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Celebrating Pride Month

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

As Pride Month celebrations wind down for the year, we acknowledge the importance of recognizing diversity and inclusion throughout the year. Pride is the celebration and simple joy of being your true ...

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Playing Around with Paper

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Using oil pastels, students created a living creature, either real or imagined, on their papers. I encouraged them to use inventive textures to create interest in these beings and to manipulate the oi ...

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Soda Birds

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | Rita Roberts

If you are like me, you’re always in search of art ideas to inspire creativity within your classroom—ideas that will allow your students to experience something new, projects that can be m ...

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7 Effortless Ways to Get Money for Art Education

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Anxiety, stress, and uncertainty are all words we’ve heard used when the topic of grant writing comes up. We get it! Grant writing can be a long, hard and confusing process. ...

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Abstract Mark Making

Monday, April 1, 2019 | Jordan DeWilde

I was first introduced to artist and dancer Heather Hansen by my former classmate and later by my student teacher. Both of these women are phenomenal art teachers and provide great examples of contemp ...

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Birds of a Feather

Monday, March 11, 2019 | Tiffany Anderson and Amy Pfeiler-Wunder

Developing care for others is deeply connected to our capacity to care for nature. Ongoing interaction with nature, specifically through one’s local environment, fosters empathy and a love of na ...

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Animation Unplugged

Friday, March 1, 2019 | Rama Hughes

I’ve been teaching animation at my school for the past ten years. We now have access to computers, but I teach the concepts of animation long before students visit the computer lab. Our first an ...

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Preservation

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Davis Publications began with the idea of preservation—preserving the most progressive ideas about teaching art. We’ve made it our mission to promote and support sound art instruction with ...

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Covering Comic Book Covers

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 | Rama Hughes

When I was a kid, I taught myself to draw by copying favorite cartoons from television and comic books. My peers did the same. Today, my students do it, too. Between classes, they show me studies they ...

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An Artroom Ink Collaboration

Saturday, December 1, 2018 | Kelsi Quicksall

In the morning before our first Sumi Ink Club session, preparations are made. Tables, countertops, and windowsills are covered with white paper; sumi ink and brushes are put in places for easy retriev ...

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Mixed-Media Treescapes

Thursday, November 1, 2018 | Barbara Downing Owen

I take my third-grade students out- doors almost anytime our New England weather permits. We travel around our school campus doing observational drawings of trees that are special to our school’ ...

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The Many Faces of Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Monday, October 1, 2018 | Leigh Drake

I have always been inspired by Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s work. Arcimboldo (1526–1593) was an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portraits made entirely of unexpected objects s ...

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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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