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Happy Juneteenth, 19 June, 2021: Celebrating the newest National Holiday!

Friday, June 18, 2021 | Karl Cole

We know we’re a day early celebrating Juneteenth, but It’s about time! African Americans have been celebrating Juneteenth forever! The movement to make it a federal holiday was spearheaded ...

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Curator’s Corner

Pride Month 2021 III: George Tooker

Monday, June 14, 2021 | Karl Cole

Introspective realist George Tooker was among a group of artists who adapted the use of tempera in their work in the 1940s. These artists aspired to create paintings that mirrored the realism of Itali ...

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Curator’s Corner

Pride Month 2021 II: Berenice Abbott

Monday, June 7, 2021 | Karl Cole

By the time of the severe world economic downturn of the Great Depression (1929–1940) in America, many women artists were professional photographers and extremely successful in the field of ...

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Curator’s Corner

Pride Month 2021 I: Martin Wong

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 | Karl Cole

We end Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and begin LGBTQI+ Pride Month with a wonderful, gentle soul. Martin Wong was part of the vibrant art community in the East Village of New York ...

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Davis Desk

Jewish American Heritage Month: Eleanor Antin

Thursday, May 27, 2021 | Karl Cole

Eleanor Antin was a pioneer in the use of multi-media during the Feminist Art Movement of the 1970s. The young counterculture of the 1960s in America challenged the values and policies of a male-domin ...

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Davis Desk

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month: Papua New Guinea

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 | Karl Cole

Oceania is a vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean that covers one-third of the earth’s surface. Contained in Oceania are the cultural-geographic areas of Australia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polyn ...

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Curator’s Corner

Asian Pacific American Heritage IV

Monday, May 24, 2021 | Karl Cole

The Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month series continues with Kota Ezawa, a Japanese-German American media artist and art educator. He is renowned, since 2002, for his vi ...

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Curator’s Corner

Asian Pacific American Heritage III

Monday, May 17, 2021 | Karl Cole

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month continues with the work of Toshiko Takaezu, who was part of the American generation of ceramic artists who helped push the art form into being c ...

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Davis Desk

International Nurse’s Day

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 | Karl Cole

Today is the birthday of the woman credited with establishing protocols and training for modern nursing, Florence Nightingale (1820–1910, British) in Hampshire, England. She created a core of nu ...

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SchoolArts Room

Summertime Art-Making

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 | Leigh Drake

At the end of each school year, we give students a summer drawing assignment with several concepts to choose from. Summer assignments are a great way for students to continue to learn, explore, and en ...

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SchoolArts Room

Editor’s Letter: Collaboration

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 | Nancy Walkup

Student collaboration through art comes in many forms, and our summer articles share a wide variety of approaches. These include student-curated art installations (“Installed with Purpose” ...

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Curator’s Corner

Asian Pacific American Heritage II

Monday, May 10, 2021 | Karl Cole

The Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month series continues with the pottery designs of Kitaro Shirayamadani. ...

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Article

Editor’s Letter: Collaboration

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Student collaboration through art comes in many forms, and our summer articles share a wide variety of approaches. These include student-curated art installations (“Installed with Purpose” ...

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Article

Tabletop Drawings

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Collaboration is mentioned at least seven times in the National Standards. It’s also one of the four Cs of 21st Century Skills needed by every student. Collaboration is a skill that students mus ...

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Article

Facing COVID with Creative Masks

Thursday, May 6, 2021

I presented students with a unique art assignment that takes something we all consider to be a new normal (face masks) and makes them fun and personal. Face masks are now considered a fashion statemen ...

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Article

Genre Sculptures

Thursday, May 6, 2021

As part of a project-based learning exploration, I coordinated with our librarian for a list of major topics represented in our book collections. My idea was to have students create sculptures from pl ...

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