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Co-Editor’s Letter: Contemporary Art

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 | Frank Juarez

Contemporary art is around us more than we may think. It exists in our communities, on social media, in the news, in magazines, and even on billboards. It serves multiple purposes driven by the artist ...

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Organized Chaos

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 | Sue Liedke

I was pleased to take students to see Sol LeWitt’s 2003 sculpture Splotch. Students examined the colorful towers from all sides and sketched it. I asked them for words to describe the work. &ldq ...

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The Amazing World of Jen Stark

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 | Jane B. Montero

I have known about Jen Stark’s colorful paintings and sculptures for many years, but it wasn’t until last spring that I finally settled on a Stark-inspired digital drawing project for my f ...

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Art on the Fly

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 | Brian Sommersberger

Showing students that art can be drawn on nontraditional substrate materials was a great introduction before allowing them to draw or paint on their own flying discs. For inspiration, we explored a va ...

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Ancient to Modern Life

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 | Marie Elcin

By pairing contemporary local artwork with ancient artifacts, students see themes emerge in how art is part of everyday life in any era. The concept of rules in society is especially rich for young ad ...

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Projected Identities

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 | Sue Liedke

Through this layered photography project, students were encouraged to explore connections to historic American art and re-envision new roles for themselves as art viewers and artists. To introduce our ...

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Posters That Empower

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 | Marie Huard

I learned about Barbara Jones-Hogu’s work only recently from a colleague at the Pennsylvania Art Education Conference. I loved it the moment I saw it and I knew my students would, too. At the ti ...

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Twelve Principles of Animation

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 | Rachel Wintemberg

I discovered the twelve principles of animation—the keys to teaching the art of visual storytelling. The principles act as a roadmap, helping animators transform written scripts into living stor ...

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Editor’s Letter: Media Arts

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 | Nancy
Walkup

Today’s students have grown up with computers and the internet and are desirous of fast-paced, simultaneous access to a broad range of information through a number of devices. Because these stud ...

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Illuminated Wonders

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 | Leigh Drake

I was inspired to venture into the use of circuits and lighting after a session I attended at a local conference. That school year, my students made steampunk-inspired bugs (see SchoolArts, March 2020 ...

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Editor’s Letter: Mark Making

Monday, January 10, 2022 | Nancy Walkup

Mark making is a universal experience, practiced by people across time and around the world. Whether marks appear as lines pressed into wet clay, crayon scribbles on a wall, drawings in sand with a st ...

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Kindergarten Marks

Monday, January 10, 2022 | Craig Hinshaw

With a purple crayon in hand and a four-year-old’s imagination, Harold creates an alternate reality that includes a frightening dragon, a picnic lunch with nine kinds of pie, and more. Harold en ...

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It’s All about the Tubmans

Monday, January 10, 2022 | Rama Hughes

For our art activity in 2021, I prepared a list of important people from Black history. Each student took a turn picking a name from the list. I asked them to choose a name they didn’t recognize ...

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Expressive Stick Drawings

Monday, January 10, 2022 | Sherry White

Drawing Stick Monday has become a tradition that my previous students talk about, new students ask about, and other students watch with wonder. It’s all about expressive mark making and drawing ...

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Fingerprint Portraits

Monday, January 10, 2022 | Kathleen Sneed Petka

One lesson that really pushes students out of their comfort zones is finger-painted portraits. It’s a fun way for students to get loose and relax because they have to get a little messy and don& ...

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Bringing Play into the Art Room

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 | Keri Reynolds

I felt that my high-school students really needed a change from the tedium and monotony of their daily school schedules. I wanted to come up with a lesson that would give students a chance to unwind a ...

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