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Color Exploration

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 | Melissa Purtee

Color theory is a foundational skill for art students and teaching it is important, but it can also be fun. When painting with acrylics, the key idea for students to learn is that just about any color ...

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Editor's Letter: Connections

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 | Nancy Walkup

The Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival, the country’s largest and oldest recycled art market, is held at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center every November. It is dedicated to showcasing art cre ...

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Adjective Sculptures

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 | Janine Campbell

When approaching project challenges with students, I try to create learning experiences that encourage and reward risk-taking and divergent outcomes. This can be a challenge when students are using si ...

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The Piece of Cake Cupcake Factory

Sunday, December 2, 2018 | Tyrus Manning

This past year, I was determined to introduce my students to more contemporary artists. During my research, I became intrigued with artists who work collaboratively, such as Red Grooms and the Ruckus ...

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An Artroom Ink Collaboration

Saturday, December 1, 2018 | Kelsi Quicksall

In the morning before our first Sumi Ink Club session, preparations are made. Tables, countertops, and windowsills are covered with white paper; sumi ink and brushes are put in places for easy retriev ...

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The Art All-State Model

Saturday, December 1, 2018 | Kristi Oliver

Art All-State (AAS) brings high-school juniors from across Massachusetts to UMass Dartmouth for an intensive two-day collaborative art-making experience, working with teams of professional artists to ...

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Editor's Letter: Collaboration

Saturday, December 1, 2018 | Nancy Walkup

You may be surprised to learn that SchoolArts Magazine is primarily put together by a collaborative of just a handful of people. But our collaboration reaches far beyond our staff. Our articles are wr ...

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Safe Shadows

Saturday, December 1, 2018 | Kari Giordano

On March 24, 2018, many of our students walked out of their classes along with thousands of other young people across the country. Some walked out in support of gun reform laws, others to honor the vi ...

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Mixed-Media Treescapes

Thursday, November 1, 2018 | Barbara Downing Owen

I take my third-grade students outdoors almost anytime our New England weather permits. We travel around our school campus doing observational drawings of trees that are special to our school’s ...

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A Year in the Life of an Art Garden

Thursday, November 1, 2018 | Amy McGlinn

Some of my students’ best creative moments happen when we step outside of our four-walled classroom. That’s why I put nature at the center of my art curriculum. When my seventh- and eighth ...

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What Are You Thankful For?

Thursday, November 1, 2018 | Ken Vieth and Robin Rudy

The motivation for this project came a number of years ago at a family gathering when a relative gave each of us a blank journal. She asked us to write down five things we were thankful for each day f ...

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Facing the Challenges of Cardboard

Thursday, November 1, 2018 | Melissa Purtee

Art teachers love free materials, and I’m no exception. Cardboard is free and plentiful, which should make it a perfect medium. Unfortunately, cardboard can be difficult to cut and hard to work ...

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Editor's Letter: Nature

Thursday, November 1, 2018 | Nancy Walkup

Is nature a welcome guest in your artroom? I was fortunate to grow up surrounded by woods, and my father was a scoutmaster who taught me to look closely at nature. As an art teacher, I always tried to ...

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Editor's Letter: Persistence

Monday, October 1, 2018 | Nancy Walkup

Persistence. Does that concept play a part in your teaching? For your students? For yourself? Persistence is the ability to stick with something, to continue working, to try harder, to not give up. I ...

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The Many Faces of Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Monday, October 1, 2018 | Leigh Drake

In most of my lessons, I like to start off with some simple hints for my students. I leave subtle clues around the room throughout the weeks leading up to a project, such as a book that suddenly appea ...

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Let's Play

Monday, October 1, 2018 | Janis Dukakis

When Santa Clarita Valley’s Education Foundation asked me to act as art director on their annual Children’s Literature and Arts Festival committee, my first thought was, “How fun!&rd ...

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