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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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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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The Community Maps Project

Thursday, April 2, 2020

The Community Maps Project represents a collaboration between art education students at the University of Florida and elementary students from the local school district in Gainesville, Florida. This p ...

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Putting a Spin On It

Thursday, April 2, 2020

I wanted my advanced-level students to be pushed out of their comfort zones to create nontraditional, observational still-life drawings. I changed things up by having them draw cross-contour lines, an ...

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Elementary Animation

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Just over a decade ago, I was a new art teacher who was very excited to bring animation into my elementary curriculum. I uploaded hundreds of images from digital cameras into stop-motion software on m ...

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Editor's Letter: Movement

Thursday, April 2, 2020

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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Issue-Based Stencils

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Building relationships is important to me as an art teacher because of the diverse population of eighth-grade students I teach. Forming these relationships has provided me with an understanding and fi ...

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Honoring Iconography

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

As part of their classroom study of the civil rights movement, my fifth-grade art students explored the idea of iconography in artwork. I showed them images of devotional art from Christian, Buddhist, ...

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Stupendous Surrealism

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Surrealism can be an art teacher’s dream or nightmare. The topic can be approached from so many different angles that it can be a bit daunting to decide on which aspect of Surrealism to zero in ...

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A Conversation with Dyani White Hawk

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Today, social media tends to be the go-to place for connecting with artists across the globe. I find it to be a source of inspiration, encouragement, and creative reflection. It’s an opportunity ...

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Editor's Letter

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Amy Sherald, Nick Cave, Jeff Koons, Beth Cavener, Yung Jake—these are just a few of the contemporary artists SchoolArts has recently featured in its pages. Every month, we present contemporary a ...

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Righteous Rain Barrels

Friday, February 7, 2020

I was introduced to the idea of painting rain barrels when my local library held an event in which artists were invited to paint rain barrels to be auctioned off at a community garden event. When I he ...

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