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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Editor’s Letter: Contemporary Art

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Contemporary art is vibrant, diverse, exciting, and engaging. It can help you introduce more diverse, living, global artists to your students and spark meaningful discussions. However, many art teache ...

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Editor’s Letter: Environment

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Have you noticed changes in your natural environment over time? When I was a child, we lived in the middle of the woods in Louisiana, and my siblings and I spent most of our time outdoors there. I was ...

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Editor's Letter: Realism/Abstraction

Monday, January 4, 2021

Up until last March, I was a docent at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe. Our governor shut the state down quickly because of the coronavirus and, as a result, all of the museums were clos ...

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Editor's Letter: Compassion

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Has there ever been a time in your memory when compassion and kindness were more needed? What does it mean to have compassion? Compassion is active. To have compassion is to show kindness and empathy ...

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Editor's Letter: Media Arts

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Back in March of this year, no one could have predicted the challenges art educators are now facing in this time of remote teaching. Many teachers have had to prepare for face-to-face instruction with ...

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Editor's Letter: STEAM

Monday, October 5, 2020

Around this time every year, I had a skeleton in my elementary art room. Our school’s science lab had a full-sized replica skeleton that no one seemed to use except me, so I would borrow it for ...

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Editor's Letter: Independence

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Independence—isn’t that a quality you want your students to develop? The need for student independence is essential, now more than ever, in light of this unprecedented pandemic. ...

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Editor's Letter: Community

Friday, July 24, 2020

This is a challenging time for art educators as states practice social distancing, close schools, and recommend staying home. As I write this, we don’t know what will happen this fall, but I kno ...

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