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Gem of the Month: Mary White

Monday, April 12, 2021 | Karl Cole

As long as I’m pining for the greenery of spring to emerge, I’ll indulge in one of the wonderful art works in our collection that brings that pining to mind. As you know, I’m a big f ...

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Interpreting Destruction

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Students were asked to investigate ten disastrous events that changed the world for which humans were responsible. They could choose anything from war and famine to oil spills or wildfires, contempora ...

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Editor’s Letter: Nature

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Is there any greater source of inspiration for artists than that of the natural world? No matter where you live, you live within a natural environment that has its own unique characteristics of climat ...

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The Butterfly Project

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Historic flooding in the fall of 2015 led to widespread damage to low-lying areas of the Charleston, South Carolina area. One location with significant damage was Cypress Gardens, a beautiful and hist ...

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Underwater Worlds

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Living in Virginia Beach, a community literally surrounded by surf and sea life, I thought it was fitting for our gifted artists to explore some of the facilities in their own backyard. So, we venture ...

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Insects & Torn Edges

Thursday, April 8, 2021

I needed to find subject matter that would interest my eighth-graders and, at the same time, utilize the natural torn edges of roofing felt. The irregular shape seemed ripe for some form of nature stu ...

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Curator’s Corner

Spring Is in the Air

Monday, April 5, 2021 | Karl Cole

Please come on spring, that’s what I say! And what better way to anticipate the blooming and blossoming than a gorgeous impression of early spring? ...

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Women's (Art) History Month 2021 IV

Monday, March 29, 2021 | Karl Cole

I have always been fascinated by how progressive (i.e., abstract) styles have continually found their footing as a counterpoint to the pervasive tradition of realism in American art since the early 19 ...

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Anti-Racist Art Educators

Thursday, March 25, 2021 | Tara Trinity Villanueva

Facebook has very active art education communities, some with more than 18,000 members. Numerous teachers wanted to use these groups to share and discuss anti-racist art education pedagogy and lessons ...

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Women's (Art) History Month 2021 III

Monday, March 22, 2021 | Karl Cole

Women’s Art History Month continues with a look at an artist who has a totally unique body of work, pursuing with photography what artists have done since its inception in the 1840s: the use of ...

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Connecting through Art in a COVID World

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 | IIona Szekely

The COVID-19 pandemic changed all of our lives in different ways. Because we were isolated in our homes and unable to go to school together, we had the opportunity to spend more time with family and f ...

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Women's (Art) History Month 2021 II

Monday, March 15, 2021 | Karl Cole

If anyone documented the human (women’s) condition extensively, it was artist Isabel Bishop. Her sensitive paintings and prints of working women during the Great Depression (1929–1940) and ...

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Home, School, and Hybrid Art Rooms

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 | Nancy Walkup

This past year, art teachers have had to quickly adapt to different modes of teaching (remotely, face-to-face, or through a hybrid model). Here are some of their solutions. Notice that almost every si ...

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Editor’s Letter: Contemporary Art

Monday, March 8, 2021 | Nancy Walkup

Contemporary art is vibrant, diverse, exciting, and engaging. It can help you introduce more diverse, living, global artists to your students and spark meaningful discussions. However, many art teache ...

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Women's (Art) History Month 2021 I

Monday, March 8, 2021 | Karl Cole

Although there are records of women artists from antiquity, women artists between the 1400s and 1700s in the West were either considered anomalies or miracles. The advent of artists' guilds during the ...

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Yayoi Kusama & Notan Mashup

Thursday, March 4, 2021

The primary focus of my elementary art curriculum is contemporary art, but I still connect the present with concepts or artists from the past to reinforce how the latter informs the former. One exampl ...

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