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Community Advocate Printmaking

Friday, May 17, 2024 | Ariel Kay

Students are asked to choose a topic that interests them based on their experiences in their communities (local or global). This topic becomes their community issue to address. Students can also choos ...

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A Contemporary Creative Process

Monday, April 15, 2024 | Ruth Byrne

I love heading outside and teaching landscape art en plein air, but last year my landscape plans were given a contemporary twist through the work and artistic process of painter, writer, and teaching ...

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Unwanted Artwork Olympics

Tuesday, March 12, 2024 | Annie Zirin

I have a rule in my art room that students are not allowed to throw their “mistakes” in the trash. If they are working on a piece and decide they don’t like it, it goes in the Unwant ...

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Redrawing the Classroom as a Model of Mindfulness

Monday, February 12, 2024 | Dani Schechner

Welcome to our art lab. Take a seat and close your eyes. Breathe in through your mouth. Let the air go through your throat, chest, and stomach. Expand your stomach with air so it becomes as big as it ...

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Teaching Animation in the Elementary Classroom

Thursday, December 14, 2023 | Illya Tolbert

Animation is a way for students to express themselves in a unique and visual manner. It also promotes digital literacy by introducing them to software and techniques that they’ll need to know in ...

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CAD Sculpture Garden

Thursday, November 9, 2023 | Bette Naughton

Engaging your students in a design project that incorporates creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and real-world applications can inspire them to think innovatively while igniting curiosity a ...

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Under Construction

Monday, October 2, 2023 | Jane B. Montero

Reflecting on the scope of my fifth-grade art curriculum, I realized that, aside from clay projects, students were mainly creating watercolor paintings and construction paper collages—primarily ...

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Visibility

Tuesday, September 19, 2023 | Julian Davis Wade

An article I recently read offered this advice, “publicly displaying students’ art engages parents, arts education advocates, and the community in conversations about the importance of art ...

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A Visual Autobiography

Monday, September 11, 2023 | Leigh Drake

We have all had to research and write biographies on different people throughout our educational journeys. For this project, I wanted students to research and reflect on the person they know best&mdas ...

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A Proven Winner

Thursday, August 3, 2023 | Linda Schober

My third-graders focus on the concept of organic and geometric shapes and the vocabulary associated with it throughout the year. Using a guessing game approach, we find the shapes in representational ...

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Hold On to Your Hats

Tuesday, May 9, 2023 | Leigh Drake

One of my goals is to educate students on the many art-related careers available today. I believe it’s important to start this conversation early to allow students to explore options that are th ...

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Thinking Like Contemporary Artists

Tuesday, April 11, 2023 | Megan Jell

At the start of the school year, after a year of hybrid, virtual, and dual modes of instruction, I noticed a strong resistance to risk-taking in the art room. I needed to retrain my students to take r ...

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Video Games as Interactive Art

Thursday, March 9, 2023 | Brian Imfeld and Stacy Darwin

When I was in elementary school, it wasn’t possible to play video games in the classroom. Today, students can design their own video games, full of unique characters and worlds using apps like B ...

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A Tactile Approach to Symmetry

Thursday, February 9, 2023 | Nica Operchuck Rumion

I was a multiple subject teacher for nearly twenty years before becoming an elementary art teacher. When I moved to the art room, I decided to do a full year of math and art connected concepts. I was ...

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Connecting with Chromesthesia

Thursday, November 10, 2022 | Janice Corsino and Nani Naish

Students in their music class tapped into their synesthetic minds by listening to two compositions containing very different musical elements such as dynamics, rhythm, form, and tonality. Students ske ...

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Storyteller Drawings

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 | Melanie Robinson

During midwinter, storyteller and retired art teacher Sue Hinkel visits our school and tells stories to the third-graders. She also shares her outstanding collection of Native American clay storytelle ...

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