’s such a great idea that I am going to us it to break up the sections of my business notebook.

And now confession time…I bought an EC Notebook to see if I would be willing to spend the $$ on a lesson planner BUT I also bought it with the intentions of trying the sturdier cover on my Plum Planner. And guess what!? It FITS!!!!

All in all I like the style & durability of the EC Notebook. My only complaint…

Notice the fraying on the spine!? Maybe it’s the perfectionist in me or maybe it’s the designer, probably it’s both, but when I spend major money on something I expect it to be perfect.  I’m a little disappointed with this but can look past it as the rest of the notebook is beautiful done but I will think twice about spending the extra money again.

Want to try out Erin Condren products for yourself?  You can use my code for $10 Off your first purchase.

Teacher Blogger TShirts

Are they important to have? Maybe not but it’s a good idea, especially for blog meetups. It’s a great way for everyone to see who you are. Most people recognize you by your blog button more so than what you look like in real life. Shocking? No. We identify ourselves with our buttons on TpT & on our blogs. It makes sense that this is how people are going to recognize you. And let’s face it who doesn’t love a fun tee!? Go ahead and treat yourself. I am!

I designing my t-shirt with A+Images. They have an amazing deal going on, give them a shameless plug on your blog and get a free, yes I said FREE, tshirt. Hurry though, this deal is only going on for a limited time.

How do you design a tshirt with A+ Images? With ease! Simply visit designtool.aplusimages.com. 
Upload your blog button and decide where you want to place it and what color & size you want your shirt to be. That’s it. Simple.

*Make sure to read the rules.  Happy designing! 🙂