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Art Education Is a Dark Horse

Monday, January 4, 2021

For five years, I taught fine and digital art to a specific population of grade-oriented, high-achieving, private high-school students. Most of these students were not planning on ever using a paintbr ...

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Nonobjective Sculpture

Monday, January 4, 2021

Students’ creativity is so often stifled by insecurity in their artistic abilities. As with any subject, it’s important to allow our students a means for success. I wanted my students to e ...

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Teaching Abstract Composition

Monday, January 4, 2021

Give students a sheet of 12 x 18" (30 x 46 cm) dark charcoal paper and some drawing supplies: vine, charcoal block, a charcoal pencil, and a tortillion—but no erasers. Ask them to draw some ...

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Revisiting O'Keeffe

Monday, January 4, 2021

Standing with my dry-erase marker in front of fourthgraders, I start drawing that one flower...it has a circle in the center, five petals, a stem, two leaves, some grass, and a sun in the corner. I as ...

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Editor's Letter: Realism/Abstraction

Monday, January 4, 2021

Up until last March, I was a docent at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe. Our governor shut the state down quickly because of the coronavirus and, as a result, all of the museums were clos ...

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Honoring Kindness

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted,” is one of my favorite quotes from Aesop. It’s from the fable The Lion and the Mouse, where the spared mouse later frees the ...

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Planting Acorns

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Flint, Michigan, has seen better days. Loss of manufacturing coupled with the Flint water crisis has taken its toll. In 1913, General Motors attempted to build 1,000 houses in one year for the influx ...

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Helping Hands

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Who doesn’t need a helping hand at some time in their lives? It could be the support of professionals, family, friends, or an organization. How do we increase awareness of those who are in need ...

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Anti-Racist Art Educators

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Facebook has very active art education communities, some with more than 18,000 members. Numerous teachers wanted to use these groups to share and discuss anti-racist art education pedagogy and lessons ...

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Editor's Letter: Compassion

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Has there ever been a time in your memory when compassion and kindness were more needed? What does it mean to have compassion? Compassion is active. To have compassion is to show kindness and empathy ...

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Color Monsters

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

In the book The Color Monster (Sterling, 2012) by Anna Llenas, a child helps a monster sort out its feelings. No feeling is judged or suppressed— they are all identified and acknowledged. I desi ...

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Altered Egos

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Growing up, I was always drawn to the make-believe world of editorial photography, specifically fashion and pop-culture imagery. As an adult, I understand how this imagery is selling a fantasy. Althou ...

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Wearable Works

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

One of the most important objectives I have for students when they enter my classroom is to experience art beyond the base level of media manipulation. It is important that students have a fundamental ...

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Editor's Letter: Media Arts

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Back in March of this year, no one could have predicted the challenges art educators are now facing in this time of remote teaching. Many teachers have had to prepare for face-to-face instruction with ...

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Let's Put on a (Virtual) Show

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

This spring, art educators were obliged to trade in-person art shows for virtual art shows. We generally accept that seeing art in person is the best way to experience it, but are there some advantage ...

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Be Kind to Yourself

Monday, October 5, 2020

During the time of remote teaching brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, art educators willingly took action to provide exceptional learning experiences for their K–12 and post-secondary stude ...

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