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Boxed Humans

Monday, October 1, 2018 | Harrison Dodge and Kala Phelps

I collaborated with my student Harrison Dodge, who wrote most of this article. When planning this Boxed Humans project, I wanted to give my students freedom to create pieces that reflected their own d ...

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Let's Play

Monday, October 1, 2018 | Janis Dukakis

When Santa Clarita Valley’s Education Foundation asked me to act as art director on their annual Children’s Literature and Arts Festival committee, my first thought was, “How fun!&rd ...

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Turning

Monday, September 24, 2018 | Karl Cole

My reference to the word “Turning” has to do with the changing colors of leaves in the now-upon-us autumn season. Instead of focusing—in gloomy fashion—on the end of summer, ho ...

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Not Just Furniture

Monday, September 17, 2018 | Karl Cole

When we talk about art that reconciles political, spiritual, and social beliefs all in one pertinent statement—and I’m certainly not talking about ancient Assyrian art, Jacques-Louis David ...

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Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | Nancy Walkup

Elementary, middle and high school teachers and their students are encouraged to participate in the Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest, an integral part of the14th annual Endangered Species D ...

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Boxed Humans

Monday, September 10, 2018 | Nancy Walkup

When planning this “Boxed Human” project, I wanted to give my students freedom to create pieces that reflect their own developing styles. The goals for this project were for students to ex ...

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Curator’s Corner

Late Summer Strolls

Monday, September 10, 2018 | Karl Cole

As autumn is right around the corner, my mind drifts back to one of my favorite pastimes in my hometown, Chicago. I would walk for hours in the various neighborhoods near where I lived looking at the ...

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Persistence: Why it is Important

Sunday, September 9, 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 u ...

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Never Thought About This

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 | Karl Cole

Landscape painters who are smart do studies of subjects such as clouds. I, on the other hand, just worked hours on a landscape last weekend using nothing but my reminiscences of how clouds look to pai ...

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The Pineapple & the Suitcase

Saturday, September 1, 2018 | Ken Vieth and Betsy DiJulio

As an art educator, I believe in developing projects that call for students to produce images that are aesthetically strong. This requires them to think about their creative experience and who they ar ...

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Editor's Letter

Saturday, September 1, 2018 | Nancy Walkup

Whether you are a newbie or a veteran art teacher, the beginning of the school year always offers a fresh new start and an opportunity to set high expectations for your students. To renew or reinforce ...

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Patterned & Printed Self-Portraits

Saturday, September 1, 2018 | Michael Van Meter

Recently, I decided to incorporate the art of adinkra cloth into my fourth-grade self-portrait lesson. As we began the unit of study, we looked at printmaking artists from Ghana, West Africa, who use ...

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The Tree of Life

Saturday, September 1, 2018 | Rachel Wintemberg

Gustav Klimt filled his artwork with mysterious imagery and mythological references. He did not explain his pictures, instead leaving it up to the viewer to interpret the story. We do know that Klimt ...

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Sharing Student Success: Get Published

Saturday, September 1, 2018 | Frank Juarez

Managing an art classroom is no different than managing an art gallery. Both communicate a mission and a vision. We work with artists/ students of all levels. We provide resources that will aid in the ...

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An Invitation from The Memory Project

Monday, August 27, 2018 | Nancy Walkup

The Memory Project is a charitable nonprofit organization that invites art teachers, art students, and solo artists to help cultivate global kindness by creating portraits for children around the worl ...

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"Hmm, Ginko Leaf or Toothbrush?"

Monday, August 27, 2018 | Karl Cole

I just got a crown on a tooth this week, so I thought I’d do a teeth-themed posting. Goodness knows I don’t love going to the dentist, but he’s a really good one, so I’m no lon ...

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