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Editor’s Letter: Humor

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 | Nancy Walkup

Having a well-developed sense of humor is a definite asset for an art teacher, both for your own peace of mind and your students’ engagement in art-making. This month, we offer a humorous take o ...

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Surrealist Playtime

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 | John Purcell

My students love surrealism. When I showed them the art of Salvador Dalí and René Magritte, their imaginations soared. They loved the silliness and the dreamlike bending of reality. It m ...

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Bird By Bird

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 | Rama Hughes

My grandfather, Wallace Oscar Hughes, was a wildlife artist. He made his living drawing animals for books, magazines, stamps, and more. His specialty was birdlife. When I was a kid learning to draw, m ...

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Prime Time Televisions

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 | Meighan Healey

My objective for this lesson was for students to each construct a 3D television in a pop art style. Students had to include a self-portrait and demonstrate their understanding of background, middle gr ...

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Editor’s Letter: Design

Monday, November 8, 2021 | Nancy Walkup

As an art educator, you are likely to be more consciously aware of design in your environment than the general public. Design is a word that is bantered around quite a bit in art education, but its me ...

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Opening the Door to Digital Design

Monday, November 8, 2021 | Jane Montero

After classroom doors shuttered in March of 2020, virtual teaching changed how we delivered our art curriculum to our students. As I scrambled to create individual art kits, sought funding from donors ...

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Design Boards

Monday, November 8, 2021 | Melody Weintraub

My idea for this lesson was inspired by a visit to Watkins College of Art in Nashville during our Tennessee Art Education Association’s state conference. While walking to one of my sessions, I n ...

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Isometric Interiors

Monday, November 8, 2021 | Kasmira Mohanty

The notion that an isometric illustration can be created using basic shapes and a straightforward process made the idea of engineering a project for my entry-level computer graphics students very appe ...

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Advocacy Action Planning

Monday, November 8, 2021 | D. Jack Davis

Setting goals for your advocacy efforts is essential. What do you hope to accomplish with your efforts? Keep your goals to a manageable number and express them in a clear and straightforward manner. S ...

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Steampunk Mosaics

Thursday, October 7, 2021 | Melanie Robinson and Kay Leeper Cameron

I have a lot of recyclable materials in my art room and thus began searching for a way to use some of them in a lesson. Little did I know that I would end up with a bunch of new recyclable materials d ...

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Illuminated Animals

Thursday, October 7, 2021 | Cara Wade

Scrolling through Pinterest a few summers ago, I came across a lantern sculpture project that was whimsical, beautiful, and often abstract. I researched how to build these sculptures and, surprisingly ...

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The Advocacy Planning Process

Thursday, October 7, 2021 | D. Jack Davis

To begin an advocacy effort, either as an individual or as a team, you must first engage in a planning process of brainstorming, researching, and refining ideas, as well as projecting timelines and bu ...

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Sculpture Parks

Thursday, October 7, 2021 | Samantha Messer

Students discussed how what we might think of as trash can take on new life. Then, tying in geography, students used paper plates to create aerial maps of their sculpture parks using permanent markers ...

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Editor’s Letter: Structure

Thursday, October 7, 2021 | Nancy Walkup

In the simplest terms, structure is the arrangement and organization of related parts according to a plan or pattern. Though the concept of structure can be applied to many things, for the purpose of ...

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The Art of Healing

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | Gillian J. Furniss

On September 11, 2001, firefighter Brenda Berkman was called to duty and went to the Twin Towers after the terrorist attack. Ten years later, she began to create lithograph prints about her experience ...

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Editor’s Letter: Connections

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | Nancy Walkup

As an art teacher, I’ve always considered art to be central to the curriculum—a bridge that unites content areas in logical and meaningful ways. With art as a central focus, the interconne ...

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