Welcome to Triangle School's Virtual Art Room. My name is Mrs. Nancy Knutsen, the visual arts educator here at Triangle. I have taught at Triangle School for 21 years and hope to be invited back for at least another 21! I have a BA in art education and am certified to teach the visual arts, kindergarten through grade 12. My goal is to assure a quality visual art education for all children in the entire state of New Jersey; I have been involved in art education at the local, state, regional and national levels. I am a Past President and, currently, Historian on the Art Educators of New Jersey Executive Board and have held a board position for the past 8 years.

Please read on for information, instructional time, and a tip or two.


Kindergarten students receive 30 minutes of visual art instruction approximately 30 times a year.

1st thru 4th grade students receive 40 minutes of visual art instruction approximately 30 times a year.

All student art work is held in the art room throughout the school year. This system allows you and me to view your child's progress as it relates directly to the visual art program. ALL art work is sent home in June.

Your child's artwork can also be viewed online at

Please make sure that you have completed the permission slip to have your child's artwork displayed on Artsonia. You can access the form here! 



The Best of and Beyond Crayons, Markers, and White Paper:


  • Crayola FX Gel markers for use on construction paper.
  • Sanford Gel markers for use on plastics.


  • Crayola Construction Paper crayons have a chalk like quality with bright vibrate color on dark paper.
  • Crayola oil pastels leave rich bright color on dark paper. These are perfect for mixing the most beautiful colors.
  • Crayola FX Colored Pencils for construction paper, great for small details or to work on small paper.


  • Watercolors come in dry cakes; water is added to loosen paint. It also comes in very small tubes and water must be added. Water color has transparent qualities.
  • Tempera Paint (Poster Paint) is an opaque liquid. It is important to dry your brush after rinsing it so that the water does not thin the paint.
  • Acrylic paint comes in liquid form often used for stenciling. Traditionally painters use a thicker acrylic paint from a tube or jar.


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Developing the Young Artist

Art Lessons:


- Reading and writing is involved. Our first writing experience is drawing (scribbling) and the first symbols we read (the alphabet) and understand are images (pictures). Self expression, aesthetic qualities in skill and presentation are other aspects of art.

- It is important to avoid experiences where only one method is taught or the environment is overly critical.

A Class or not a class that is the question.

Small group, individual or private home instruction is recommended for a child easily distracted or a quiet personality type.

Large group, business, camp, etc. is recommended for a child who works well independently and/or a social personality type.


Important Note:   It is true that you build an inventory of images as you grow, so make sure they are high quality images.


Triangle School and the Public Library books:

How to Draw books are often a good starting point for many children; and crafty How to books can have many fun projects but these should not, necessarily, be considered an art experience. There are MANY excellent stories about artists and their work from all around the world.

Coffee table art books are generally by art periods or individual artists. It is the size of the plates that makes these such a great resource for your child.

Knutsen Kritique Korner Recommended Books: (Please let me know of others not listed here that your child has benefited from and we can share with others)




Harry N. Abrams:


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Recommended Websites: (Please let me know of others not listed here that your child has benefited from and I will share with others)

About artists, art history and terms.

Largest Childrens art museum on the web


15-20 minutes from Hillsborough:

The Princeton University Art Museum
Museum Information -
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Grounds for Sculpture Hamilton, NJ
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Hunterdon Art Museum Clinton, NJ

Zimmerli Art Museum Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ

Newark Museum Newark, NJ

Philadelphia Museum of Art Philadelphia, PA
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And of course there is Museum Mile in New York City!


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