Expressive Monkey-The Art Teacher's Little Helper

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Expressive Monkey-The Art Teacher's Little Helper
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This fun Picasso art project for kids will make it difficult to hold back the giggles! Children love all the possibilities and you'll love how easy it will be to plan this abstract portrait drawing lesson! The timeline activity is a great way for
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Make teaching the ELEMENTS of ART fun and easy with this set of sketchbook activities. Just print and go… 6 Sketchbook activities to introduce young artists to some of the basic concepts of line, color, shape, value, form, space, and texture. For
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After teaching students about the elements of art, make the elements come alive by creating some Op Art! Students will use color theory and lines to create 5 fun illusions. The step-by-step instructions will help students work independently. Just
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This packet of editable documents, easy art lessons, and sub binder organizers will help get you on the way to worry-free art sub plans. Imagine preparing for a sub without staying late. Or waking up sick without the sinking feeling of not having
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Use this roll and draw sheet, for a fun and engaging way to introduce students to the artist Joan Miro. Students will create a surrealistic skyscape in the style of Joan Miro. Directions: • Roll the dice and pick a large shape to add to your
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Elements Abstracts is a fun art lesson that reviews the elements of art and also creates an abstract work of art. Students will roll the dice and for each roll of the dice, they will add a new element of art to their abstract picture. In this
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There is something irresistible about monsters! If your students like drawing monsters, they will LOVE this drawing packet. You will get 6 pages of monster drawing choices so that your students can make their own kind of monster. Each page gives
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Reinforce the meaning of the Elements of Art while having students do this "hands on" activity. Students will cut and glue the "flip flap" page into their sketchbook or notebook, and then glue the definitions under each word. You will also get the
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Are you ready for a fun new way to teach about Vincent van Gogh? Your students will not only learn about van Gogh but also do some art criticism (talking about art) during the presentation. Then they will have a blast making a sunflower drawing
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Are you looking for an irresistible drawing activity? These monster roll and draw sheets will be sure to keep your students busy trying out new monster combinations. The roll and draw sheets challenge students to try new monster parts. Students
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After teaching students about the elements of art, make the elements come alive by creating some Op Art! This art lesson packet includes the presentations, handouts, rubrics and labels to help you from start to finish! What you get: ☉ Table of
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Few things delight children as much as animals! These animal roll & draw pages won’t disappoint them either. You will get 13 pages of Roll & Draw animal drawing pages to keep your students wondering what their next animal drawing will
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After teaching students about the elements of art, make the elements come alive by creating some Op Art! This art lesson packet includes the presentations, handouts, rubrics and labels to help you from start to finish! Op Art Lessons The 3 Op Art
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Your students will "LOVE" these Op Art Hearts, and you can sneak in some lessons about warm and cool colors. Make teaching about the elements of art fun and easy! They will also learn about how shapes can create implied contours and how lines can
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Use student's love of dogs and cats to teach them about warm and cool colors. Because who doesn't love a "cool cat"? And when they hear about the "hot dog", they can't help but giggle! This art lesson is a fun way to teach and assess student's
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Would you like your students to look forward to taking notes? Note taking doesn’t have to be boring! Say goodbye to bland notes and get ready to spice up your note taking :-) Help your students retain new information better by taking
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Not only will your students will "LOVE" these Op Art Hearts Coloring Pages, but you can also sneak in some lessons about colors as you have them choose a color scheme to use when coloring them in. They might just have so much fun, they forget they
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Teaching the elements of art has never been this much fun! Op Art is a fascinating way to show students how the elements of art can be put into use. This valuable bundle will give you lots of options for teaching Op Art that will give you enough
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For thanksgiving or any time of the year that students could use some time to stop and reflect on the good things in life! The Gratitude Tree is a story that teaches students that the secret to happiness is being grateful for what you have. It
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Fall is a great time to encourage your students to draw and these pages will help your students draw some fun images. Encourage your students to fill in the backgrounds using their imagination to tell a visual story. The drawings can easily lend
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After teaching elementary art for 25 years, I'm on to my second career of making it easier and more fun for other teachers to teach art!


I teach with big ideas and relate my art lessons to my students' personal lives. I like to give students as many choices as possible and this has been the inspiration for my Roll & Draw and choice drawing pages. I encourage students to make mistakes and make drawings that are not perfect because this is how we learn. Art is a process and all artists are somewhere in this process. Celebrate where you are, but stay on your journey!

My goal is to make lessons fun so all students will want to give it a try. I'm also looking for ways to make the life of an art teacher easier by staying organized and spending less time on creating assessments and other things that take away from your time getting ready to make art.


I became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2006.


I received my BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design and my MA in Art Education from The Ohio State University.


I started my Expressive Monkey website in 2011 as a way to share my drawing lessons with my students and other teachers. To see more lessons and information about how I teach online visit my Expressive Monkey Blog and Expressive Monkey Website!

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