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Art from the Heart

Wednesday, August 3, 2022 | Jane B. Montero and Rob Garrett

On February 24, 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine. As art educators teaching elementary students, Jane Brumfield Montero (Michigan) and Robb Garrett (Poland) created an art exchange to spread cheer to stud ...

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Extraterrestrial Installations

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 | Leah Krueger

I’ve noticed the art lessons that really spark curiosity in students have two things in common: multiple tasks that build on each other and the opportunity for students to collaborate with their ...

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Special Places

Monday, April 11, 2022 | Kristina Thomas and Carrie Nordlund

“I want to become an emotion scientist,” says Marc Brackett, founder of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. How can we support our learners to become scientists of feelings, and ex ...

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The Things We Treasure

Monday, April 11, 2022 | Leah Krueger

When I think about all the art lessons I’ve taught, the ones that stand out have their basis in storytelling, memories, and the personal moments that students cherish. Whether life-changing, joy ...

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The Amazing World of Jen Stark

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 | Jane B. Montero

I have known about Jen Stark’s colorful paintings and sculptures for many years, but it wasn’t until last spring that I finally settled on a Stark-inspired digital drawing project for my f ...

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Illuminated Wonders

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 | Leigh Drake

I was inspired to venture into the use of circuits and lighting after a session I attended at a local conference. That school year, my students made steampunk-inspired bugs (see SchoolArts, March 2020 ...

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It’s All about the Tubmans

Monday, January 10, 2022 | Rama Hughes

For our art activity in 2021, I prepared a list of important people from Black history. Each student took a turn picking a name from the list. I asked them to choose a name they didn’t recognize ...

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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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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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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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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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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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International Nurse’s Day

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 | Karl Cole

Today is the birthday of the woman credited with establishing protocols and training for modern nursing, Florence Nightingale (1820–1910, British) in Hampshire, England. She created a core of nu ...

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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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Underwater Worlds

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Living in Virginia Beach, a community literally surrounded by surf and sea life, I thought it was fitting for our gifted artists to explore some of the facilities in their own backyard. So, we venture ...

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Yayoi Kusama & Notan Mashup

Thursday, March 4, 2021

The primary focus of my elementary art curriculum is contemporary art, but I still connect the present with concepts or artists from the past to reinforce how the latter informs the former. One exampl ...

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