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Editor’s Letter: Mark Making

Monday, January 10, 2022 | Nancy Walkup

Mark making is a universal experience, practiced by people across time and around the world. Whether marks appear as lines pressed into wet clay, crayon scribbles on a wall, drawings in sand with a st ...

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Kindergarten Marks

Monday, January 10, 2022 | Craig Hinshaw

With a purple crayon in hand and a four-year-old’s imagination, Harold creates an alternate reality that includes a frightening dragon, a picnic lunch with nine kinds of pie, and more. Harold en ...

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It’s All about the Tubmans

Monday, January 10, 2022 | Rama Hughes

For our art activity in 2021, I prepared a list of important people from Black history. Each student took a turn picking a name from the list. I asked them to choose a name they didn’t recognize ...

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Expressive Stick Drawings

Monday, January 10, 2022 | Sherry White

Drawing Stick Monday has become a tradition that my previous students talk about, new students ask about, and other students watch with wonder. It’s all about expressive mark making and drawing ...

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Fingerprint Portraits

Monday, January 10, 2022 | Kathleen Sneed Petka

One lesson that really pushes students out of their comfort zones is finger-painted portraits. It’s a fun way for students to get loose and relax because they have to get a little messy and don& ...

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Remembering Wayne Thiebaud

Monday, January 10, 2022 | Karl Cole

We lost a truly unique artist this past December 25th. I associate Wayne Thiebaud more with New Realism of the 1960s, but he has been inexorably linked to Pop Art in many Western art history texts. Re ...

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Honoring Laura Chapman

Thursday, January 6, 2022 | Nancy Walkup

April 24, 1935–August 17, 2021 Art Education has recently lost one of its most persistent and beloved champions with the passing of Laura Chapman this past August. She was an icon in the Davi ...

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Peace for the New Year

Monday, January 3, 2022 | Karl Cole

The last couple of years have been rather stressful for all of us, I would imagine, what with the pandemic and all its consequences. When I’m stressed out, I tend to want to look at art; the mor ...

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HIV/AIDS Awareness Month: Keith Haring

Monday, December 20, 2021 | Karl Cole

During the 1980s AIDS epidemic, LGBTQ+ subject matter in art became more mainstream. The acceptance of such subject matter faced backlash, but the movement has endured into the 2000s. Indeed ...

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Bringing Play into the Art Room

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 | Keri Reynolds

I felt that my high-school students really needed a change from the tedium and monotony of their daily school schedules. I wanted to come up with a lesson that would give students a chance to unwind a ...

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Editor’s Letter: Humor

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 | Nancy Walkup

Having a well-developed sense of humor is a definite asset for an art teacher, both for your own peace of mind and your students’ engagement in art-making. This month, we offer a humorous take o ...

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HIV/AIDS Awareness Month: Donald Moffett

Monday, December 13, 2021 | Karl Cole

Let’s commemorate the beginning of HIV/AIDS Awareness Month with the work of AIDS activist artist Donald Moffett. His artwork He Kills Me sums up how the first years of the epidemic went and why ...

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Bringing Play into the Art Room

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 | Keri Reynolds

I felt that my high-school students really needed a change from the tedium and monotony of their daily school schedules. I wanted to come up with a lesson that would give students a chance to unwind a ...

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Editor’s Letter: Humor

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 | Nancy Walkup

Having a well-developed sense of humor is a definite asset for an art teacher, both for your own peace of mind and your students’ engagement in art-making. This month, we offer a humorous take o ...

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Surrealist Playtime

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 | John Purcell

My students love surrealism. When I showed them the art of Salvador Dalí and René Magritte, their imaginations soared. They loved the silliness and the dreamlike bending of reality. It m ...

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Bird By Bird

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 | Rama Hughes

My grandfather, Wallace Oscar Hughes, was a wildlife artist. He made his living drawing animals for books, magazines, stamps, and more. His specialty was birdlife. When I was a kid learning to draw, m ...

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