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Digging Art through Science

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | Jim Dodson

Sometimes you happen upon a great idea for a motivating lesson from watching your students try out new things. Such is the case with our archaeological dig project that was born from a student observi ...

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A Mural to Celebrate Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | Elizabeth Barker

In 2020, I received a Missouri Arts Council grant to bring St. Louis artist Cbabi Bayoc to our small-town community. Cbabi’s first and last names are acronyms: Creative Black Artist Battling Ign ...

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Picture the Music

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | Linda Sachs

For the past twenty-five years, The St. Louis Symphony has sponsored an art contest called Picture the Music. The contest invites students to listen to a piece of music composed by classical composers ...

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Visual Thinking, Poetry, and Gold

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | Beth Dobberstein

“Have you found the book of gold?” This was the question posed in a book that our reading specialist used to promote literacy at our school. The Book of Gold by Bob Staake (Random House Ch ...

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Editor’s Letter: Identity

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 | Nancy Walkup

SchoolArts is currently compiling a collection of high-school articles that focus on contemporary art and artists. After choosing the articles, we grouped them by the Big Ideas they shared. Identity w ...

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Celebratory Self-Portraits

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

We are all different and unique! One of the many differences that can be seen is our skin color, but very rarely will our skin color match the “flesh” crayon in the box. Growing up, I was ...

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Hidden Identities

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

One of the most fulfilling projects I’ve taught in my AP drawing class is based on the idea of the developing (and often conflicting) identity for young men. We start by watching clips of the fi ...

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Rah-Rah for Art Education

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

A common dictionary definition of an advocate is one who pleads the cause of another, or one who defends or maintains a cause or a proposal. If you ask art educators if they are advocates for the arts ...

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Creating College IDs

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

One way I motivate students to become engaged is to introduce self-portraits, which are always popular, but I like to change it up and make the self-portraits more substantial than just drawing your f ...

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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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