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Editor’s Letter: Collaboration

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Student collaboration through art comes in many forms, and our summer articles share a wide variety of approaches. These include student-curated art installations (“Installed with Purpose” ...

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Tabletop Drawings

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Collaboration is mentioned at least seven times in the National Standards. It’s also one of the four Cs of 21st Century Skills needed by every student. Collaboration is a skill that students mus ...

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Facing COVID with Creative Masks

Thursday, May 6, 2021

I presented students with a unique art assignment that takes something we all consider to be a new normal (face masks) and makes them fun and personal. Face masks are now considered a fashion statemen ...

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Genre Sculptures

Thursday, May 6, 2021

As part of a project-based learning exploration, I coordinated with our librarian for a list of major topics represented in our book collections. My idea was to have students create sculptures from pl ...

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A Lasting Collaboration

Thursday, May 6, 2021

The goal of both Maria’s lesson plans about bogolan (the mudcloth they studied) and Crocodile River Music’s teaching approach is to show students that African art requires dedicated study. ...

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Interpreting Destruction

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Students were asked to investigate ten disastrous events that changed the world for which humans were responsible. They could choose anything from war and famine to oil spills or wildfires, contempora ...

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Editor’s Letter: Nature

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Is there any greater source of inspiration for artists than that of the natural world? No matter where you live, you live within a natural environment that has its own unique characteristics of climat ...

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The Butterfly Project

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Historic flooding in the fall of 2015 led to widespread damage to low-lying areas of the Charleston, South Carolina area. One location with significant damage was Cypress Gardens, a beautiful and hist ...

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Underwater Worlds

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Living in Virginia Beach, a community literally surrounded by surf and sea life, I thought it was fitting for our gifted artists to explore some of the facilities in their own backyard. So, we venture ...

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Insects & Torn Edges

Thursday, April 8, 2021

I needed to find subject matter that would interest my eighth-graders and, at the same time, utilize the natural torn edges of roofing felt. The irregular shape seemed ripe for some form of nature stu ...

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Yayoi Kusama & Notan Mashup

Thursday, March 4, 2021

The primary focus of my elementary art curriculum is contemporary art, but I still connect the present with concepts or artists from the past to reinforce how the latter informs the former. One exampl ...

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Editor’s Letter: Contemporary Art

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Contemporary art is vibrant, diverse, exciting, and engaging. It can help you introduce more diverse, living, global artists to your students and spark meaningful discussions. However, many art teache ...

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Fun and Function

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Having a great idea is one thing, turning it into a successful project is another. This was all uncharted territory, so questions abounded: How do I go about obtaining enough blank, white expandable p ...

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The Comedian

Thursday, March 4, 2021

When I came upon the 2019 artwork called The Comedian by Maurizio Cattelan, I knew I had to share it with my students. Essentially, The Comedian is a banana duct-taped to a gallery wall. On the surfac ...

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The Mindful Studio: Drawing

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Drawing teaches students to observe their environment and learn to see what is right before them. Students are often fearful of drawing because they have preconceived notions of exceptional realism th ...

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All in Pieces

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Passing by my art room, students and teachers couldn’t help but peer through the windows or peek inside the door. They were drawn by the sounds of electric jigsaws gnawing through plywood, the b ...

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