August 29, 2013

art supply product review (part 2)

Colored Pencils.

Here are the competitors today.
I'll be honest. 
I've never used Prang Colored Pencils before.
Crayola seems to be the staple for everything that is in my room or gets donated to my room.
Occasionally, I'll get the really crummy kind donated.
The ones that don't sharpen and barely color.
So I was interest to see what the Prang Colored Pencils were like.
Crayola came with 12 colored pencils.
Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet, Brown, Black, White, Light Blue, Light Green, Red-Orange.
These pencils were regular size and round.
Prang came with 12 colored pencils.
Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet, Brown, Black, Pink, Light Blue, Gold, Silver.
And bonus! A Sharpener.
These pencils were large and triangular.
I have never used triangular pencils before.
But as an art teacher I would love to have pencils that don't roll around on the table.
Plus because they are large I bet they would work great for really little hands.
To be honest I was really impressed by both sets of colored pencils.
I thought that both colored well.
Prang's colors seem to come out brighter.
Crayola's colors seem to come out deeper.
I really liked that Prang came with gold and silver.
But then again, when using black paper, it is great to have Crayola's white colored pencil.

My vote.
Tie.
I would personally use both of these in my art room.
Plus, if you use both, you get:
a great colored pencil that works
and
a good variety of colors.

Happy school supply shopping!

August 28, 2013

art supply product review (part 1)

Pencils.
Probably the most used product in any art room.

It got to the point where I was driven so crazy by the noise of the pencil sharpener running that I banned it till end of the day clean-up.
Now my kids just use the "Happy" and "Sad" pencil cup.
It keeps the noise level down and the smile on the art teacher.

Choosing the right type of pencils for the art room is important.
You can't just go to the dollar store and swipe the cheapest brand.
Well, you can.
But I guarantee you won't be happy.

So I set out to review two pencils.
Dixon Ticonderoga Pencils vs. Wexford Pencils
First impressions.
I was really excited because the Ticonderoga Pencils came pre-sharpened!
Hallelujah!
My next thought was...hmmm...do I even have a pencil sharpener at home for the Wexford pencils?
Thanks to my handy-dandy eyeliner sharpener the answer was a "yes!"
and the review continued.

What your average person would want to know.
Both pencils work.
Sure I had to spend a little extra time sharpening the Wexford pencils.
As you can see in the picture both pencils seem to have the same gradation of color given the pressure I was putting on them.
So, if you need a pencil just because you need a pencil, then sure, grab either one and it will do the trick.

What the art teacher would want to know.
But.
I'm an art teacher.
There is something I care much more about than if a pencil can work.
I want to know if it can erase.

I don't care how many times I tell my students to draw lightly.
I inevitably get a few kids who will dig a new Grand Canyon on their artwork and now are faced with the idea of erasing their creation.

So I put the pencils to the test.
 
I don't know about you but that alone is enough to sell me on a pencil.

The Ticonderoga eraser was smooth when erasing.
It seemed to erase the darker areas better than the Wexford brand.
The Wexford brand also left a trail of pink behind on the areas it tried to erase.

On a personal note.
I've used Ticonderoga Pencils in my art room for the last few years.
They are not lying when they say it is "The World's Best Pencil".
I even have it on my // Supply // list because it is a staple in my art room.
They also sharpen incredibly well.
Rarely do the tips break off in the sharpener.

The fact that my music teacher literally begs me for any extra Ticonderoga pencils is enough to prove that art teachers aren't the only ones who can see their merit.

My vote.
Ticonderoga Dixon Pencils.
Win.

Stay tuned for more product reviews and discounts on a product.
// Note: Products were supplied by the Dixon Ticonderoga Company. 
Any opinion on products is personal. I am not being compensated for my reviews //

Happy school supply shopping!

August 12, 2013

art room cabinets

I've shared how tempera paint can easily wash off cabinet doors.
Yes, even after 9 months.
Every year I have painted something new on my cabinets doors.
// last year // it was a monochromatic chevron pattern.
I loved the purple so much that I had to bring it back this year.
Plus.
The cabinets are a great reference point for talking about value and monochromatic color schemes.
Tape everything off for cleaner lines.
Let dry for a few hours before you take the tape off.

August 7, 2013

instagram bulletin board

The newest addition to the art room is up and going...
Along with my // facebook bulletin board // I wanted to create another social media outlet...
My new Instagram bulletin board.
So what goes on this board?
Ever wonder what to do with the beautiful drawings that end up on your desk throughout the year?
Display them.
Our kids are making artwork outside the art room.
We should celebrate their creative efforts no matter where they take place.
Take things down...add new art...all as the year goes on.
You know your kids are gonna get creative outside of class if they know it will get displayed.

Who knows...
Maybe next year I will start a Twitter board.