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Editor’s Letter: Visual Culture

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 | Nancy Walkup

Your digital native students are immersed and engaged in visual culture in every aspect of their lives through their computers, digital devices, television, video games, and more. Developing visual an ...

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Editor’s Letter: Collaboration

Thursday, November 10, 2022 | Nancy Walkup

As an art teacher, you are in an excellent position to develop collaborative projects for your students. On a practical level, you can have students work in pairs or small groups, correlate lessons wi ...

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Editor’s Letter: Empathy

Monday, September 12, 2022 | Nancy Walkup

Empathy is the ability to recognize, understand, and share the thoughts and feelings of others. How can the power of art be used to both express and explore empathy? To explore the concept of empathy, ...

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Editor’s Letter: Beginnings

Wednesday, August 3, 2022 | Nancy Walkup

The start of a new school year always seems to offer a fresh beginning. For new teachers especially, meeting students for the first time may offer a challenge. Personally, I always had students making ...

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Co-Editors’ Letter: Curiosity

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 | Sara Wilson McKay and Amy Pfeiler-Wunder

As former classroom art educators and current preparers of preservice art educators, we see the art room as a place alive with curiosity. We see this in the myriad of ways learners approach making thr ...

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Editor’s Letter: Social-Emotional Learning

Monday, April 11, 2022 | Nancy Walkup

I think art teachers have always helped students manage their emotions and develop empathy for others. Considering the emotional trauma created by COVID-19 in our nation’s schools, SEL offers an ...

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Co-Editor’s Letter: Contemporary Art

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 | Frank Juarez

Contemporary art is around us more than we may think. It exists in our communities, on social media, in the news, in magazines, and even on billboards. It serves multiple purposes driven by the artist ...

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Editor’s Letter: Media Arts

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 | Nancy
Walkup

Today’s students have grown up with computers and the internet and are desirous of fast-paced, simultaneous access to a broad range of information through a number of devices. Because these stud ...

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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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