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Pushing the Envelope: An Invitational Mail Art Show

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 | Nancy Walkup

When is the last time you have been really excited about an envelope you received in the mail? Email has cut into postal correspondence but maybe that can change if we start sending art through the ma ...

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Choice-Based Self-Portraits

Monday, May 4, 2020

I’ve been teaching students how to draw using a grid for years. Before the current digital age, I showed students how to create a grid on a page protector using a permanent marker so that when t ...

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Contemporary Caryatids

Monday, May 4, 2020

I‘ve been teaching AP studio art for the past five years and have spent as much time mulling over what to do in my art room after the portfolios are submitted in early May. Since students’ ...

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Drawing out Your Inner Critic

Monday, May 4, 2020

I can’t draw!” “I stink!” A student’s confidence can plummet between fourth and fifth grade. They regurgitate the encouragement that I’ve taught them: “I can& ...

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The Media Fair

Monday, May 4, 2020

Introducing different media to students can be a catch-22. Ultimately, we want students to be able to select their own medium, but we’ve traditionally introduced students to new media through th ...

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Editor's Letter: Choices

Monday, May 4, 2020

Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) is an instructional approach developed by Katherine Douglas, Pauling Joseph, John Crowe, and Diane Jaquith. Beginning at the elementary level, it involved setting ...

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Curator’s Corner

Spring Illusion

Monday, May 4, 2020 | Karl Cole

In a time in history when we could all use either a vacation, a walk in the park (six feet apart, of course), or just an escape to one of Star Trek’s “shore leave” planets, we can lo ...

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Curator’s Corner

Fuji (Wisteria) Matsuri

Monday, April 27, 2020 | Karl Cole

In Japan, April 21 to May 6 is the time of the Fuji Matsuri, or “Wisteria Festival.” During the festival, traditional music and dance are performed at the Kameido Tenjin shrine on the outs ...

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Davis Desk

Therapeutic Approaches to Art Education

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 | Barbara Place

As all art educators know, many of our students across the country in all grades and in all settings—urban, suburban, and rural—have experienced psychological traumas and loss that affect ...

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Curator’s Corner

Art of Libraries

Monday, April 20, 2020 | Karl Cole

April 20th through 27th is National Library Week. We all like libraries. Like museums, they have such a special ambience. In order to celebrate that in an art historical manner, let’s look at so ...

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Davis Desk

Best Practices for Teaching Art Online

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 | Barbara Place

Teaching online is a challenge that educators across the country are learning to address. To support the unique needs of art educators, Davis has created a handout, “Best Practices for Teaching ...

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SchoolArts Room

Co-Editor's Letter: Movement

Monday, April 13, 2020 | David Gran

As a film teacher, I find myself thinking a lot about movement. There are countless ways that meaning is created through the language of film, but few that I find are as unique to the cinema as kinesi ...

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Curator’s Corner

April in a New Perspective

Monday, April 13, 2020 | Karl Cole

I’ve been a big admirer of Pierre Soulages’s work since I saw a show featuring him and Swiss artist Gérard Schneider (1896–1986) when I was home a few years ago. The ...

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SchoolArts Room

Movement

Monday, April 13, 2020 | Nancy Walkup

In recent years, SchoolArts has invited our contributing editors and other art educators to choose a theme and coedit an issue. David Gran, our guest editor for this issue, teaches innovation, design, ...

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Curator’s Corner

Gardens for April

Monday, April 6, 2020 | Karl Cole

I’m pretty sure we all need some artistic diversions right now with the way things are in the world. April is not only National Garden Month, but it is also National Landscape Architecture Month ...

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Set into Motion

Thursday, April 2, 2020

I presented my students with a challenge to create an engaging sculpture that possesses a sense of movement and harmony, using a variety of materials such as metal, recycled plastics, cardboard, beads ...

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