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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed.

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Experience the Inspiration of Process Art

By |January 12th, 2019|

I am so thrilled that you joined me for this series of articles and not just thrilled for myself, but I am thrilled for you and your students. You see, I figure if you have taken a few minutes out of your day to read the articles then you [...]

They Keep Mixing All the Paint Colors

By |January 9th, 2019|

They Keep Mixing All the Paint Colors I watched my little PreK girl dip her paint brush in the red paint, then the blue paint, then the yellow, green, and orange paint. After dipping in every color that was out at the easel, she reached up and [...]

Why Avoiding the Mess Creates More Stress

By |January 5th, 2019|

Why Avoiding the Mess Creates More Stress At the beginning of every school year, I come expecting my students to want to squeeze out tons of paint or glue from our glue and paint bottles. I let them cut up paper even if it means I have [...]

Things rarely go as planned in Pre-K

By |December 31st, 2018|

Even with the best planning, things rarely go as planned in Pre-K but this is actually a good thing. One of my favorite books to read before exploring the process of color mixing is "Mouse Paint" by Ellen Stoll Walsh. It's a great book to build conversation about colors and [...]

Get Your Students to Stay Longer at the Art Table

By |December 29th, 2018|

Get Your Students to Stay Longer at the Art Table I can’t tell you how many times I have gone through the trouble of setting up a really cool art activity only to have my students come to the table for 30 seconds and then announce, “I’m [...]

When is the last time your students gave you an idea?

By |December 27th, 2018|

Almost every single day, one of my students will say, "Mrs. Stewart, I made this for you." What they are giving me is an idea. I never know when one of my students is going to give me something but I have noticed that when I tell the children what [...]

Ten Ways to Encourage Young Artists

By |December 22nd, 2018|

Ten Ways to Encourage Young Artists I recently posted a 30 second video of my students painting at the easel. The video showed the children painting their papers from one edge to the other. In the comments, I was asked “Don’t you encourage something rather than seeing [...]

Have you read this winter tree book before?

By |December 19th, 2018|

Finding books about winter trees instead of Christmas trees can be quite challenging. We’ve seen you say things like “What a cute idea, but we can’t do Christmas trees at our school.” Well, I want to tell you about a book that Mrs. Stewart found that will hopefully give you [...]

Do Your Students Ever Ruin Their Own Artwork?

By |December 15th, 2018|

Do Your Students Ever Ruin Their Own Artwork? One of my four-year-old students made the most beautiful pieces of art. It was an unusually beautiful painting of an ice cream cone on a small cardboard canvas. As I walked by and saw what she had made, I [...]

Child-made ornaments hanging on the tree

By |December 12th, 2018|

The temperature is dropping, snow is falling, and Christmas ornaments are everywhere. As Christmas time is approaching we are very excited to get our classrooms prepared for the holiday season. One of our students' favorite centers right now is the paper ornament making station. The supplies are minimal but the [...]

What Is Process Art and Why Does It Matter?

By |December 10th, 2018|

What Is Process Art and Why Does It Matter? Whenever I put something on the art table, I keep my fingers crossed that the children will love it. I hope that they will think that it’s super fun and stick with it for more than 30 seconds. [...]

Safe cleaning around the classroom

By |November 5th, 2018|

Are you the only one washing tables in your classroom? One of my students' favorite ways to help around the classroom is cleaning off the tables before snack time. I could just give them a bottle of water to spray but it doesn't actually help clean the tables before snack. [...]

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