Art Room Aid - Miss Rider's Story

http://ArtRoomAid.com Like many schools across the country, Alameda Elementary School terminated its formal art education program because of budget cuts. If it weren't for Miss Rider and Art Room Aid, the school wouldn't have an art program today. Miss Rider is a kindergarten teacher with a back...

How to Make Your Brushes Last

Brushes are one of the most important tools a painter will purchase - and good brushes can be expensive. Kati will show you how to clean and care for your brushes so they will last longer. You can find a vast assortment of brushes at Blick Art Materials www.dickblick.com/categories/brushes/.

Which Brush to Choose - Natural or Synthetic?

Artists' paint brushes are made from either natural hair or synthetic fibers and can range from very stiff to very soft and flexible. Both types of brushes offer a wide range of shapes, sizes, qualities and prices. If you are considering which paint brush to buy but don't know whether to select a ...

Multi Layer Block Print Technique

Kati shows a quick and easy way to produce a series of multi-layered linoleum block prints. Using this unique method, you'll be able to align multiple prints on a single sheet to create a polychromatic, intricate print. All the materials used by Kati in this video along with many others can be found...

Linoleum Block Printing

Block printing is a great way to produce multiples of the same image and allows for variation in color and backgrounds. In this video, Kati is using Speedball Speedy Carve Blocks and shows you the basics of linoleum block printing. She also provides lots of tips for a successful print. All the produ...

Color Mixing Tips & Techniques

Learning color theory and how to mix your own colors are very important tools when learning to paint. Kati will show you how to select a few primary colors for your palette so you can mix a wide range of shades and colors - whether working in oils, acrylics, watercolor or gouache. Visit Blick Art M...

Unison Pastels

Unison Pastels were created by an artist for artists. These uniquely soft and highly pigmented sticks are individually rolled which eliminates hard spots and provides consistent texture and color. For more information about Unison pastels or to try them yourself, follow this link to the Blick websit...

Tri-Art Acrylic Mediums

Tri-Art mediums have been formulated to provide artists with an endless range of textures, effects, and finishes. Tri-Art Polymer Mediums have a similar consistency to Tri-Art Liquid Acrylic paint - the ideal medium for extending color and creating rich glazes. Tri-Art Modeling paste provides a high...

More Tri-Art Acrylic Mediums

Tri-Art mediums have been formulated to provide artists with an endless range of textures, effects, and finishes. Tri-Art Gel Mediums are viscous and can maintain dramatic and detailed texture, while Tri-Art Self-Leveling Gels are honey-like in consistency and smooth out to form thick pools or flowi...

Tri-Art Finest Liquid Acrylic Paint

Tri-Art Finest Quality Liquid Acrylic Colors are a professional grade paint offering incredibly high pigment load with a lotion-like consistency. These lush colors are designed to be used full strength for high saturation, or extended with acrylic mediums for a variety of textures and applications. ...

Tri-Art Solucryl Acrylic Paint

Imagine an acrylic paint that once dry can be rewet eliminating the waste we sometimes get with acrylic paint products. Tri-Art Solucryl is a liquid acrylic paint that can be used straight from the bottle, or dried and reconstituted like a tempera or watercolor pan. We'll show you just how unique ...

Shiva Paintstik

Shiva Paintstik are a high quality oil paint made into a stick. It is the perfect medium for painting, sketching, stenciling, rubbings and many more applications. Watch this video to see how easy Shiva Paintstiks are to work with. You can find more information and all open stock colors and sets of S...

How Best Easels are Made

Best Easels are made of the highest quality solid red oak in Kimberly, Wisconsin, USA. All Best easels have a lifetime warranty and are a great choice regardless of what medium or size you work in. For a complete listing of easels and all their features, follow this link http://www.dickblick.com/br...

Best Easels - Which One to Choose?

Best Easels are quality made in the USA in an assortment of designs and sizes and can accommodate all mediums as well as all large and small paintings for working or display. We'll show you the features and benefits of just a few of the Best Easels available at Blick Art Materials, such as: A-Frame...

Best Pro-Bar Aluminum Stretcher Bars

Best Aluminum Stretcher Bars are the straightest, most scale-able bar that meets the needs of artists who work small or very large. They are easy to assemble and allow for both traditional stretching where the canvas is side-stapled, as well as a gallery-style stretching, where the canvas is back st...

Picasso-Inspired Soft Sculpture - Lesson Plan

Adapt Picasso-style cubist image into a three-dimensional soft sculpture. This project combines printmaking, drawing, acrylic painting, scupture and textile art to make an eye-catching piece! For detailed pdf instructions, a complete materials list and the national standards for visual arts, follow...

Pastel Fresco Secco - Lesson Plan

Students learn the ancient technique of applying color to dry plaster, such as Da Vinci used in his famed "The Last Supper." This simple and cost effective project uses plaster and burlap - and incorporates some fun "antiquing" techniques. For a step by step pdf version of this project along with a ...

Papier Collé Printmaking - Lesson Plan

Incorporating printing and painting and collage, students will make a piece that is basically a printmaking "sandwich". Utilizing lithograph, and monoprint techniques. Watch this video to see just how this fascinating process works. For a pdf version of this lesson along with a materials list and th...

No-Fire Nouveau Tiles - Lesson Plan

Tube lining is the definitive look of Art Nouveau. If kiln-glazed ceramics are not an option for your environment, this project is a fun and easy way to produce glossy, hand-painted tiles that look like the real thing. For step by step pdf instructions, a complete materials list and the national sta...

Monotype Hoop-La - Lesson Plan

Functioning as both a painting and a print, a Monotype is unique and irreproducible. This simplified, water-based process uses acrylic paint, printing foam and fabric. The technique builds the print a layer at a time and tools are used to remove or "subtract" color between layers. Stretch the finish...

Gelly Bowls - Lesson Plan

Create a dimensional collage using wire mesh and acrylic gel medium. Develop color, texture and design with paint, photocopies, images, colorful papers and many different objects inside the transaprent gel. Once dry, the form can be easily manipulated into a bowl. A PDF version of this lesson along ...

Fantastic Faux Fossils - Lesson Plan

Students create their own "fossil bed" by modeling three-dimensional shapes of animals, plants or insects, then "burying" them beneath layers of tissue paper. Add earth-tone pastels to make them look as if they just came from an excavation site. You can also find a pdf version of this lesson along w...

Embossed Metal Encaustics - Lesson Plan

This project combines embossing metal foil and a safe, inexpensive and simple version of encaustic, or melted colored wax, that results in a beautiful and unique art piece. For a pdf version, a complete materials list and other options for the project - and the national standards for visual arts- g...

Watercolor "Crunch" - Lesson Plan

Traditionally, eggshell mosaics are made by first dying then positioning each shard individually — a time-consuming and delicate process. This project introduces a new way to crush and color eggshells, creating intricate veining and texture all at once without pre-dying or arranging each fragment. T...

Classroom Chihuly - Lesson Plan

Students of many ages can create beautiful Dale Chihuly-style sculptures safely and easily - and without the use of glass! These sculptures are colorful, transparent and lightweight. The results are so stunning, you'll want to start planning your own "glass installation". http://www.dickblick.com/le...