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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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Boxed Humans

Monday, October 1, 2018 | Harrison Dodge and Kala Phelps

I collaborated with my student Harrison Dodge, who wrote most of this article. When planning this Boxed Humans project, I wanted to give my students freedom to create pieces that reflected their own d ...

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The Pineapple & the Suitcase

Saturday, September 1, 2018 | Ken Vieth and Betsy DiJulio

As an art educator, I believe in developing projects that call for students to produce images that are aesthetically strong. This requires them to think about their creative experience and who they ar ...

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Editor's Letter: Beginnings

Saturday, September 1, 2018 | Nancy Walkup

Whether you are a newbie or a veteran art teacher, the beginning of the school year always offers a fresh new start and an opportunity to set high expectations for your students. To renew or reinforce ...

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Patterned & Printed Self-Portraits

Saturday, September 1, 2018 | Michael Van Meter

Recently, I decided to incorporate the art of adinkra cloth into my fourth-grade self-portrait lesson. As we began the unit of study, we looked at printmaking artists from Ghana, West Africa, who use ...

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The Tree of Life

Saturday, September 1, 2018 | Rachel Wintemberg

Gustav Klimt filled his artwork with mysterious imagery and mythological references. He did not explain his pictures, instead leaving it up to the viewer to interpret the story. We do know that Klimt ...

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Sharing Student Success: Get Published

Saturday, September 1, 2018 | Frank Juarez

Managing an art classroom is no different than managing an art gallery. Both communicate a mission and a vision. We work with artists/ students of all levels. We provide resources that will aid in the ...

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