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Don't Judge a Box by Its Cover

Friday, August 2, 2019

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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Reflections on the Future

Friday, August 2, 2019

How do our thoughts about the past or the future shape our present lives? How can our hopes and dreams cause us to reach toward our best selves? These were the questions I asked myself in designing th ...

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Why Art Really Matters to Me

Friday, August 2, 2019

To kick off Youth Art Month last March, NAEA President Kim Definbaugh encouraged members to post photos and stories of Why Art Matters with the tag #VisualArtsEdMatters. I thought about it and realize ...

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Robot Personifications

Friday, August 2, 2019

Have you ever wondered if we are learning more from the students we teach than they are learning from us? If we take the time to observe our students, we can see that they are filled with their own id ...

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Editor's Letter

Friday, August 2, 2019

When I taught preservice classes at the University of North Texas, I required my students to each write and present a mission statement, a kind of testimony to their philosophy of art and art teaching ...

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Editor's Letter

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

What’s your art teacher superpower? Do you have eyes in the back of your head (or have you convinced your students you do)? Do you present art problems that empower your students’ confiden ...

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Have You Seen This Monster?

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Throughout time and across cultures, humans have created stories about monsters and mythical creatures to help them cope with things they fear or can’t explain. This lesson focuses on the natura ...

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The Shape of Things

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Have you woken up in the middle of the night, fretting over what you will teach on that last day of school? I am frequently awake from 2:00 to 5:00 a.m. with my restless, anxious mind performing its m ...

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Playing Around with Paper

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Common ideas with a fresh twist are always fun for students and teachers alike. One of our curriculum points is to create an artwork using wet-onwet painting. While this is fun and interesting to do, ...

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Leaving Their Marks

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The end of my art students’ four years is fast approaching and discussion turns to a reflection of their experiences in the building. I tell them, “This has been your building for several ...

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Editor's Letter

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | Nancy Walkup

I didn’t realize how frugal my grandmother was until I was well into adulthood. She made most of her own clothes and then used the scraps to make us Raggedy Ann dolls, stick horses, other soft t ...

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Through Their Eyes

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | Gillian J. Furniss

In 2017, the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery in Mississippi State University showcased photography by local children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in a group art exhibition, Through Their Eyes. Co ...

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Soda Birds

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | Rita Roberts

If you are like me, you’re always in search of art ideas to inspire creativity within your classroom—ideas that will allow your students to experience something new, projects that can be m ...

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Flash Fashion

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | Nicole D. Brisco

I walk into the classroom, and I see students getting out their projects. Supplies are moving, and the class is on track to producing great works of art. This is the description of most days in my art ...

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Dismantled Robots

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | Melody Weintraub

As art teachers, sometimes it doesn't take much to inspire us. In my case, it took our school’s tech team leaving behind my classroom’s dismantled wireless router in a trash bin. After dig ...

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Risk-Taking, Scaffolding & Team Building

Monday, April 1, 2019 | Laura Lester and Christina Van Hamersveld

Christina Van Hamersveld and I teach at an arts and technology magnet school in a suburb of Dallas, Texas. Our middle-school program aims to attract students with exceptional creative thinking and raw ...

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