This time I would like to share with you something so simple yet a small detail that have changed my teaching style forever - clip art for handouts and presentations. I truly feel like it brought some quality and originality to my classroom. Every single time I gave my made handouts or showed my presentation on the monitor my kids were engaged and excited. Yes, it is time consuming but well worth it.
I first started with the cute top-quality for free clip art and backgrounds by Laura Strickland on mycutegraphics.com. It was exactly what I needed at that moment - one source of student friendly clip art and I will repeat myself - they are for FREE and they can be "used in the classroom lessons and activities, personal printable projects, scrapbooking, personal home crafts, blogs, and more".
I dearly appreciate her talent and her willingness to share it with all of us for free. I've been using them for several years already and I am not planning to changed that. Also, if you are interested in even greater quality, you should check her second website whimsyclips.com.
After I started to earn some money on my TpT store, I invested them in more clip art. When I was not able to find matching my curriculum in the mycutegraphics.com, I found edu-clips.com by Sarah. From all the designers out there, her talent is the one that caught my eye and it seems that she always offers sets and bundles that matches elementary level curriculum. However, I found it quite price'y when I need to purchase two sets if need the black and white version as well.
This year, I have noticed that I started to look for more realistic-like clip art. I guess this need developed naturally and that's how I became a fan of the next two designers.
The first designer that I found was Messare Clips and Design by Scott who provides overall great quality designs but I mostly appreciate his talent for top-quality and very accurate maps and historical figures such as U.S. presidents for my Social Studies lessons. I really appreciate that each set that I purchased includes the black and white version of each image. So I can use them for my handouts while the colorful ones I use for making presentations and posters. Which I believe is really important to help my students to remember the lesson and the activities we do. It is easier to make the connection with each topic.
Most recently, I found my favorite designer of all times - The Painted Crow. This designer does not have so many products to offer still, but I love every single one of them. The high quality and accuracy to details. Also, I feel like this designer found a fine line between clip art to engaged younger kids and the young adults.
These are my favorite clip art designers so far but stay foot because I will be updating this post with more great talented people and their work that bring the colors to my classroom.
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