Art Secrets Every Teacher Should Know

I want to take a minute to introduce you to a blogger who is very near and dear to my heart. Her online work on Instagram and Facebook and her blog always, always inspires me. I have invited Meri Cheri to share with you today and I know you will find her work as inspirational as I do!

Art Secrets Every Teacher Should Know...a Reggio Inspired Approach

I am so excited to be here on Teach Preschool today sharing about my ebook, Art Secrets Every Teacher Should Know…a Reggio Inspired Approach. I have been teaching art to children for almost 20 years and I am so thrilled to share my greatest tips and secrets for teachers and parents to make art and creativity a truly rich experience in the classroom and at home. Plus, there is an exclusive discount for all Teach Preschool readers below. Check it out!

Art Secrets Every Teacher Should Know...a Reggio Inspired Approach

Three years ago, I was hired to pioneer an art program at a local Reggio inspired preschool in Los Angeles. Prior, I had taught kindergarten through second grade for 15 years at a private elementary school in Hollywood, California, while teaching every after school art class and camp under the sun. When I shifted to preschool, after having two children of my own, I tapped into a passion I never knew I had. I always loved teaching art, but there was something about guiding and facilitating the art process of younger children that spoke to me on a deep level. Creating an art studio that functioned as a “teacher” was an evolving lesson for both me and my students. You can see the art studio here.

Check out open studio at this amazing art studio for kids!Art Secrets Every Teacher Should Know...a Reggio Inspired Approach

Now, three years later, I have my own art studio for kids in Los Angeles called Meri Cherry Art Studio, where process art, creative thinking and an open studio format are paramount. In the art studio, I encourage creativity, healthy risk taking, cooperation, and self-responsibility, while learning new skills and making art. Students learned to trust their own abilities, development, and ideas. I have also learned to trust my own ideas and have developed many effective practices based on my own trial and error with my students over the years.

Art Secrets Every Teacher Should Know...a Reggio Inspired Approach

In my ebook, Art Secrets Every Teacher Should Know, I share 10 Art Secrets that I find to be essentials for creating an open ended, rich art experience for children. Each Secret is accompanied by a lesson that demonstrates the art secret. There are also 10 of my favorite art tips that will make your life way easier, as well as art secrets from some of the best art educators around the globe.

Art Secrets Every Teacher Should Know...a Reggio Inspired Approach

Art Secrets Every Teacher Should Know...a Reggio Inspired Approach

Here is a little taste of the style of the ebook. If this looks like something that would inspire you in the classroom or at home, I am happy to offer all Teach Preschool readers a 35% discount at purchase. Just use the code TeachPreschool.


Thanks so much and wishing everyone an art filled year! Thanks for having me Teach Preschool! xo, Meri Cherry

Art Secrets Every Teacher Should Know...a Reggio Inspired Approach

By |2016-11-30T07:39:14+00:00October 22nd, 2016|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Alia Badawi June 21, 2017 at 3:07 am - Reply

    hi, my name is alia. and i’ve started work as an art preschool teacher for a year now.. and i wanted to ask if it’s possible to tell me ideas or lesson plans that i would do for the younger kids in art and how will i teach them in the right way for the art classes.. i give them coloring, cutting and doing crafts with them.. but i need more ideas cuz i feel they got bored or something..
    Thank you

    • Deborah Stewart June 21, 2017 at 4:08 am - Reply

      Hi Alia, A few years ago I sat down with an art teacher and we talked about this very thing. You see, younger children just love to explore processes. The more you focus on crafts or finished products, they will get bored or even frustrated that can’t do it and need you to do it for them. So my suggestion is to look for “process art” ideas. Focus on different processes like working with clay but not necessarily trying to make something specific or painting with different types of paint (puffy, tempera) and different painting tools or techniques (brushes, marble painting) also consider introducing different artists and their styles of painting techniques – but again, focus on process, materials, movement, creative expression and not a final product and your students will love it! I hope that helps!

      For more ideas check out my Pinterest Boards or go here for process art.

  2. Naomi Iber August 31, 2017 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    Hi Deborah, I’ve been following you for several years now – as I was a Preschool classroom teacher – and I’ve used so many of your ideas and the children just loved them! Now I have just transferred to teaching art to preschoolers and Elementary students. Have you ever considered writing curriculums????? I would absolutely LOVE to find a process art curriculum for preschoolers ( that also teaches lines, colors, shapes, and some basic famous artists).I just spend so much time trying to pick out the perfect process – and then try to figure out how to do it successfully with a large group of children at once in some sort of order based on difficulty. I do have some help. . I just LOVE the nature shadow boxes – definitely doing that with my classes.

    • Deborah Stewart September 3, 2017 at 6:14 pm - Reply

      It’s on my list of things I’d really like to do!

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