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European Abstraction: Pierre Alechinsky

Monday, October 19, 2020 | Karl Cole

October 19th is the birthday of the brilliant, expressive colorist Pierre Alechinsky, who was part of CoBrA, an important modernist group in the Netherlands after World War II (1939–1945). CoBrA ...

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Ancient Art

Monday, October 12, 2020 | Karl Cole

If you ever study the history of ancient Central and South America, you will immediately become, as I have, completely enthralled with the history of our hemisphere. For the variety of incredibly soph ...

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Be Kind to Yourself

Monday, October 5, 2020

During the time of remote teaching brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, art educators willingly took action to provide exceptional learning experiences for their K–12 and post-secondary stude ...

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The Art of Medical Illustration

Monday, October 5, 2020

When it’s time to teach about careers in art, the obvious ones come to mind—animation, fashion, photography, and graphic design. These are often the first career choices to be taught, but ...

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The Not-So-Still Still-Life

Monday, October 5, 2020

Wouldn’t it be great if…” is exactly how my conversation with Meg Warburton started at a Halloween Party in 2018. Meg is an educator with the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Rhode Island ...

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Microscopic Worlds

Monday, October 5, 2020

How can we see relationships in nature and in the subjects we teach every day at school? How can commonalities motivate students and aid in the understanding of both scientific and artistic concepts? ...

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Editor's Letter: STEAM

Monday, October 5, 2020

Around this time every year, I had a skeleton in my elementary art room. Our school’s science lab had a full-sized replica skeleton that no one seemed to use except me, so I would borrow it for ...

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Curator’s Corner

Hispanic Heritage Month: Chimú of Peru

Monday, October 5, 2020 | Karl Cole

Like many Mesoamerican and South American cultures, ancient Peruvians developed large city-states with religious-secular rulers. The landscape in northern South America is very different from tha ...

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Chichén Itzá

Monday, September 21, 2020 | Karl Cole

When you think of ancient cultures that are tip-top interesting, do your minds usually wander to the civilizations of the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome? My idea of tip-top are the indigen ...

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Confronting Racism with Art

Monday, September 14, 2020 | Karl Cole

Unfortunately, African American artists in the 2000s continue to confront similar concerns that their forefathers addressed during the Harlem Renaissance. After nearly 100 years, issues of racism, job ...

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Adaptability

Friday, September 11, 2020 | Julian Wade

Want to know a secret? My major in college was Geography. It’s not really a secret at all, but you may be wondering how in the world that happened. It’s not as far a stretch as you may thi ...

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Independence

Friday, September 11, 2020 | Nancy Walkup

Independence—isn’t that a quality you want your students to develop? The need for student independence is essential, now more than ever, in light of this unprecedented pandemic. ...

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Beauty in Weeds and Flotsam

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 | Karl Cole

Jewelry typically functions for its beauty alone, an adornment for the wearer to display wealth, identity, or style. For artist Jan Yager, her jewelry is meant to give voice to marginalized people and ...

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The Studio Tracker

Thursday, September 3, 2020

My classes often begin with a five-minute demonstration, inspiration, or planning activity. Students decide what they’re going to do for the day, but they have to record it in a self-monitoring ...

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Magnetic Personalities

Thursday, September 3, 2020

After reading Pick Your Nose & Make a Face by Anne Maxwell- Weisbrod (A. Weisbrod Designs, 2003), I knew I had the perfect project idea for my students. The book features head, neck, and shoulder ...

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Pandemic Portfolios

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Introducing new concepts via remote learning during a pandemic has its challenges. I asked my students, who were new to photography, to embrace the hand we were dealt and to document this historical t ...

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