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Editor’s Letter: Mark Making

Monday, January 10, 2022 | Nancy Walkup

Mark making is a universal experience, practiced by people across time and around the world. Whether marks appear as lines pressed into wet clay, crayon scribbles on a wall, drawings in sand with a st ...

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Kindergarten Marks

Monday, January 10, 2022 | Craig Hinshaw

With a purple crayon in hand and a four-year-old’s imagination, Harold creates an alternate reality that includes a frightening dragon, a picnic lunch with nine kinds of pie, and more. Harold en ...

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It’s All about the Tubmans

Monday, January 10, 2022 | Rama Hughes

For our art activity in 2021, I prepared a list of important people from Black history. Each student took a turn picking a name from the list. I asked them to choose a name they didn’t recognize ...

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Expressive Stick Drawings

Monday, January 10, 2022 | Sherry White

Drawing Stick Monday has become a tradition that my previous students talk about, new students ask about, and other students watch with wonder. It’s all about expressive mark making and drawing ...

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Fingerprint Portraits

Monday, January 10, 2022 | Kathleen Sneed Petka

One lesson that really pushes students out of their comfort zones is finger-painted portraits. It’s a fun way for students to get loose and relax because they have to get a little messy and don& ...

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Bringing Play into the Art Room

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 | Keri Reynolds

I felt that my high-school students really needed a change from the tedium and monotony of their daily school schedules. I wanted to come up with a lesson that would give students a chance to unwind a ...

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Editor’s Letter: Humor

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 | Nancy Walkup

Having a well-developed sense of humor is a definite asset for an art teacher, both for your own peace of mind and your students’ engagement in art-making. This month, we offer a humorous take o ...

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Surrealist Playtime

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 | John Purcell

My students love surrealism. When I showed them the art of Salvador Dalí and René Magritte, their imaginations soared. They loved the silliness and the dreamlike bending of reality. It m ...

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Bird By Bird

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 | Rama Hughes

My grandfather, Wallace Oscar Hughes, was a wildlife artist. He made his living drawing animals for books, magazines, stamps, and more. His specialty was birdlife. When I was a kid learning to draw, m ...

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Prime Time Televisions

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 | Meighan Healey

My objective for this lesson was for students to each construct a 3D television in a pop art style. Students had to include a self-portrait and demonstrate their understanding of background, middle gr ...

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Editor’s Letter: Design

Monday, November 8, 2021 | Nancy Walkup

As an art educator, you are likely to be more consciously aware of design in your environment than the general public. Design is a word that is bantered around quite a bit in art education, but its me ...

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Opening the Door to Digital Design

Monday, November 8, 2021 | Jane Montero

After classroom doors shuttered in March of 2020, virtual teaching changed how we delivered our art curriculum to our students. As I scrambled to create individual art kits, sought funding from donors ...

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Design Boards

Monday, November 8, 2021 | Melody Weintraub

My idea for this lesson was inspired by a visit to Watkins College of Art in Nashville during our Tennessee Art Education Association’s state conference. While walking to one of my sessions, I n ...

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Isometric Interiors

Monday, November 8, 2021 | Kasmira Mohanty

The notion that an isometric illustration can be created using basic shapes and a straightforward process made the idea of engineering a project for my entry-level computer graphics students very appe ...

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Advocacy Action Planning

Monday, November 8, 2021 | D. Jack Davis

Setting goals for your advocacy efforts is essential. What do you hope to accomplish with your efforts? Keep your goals to a manageable number and express them in a clear and straightforward manner. S ...

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Steampunk Mosaics

Thursday, October 7, 2021 | Melanie Robinson and Kay Leeper Cameron

I have a lot of recyclable materials in my art room and thus began searching for a way to use some of them in a lesson. Little did I know that I would end up with a bunch of new recyclable materials d ...

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