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Editor's Letter: Compassion

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Has there ever been a time in your memory when compassion and kindness were more needed? What does it mean to have compassion? Compassion is active. To have compassion is to show kindness and empathy ...

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Curator’s Corner

The Month of Frost

Monday, November 30, 2020 | Karl Cole

It’s the last day of November 2020. In Japan, the historical (traditional) calendar was based on the Chinese lunar calendar, which meant that months began three to seven weeks later than the Gre ...

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Davis Desk

Creating Safe Zones for ALL Students

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 | Toni Henneman

In order to learn and thrive students must feel protected and supported. Now more than ever our students need us to craft spaces that are predictable, joyful, and safe environments where ALL students ...

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Curator’s Corner

Being Thankful for Art

Monday, November 23, 2020 | Karl Cole

Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time to be grateful for the gifts with which we’ve been endowed in life, not gluttony. One of the things I’m eternally grateful for is the many, many, many ...

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Curator’s Corner

Kittens and Bunnies

Monday, November 16, 2020 | Karl Cole

It’s been a crazy year with this awful pandemic going on, and an equally crazy last two weeks with this nutty election. I think we all need some kittens and bunnies to recoup our mental health. ...

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Color Monsters

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

In the book The Color Monster (Sterling, 2012) by Anna Llenas, a child helps a monster sort out its feelings. No feeling is judged or suppressed— they are all identified and acknowledged. I desi ...

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Altered Egos

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Growing up, I was always drawn to the make-believe world of editorial photography, specifically fashion and pop-culture imagery. As an adult, I understand how this imagery is selling a fantasy. Althou ...

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Wearable Works

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

One of the most important objectives I have for students when they enter my classroom is to experience art beyond the base level of media manipulation. It is important that students have a fundamental ...

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Editor's Letter: Media Arts

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Back in March of this year, no one could have predicted the challenges art educators are now facing in this time of remote teaching. Many teachers have had to prepare for face-to-face instruction with ...

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Let's Put on a (Virtual) Show

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

This spring, art educators were obliged to trade in-person art shows for virtual art shows. We generally accept that seeing art in person is the best way to experience it, but are there some advantage ...

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Curator’s Corner

The Headgear of Ancient Egypt

Monday, November 9, 2020 | Karl Cole

Since I was a child art historian (there is such a thing), I have been fascinated by the art and culture of ancient Egypt. Aside from the amazing continuity of almost 3000 years in their canonized art ...

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Davis Desk

Introducing K12ArtChat the podcast!

Monday, November 2, 2020 | Toni Henneman

We have said this so many times we probably sound like a broken record but it’s true—our mission here at Davis is to support art educators. In order to continue our focus on that mission, ...

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Curator’s Corner

Autumn Color

Monday, October 26, 2020 | Karl Cole

The last few weeks have been wonderful for the array of reds, violets, maroons, yellows, and oranges contrasting with still-green trees in central Massachusetts. And if you think that doesn’t ge ...

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Curator’s Corner

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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Curator’s Corner

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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SchoolArts Room

STEAM

Sunday, October 11, 2020 | Nancy Walkup

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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