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Hispanic Heritage Month: Mixtec Culture

Monday, September 30, 2019 | Karl Cole

The final post in my Hispanic Heritage Month series features the Mixtec culture. Throughout Mesoamerica, the great cultures of the Classic period (ca. 250–900 CE), the Mayan, Teotihuacán, ...

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Maya Culture

Friday, September 27, 2019 | Karl Cole

For today’s Hispanic Heritage Month post, let’s look at the Maya culture. The early Pre-Classic Mayans occupied Chiapas in Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala until between 400 and 50 BCE, whe ...

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Teotihuacán

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | Karl Cole

My look at ancient Mexico continues for Hispanic Heritage Month. Teotihuacán, 30 miles north of Mexico City, was by far the largest and most sophisticated city in ancient Mesoamerica, with cult ...

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Zapotec

Monday, September 23, 2019 | Karl Cole

We’re going to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th through October 15th) with a blog series featuring art gems from a variety of cultures in Mexico. The cultures of ancient Me ...

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The 2019 Art Education Catalog is here!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 | Barbara Place

You’ll love what’s in store for you this year in the Fall Catalog! We are introducing some of our most innovative titles and offerings. The new 2019–2020 Catalog is packed with excit ...

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Curator’s Corner

September Red

Monday, September 16, 2019 | Karl Cole

This will be my second posting recently of a New York School-related (sort of) artist, but I couldn’t resist. While riding around rural Massachusetts this week, I spotted a young maple tree that ...

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Mail Art Madness

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

When I was a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art, one of my favorite teachers, Ken Krafchek, told us to get in touch with a working artist. My classmates and I had to write brief reports ...

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Putting It Together

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Many schools regularly stage musicals. Their staging invites creative art lessons that can complement musicals’ themes and songs. For several years, I coordinated art lessons and curriculum init ...

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Editor's Letter

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Watching Marie Kondo’s Netflix series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, has me thinking about joy, but as it applies to art. Her method, introduced in her first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidy ...

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Boxed Mythology

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

I collaborated with my student Sarah Oschmann, who wrote most of this article. This lesson, inspired by artist Joseph Cornell, is rooted in the theme of mythology. Students were required to dive deep ...

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#YOURTURN: A Documentary Project

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

One of the first things we learn as children is how to take a turn. This past school year, I launched a collaborative project called #YOURTURN. This is a photo-based project about interaction, engagem ...

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Curator’s Corner

Chrysanthemum Day and Festival

Monday, September 9, 2019 | Karl Cole

I’ve shown this print on this blog before, but only in passing with other works concerning vacations. I’ve never gone into depth about a holiday that I think should be adapted around the w ...

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SchoolArts Room

Modeling an Engaging Art Lesson

Friday, September 6, 2019 | Pam Stephens and Elisa Wiedeman

Each semester, our pre-service art educators are introduced to the development of meaningful art lessons. These future teachers are encouraged to find inspiration for their lessons from various source ...

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Art for a California Vacation

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 | Karl Cole

I went to California for vacay last week. Combining that sensibility with my addiction to color, I present you with one of my favorite California artists (usually associated with New York School): Sam ...

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Don't Judge a Box by Its Cover

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 | Eric Gibbons

For this lesson, students designed the outside of a box to represent how they are perceived by others, and the inside to represent how they know themselves to be. They were encouraged to work symbolic ...

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Gem of the Month: Tokuyama Gyokuran

Monday, August 19, 2019 | Karl Cole

A nice way to spend a summer day: imagining yourself wandering in this landscape by my Gem of the Month, Tokuyama Gyokuran. (As a side note, Chinese scholars considered a painting successful if it inv ...

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