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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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Illuminated Animals

Thursday, October 7, 2021 | Cara Wade

Scrolling through Pinterest a few summers ago, I came across a lantern sculpture project that was whimsical, beautiful, and often abstract. I researched how to build these sculptures and, surprisingly ...

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The Advocacy Planning Process

Thursday, October 7, 2021 | D. Jack Davis

To begin an advocacy effort, either as an individual or as a team, you must first engage in a planning process of brainstorming, researching, and refining ideas, as well as projecting timelines and bu ...

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Sculpture Parks

Thursday, October 7, 2021 | Samantha Messer

Students discussed how what we might think of as trash can take on new life. Then, tying in geography, students used paper plates to create aerial maps of their sculpture parks using permanent markers ...

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Editor’s Letter: Structure

Thursday, October 7, 2021 | Nancy Walkup

In the simplest terms, structure is the arrangement and organization of related parts according to a plan or pattern. Though the concept of structure can be applied to many things, for the purpose of ...

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The Art of Healing

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | Gillian J. Furniss

On September 11, 2001, firefighter Brenda Berkman was called to duty and went to the Twin Towers after the terrorist attack. Ten years later, she began to create lithograph prints about her experience ...

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Editor’s Letter: Connections

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | Nancy Walkup

As an art teacher, I’ve always considered art to be central to the curriculum—a bridge that unites content areas in logical and meaningful ways. With art as a central focus, the interconne ...

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Digging Art through Science

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | Jim Dodson

Sometimes you happen upon a great idea for a motivating lesson from watching your students try out new things. Such is the case with our archaeological dig project that was born from a student observi ...

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A Mural to Celebrate Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | Elizabeth Barker

In 2020, I received a Missouri Arts Council grant to bring St. Louis artist Cbabi Bayoc to our small-town community. Cbabi’s first and last names are acronyms: Creative Black Artist Battling Ign ...

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Picture the Music

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | Linda Sachs

For the past twenty-five years, The St. Louis Symphony has sponsored an art contest called Picture the Music. The contest invites students to listen to a piece of music composed by classical composers ...

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Visual Thinking, Poetry, and Gold

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | Beth Dobberstein

“Have you found the book of gold?” This was the question posed in a book that our reading specialist used to promote literacy at our school. The Book of Gold by Bob Staake (Random House Ch ...

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Editor’s Letter: Identity

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 | Nancy Walkup

SchoolArts is currently compiling a collection of high-school articles that focus on contemporary art and artists. After choosing the articles, we grouped them by the Big Ideas they shared. Identity w ...

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Celebratory Self-Portraits

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

We are all different and unique! One of the many differences that can be seen is our skin color, but very rarely will our skin color match the “flesh” crayon in the box. Growing up, I was ...

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Hidden Identities

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

One of the most fulfilling projects I’ve taught in my AP drawing class is based on the idea of the developing (and often conflicting) identity for young men. We start by watching clips of the fi ...

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Rah-Rah for Art Education

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

A common dictionary definition of an advocate is one who pleads the cause of another, or one who defends or maintains a cause or a proposal. If you ask art educators if they are advocates for the arts ...

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Creating College IDs

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

One way I motivate students to become engaged is to introduce self-portraits, which are always popular, but I like to change it up and make the self-portraits more substantial than just drawing your f ...

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