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What Are You Thankful For?

Thursday, November 1, 2018 | Ken Vieth and Robin Rudy

The motivation for this project came a number of years ago at a family gathering when a relative gave each of us a blank journal. She asked us to write down five things we were thankful for each day f ...

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Facing the Challenges of Cardboard

Thursday, November 1, 2018 | Melissa Purtee

Art teachers love free materials, and I’m no exception. Cardboard is free and plentiful, which should make it a perfect medium. Unfortunately, cardboard can be difficult to cut and hard to work ...

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Editor's Letter

Thursday, November 1, 2018 | Nancy Walkup

Is nature a welcome guest in your artroom? I was fortunate to grow up surrounded by woods, and my father was a scoutmaster who taught me to look closely at nature. As an art teacher, I always tried to ...

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Compassion in Art, part 2

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 | Karl Cole

My Compassion in Art series continues with a look at the subject in photography. ...

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The Day of the Dead Celebration at the Museum of International Folk Art

Monday, October 29, 2018 | Nancy Walkup

Since I discovered the Days of the Dead, Halloween has no charms for me. Yesterday afternoon was the annual celebration for this holiday at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. ...

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Compassion in Art, part 1

Monday, October 29, 2018 | Karl Cole

A couple of mornings ago, a homeless person was in the parking lot of our building yelling his lungs out to get attention at 6:45 am. I feel bad for these folks who have nowhere to land during the day ...

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Skeletons for the Mexican Days of the Dead

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 | Nancy Walkup

In Mexico, around the times of the Days of the Dead, November 1st and 2nd, humorous skeletons portraying professions and special interests serve to remind us that, rich or poor, we will all meet the s ...

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Pfahl for Fall

Monday, October 22, 2018 | Karl Cole

I know that this artist’s name (German origin) is pronounce “Pfaal” instead of “Fawl,” but I couldn’t resist shining a spotlight on him this week—for artistic ...

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American-Renaissance-Aesthetic Entrepreneur

Monday, October 15, 2018 | Karl Cole

I often happen upon an artist’s name and think, “Aha! I’ve never posted about this artist, and his/her work is awesome.” That’s what happened yesterday when I crossed pat ...

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Monarch Migrations and the Mexican Days of the Dead

Sunday, October 14, 2018 | Nancy Walkup

Monarch Migrations Keriann Kirkeng One year I was researching Dia De Los Muertos/The Mexican Day of the Dead  to incorporate in a unit I was creating and I became fascinated with its co ...

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Embracing Art for Social Change: Washington Art Education Association Conference

Friday, October 12, 2018 | Nancy Walkup

I'm just back from a great trip to Tacoma, Washington, to present Embracing Art for Social Change at the Washington Art Education Association Conference and thought I would share a few photos. My keyn ...

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Forest Bathing In Big Bend National

Friday, October 12, 2018 | Nancy Walkup

“It is time for a different, formal defense of nature. We should offer up not just the notion of being sensible and responsible about it…nor the notion of its mammoth utilitarian and fina ...

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Woodcuts Like Paintings

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | Karl Cole

My significant other and I just had a redo of our vacation in Provincetown that did not end up happening in July. So, in honor of that, I’m presenting Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011), a tr ...

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Editor's Letter

Monday, October 1, 2018 | Nancy Walkup

Persistence. Does that concept play a part in your teaching? For your students? For yourself? Persistence is the ability to stick with something, to continue working, to try harder, to not give up. I ...

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Whose Mod Is It?

Monday, October 1, 2018 | Karl Cole

I’ve posted before about how the idea of abstraction has been around since the earliest art produced by humans. However, somehow in the West we think that Western artists “invented” ...

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The Many Faces of Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Monday, October 1, 2018 | Leigh Drake

In most of my lessons, I like to start off with some simple hints for my students. I leave subtle clues around the room throughout the weeks leading up to a project, such as a book that suddenly appea ...

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