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Co-Editors’ Letter: Mindfulness

Monday, February 12, 2024 | Jane Dalton and Kristi Oliver

Both mindfulness and art cultivate present-moment awareness of the breath, the body, thoughts, emotions, and creative impulses. The aim of this issue is to provide purposeful experiences to enhance se ...

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Redrawing the Classroom as a Model of Mindfulness

Monday, February 12, 2024 | Dani Schechner

Welcome to our art lab. Take a seat and close your eyes. Breathe in through your mouth. Let the air go through your throat, chest, and stomach. Expand your stomach with air so it becomes as big as it ...

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The Gratitude Project

Monday, February 12, 2024 | Tim Needles

The best mindfulness projects are the ones that impact the culture in a meaningful way; the Gratitude Project is one such project. A few years ago, my school district implemented a social-emotional le ...

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The Flower of Life

Monday, February 12, 2024 | Raine Dawn Valentine

The Flower of Life is a symbolic representation of life and the interconnectedness of all things. It is associated with the Sacred Geometry school of thought, an ancient science that studies the spiri ...

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Mindfulness Meditation: 5-4-3-2-1

Monday, February 12, 2024 | Jane Dalton

The 5-4-3-2-1 technique calls for students to pay attention, look around the classroom, and find five things they can see, four things they can touch, three things they can hear, two things they can s ...

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Co-Editor’s Letter: Design

Thursday, December 14, 2023 | Jane B. Montero

Incorporating design into our curriculum not only strengthens our programs but also produces higher-level thinkers who are technologically creative and innovative. In response to the growing number of ...

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Teaching Animation in the Elementary Classroom

Thursday, December 14, 2023 | Illya Tolbert

Animation is a way for students to express themselves in a unique and visual manner. It also promotes digital literacy by introducing them to software and techniques that they’ll need to know in ...

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Creative Collaborations

Thursday, December 14, 2023 | Jeanne Bjork

The classroom is abuzz with activity as students perform a variety of tasks to complete their work, such as signing out to interview clients, heading to the innovation center to use the 3D printer, la ...

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How to Get Started in Teaching Design

Thursday, December 14, 2023 | Robin Vande Zande

Our field does a wonderful job of preparing us to teach art, but because design is relatively new to our profession, there is considerable uncertainty about how it should be taught. As a champion of t ...

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Laser-Focused on Design

Thursday, December 14, 2023 | Janine Campbell

What happens when you combine digital creation with physical manufacturing? You get students who are engaged, ready to see themselves as designers, and excited to try something new! Getting a laser cu ...

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Co-Editor’s Letter: Media Arts

Thursday, November 9, 2023 | Kasmira Mohanty

After using my first digital camera, I immediately realized that it wouldn’t negate the need to learn how to plan and execute an aesthetically pleasing image. It certainly couldn’t create ...

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Sweet!

Thursday, November 9, 2023 | Debra Cline

Let’s be honest—donuts are delicious, and designing one is a fun way for students to express themselves artistically. There are many different approaches to creating donut designs, ranging ...

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Paper Microbes

Thursday, November 9, 2023 | Kasmira Mohanty

Students decided to go in the opposite direction from the enormity of space to explore the world of microbiology. Based on this decision, I introduced them to the paper sculptures of Rogan Brown. The ...

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A Creative Introduction to AI

Thursday, November 9, 2023 | Tim Needles

Artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as a transformative force. I developed this AI-infused unit to help students learn about the technology while sharpening their creative skills. In this ever-ch ...

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CAD Sculpture Garden

Thursday, November 9, 2023 | Bette Naughton

Engaging your students in a design project that incorporates creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and real-world applications can inspire them to think innovatively while igniting curiosity a ...

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Drafted Buildings

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 | Diane Hoff

After looking at different types of buildings—from religious and retail to commercial and residential—and discussing the characteristics of each, students were introduced to drafting and w ...

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