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The Not-So-Still Still-Life

Monday, October 5, 2020

Wouldn’t it be great if…” is exactly how my conversation with Meg Warburton started at a Halloween Party in 2018. Meg is an educator with the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Rhode Island ...

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Adaptability

Friday, September 11, 2020 | Julian Wade

Want to know a secret? My major in college was Geography. It’s not really a secret at all, but you may be wondering how in the world that happened. It’s not as far a stretch as you may thi ...

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Spherical Portraits

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

I’ve always been interested in painting on alternative surfaces. From wood to glass to silk and beyond, I wanted to experiment with whatever surfaces I could find. Paint has a unique quality on ...

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Roaring with Positivity

Friday, July 24, 2020

In the midst of summer vacation, I’d say the last thing most teachers want to do is think about the upcoming school year, but we art teachers are a different breed. Our heads and hearts are full ...

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Call to Artists—Submit Your Art for an Online Gallery Show

Friday, July 10, 2020 | Barbara Place

In these days of COVID-19, the digital community is becoming an increasingly important part of our lives. We teach online, we learn online, and we visit family members online. We even have doctors&rsq ...

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Drawing out Your Inner Critic

Monday, May 4, 2020

I can’t draw!” “I stink!” A student’s confidence can plummet between fourth and fifth grade. They regurgitate the encouragement that I’ve taught them: “I can& ...

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Best Practices for Teaching Art Online

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 | Barbara Place

Teaching online is a challenge that educators across the country are learning to address. To support the unique needs of art educators, Davis has created a handout, “Best Practices for Teaching ...

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Elementary Animation

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Just over a decade ago, I was a new art teacher who was very excited to bring animation into my elementary curriculum. I uploaded hundreds of images from digital cameras into stop-motion software on m ...

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Honoring Iconography

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

As part of their classroom study of the civil rights movement, my fifth-grade art students explored the idea of iconography in artwork. I showed them images of devotional art from Christian, Buddhist, ...

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Small Wonders

Friday, February 7, 2020

Steampunk is a style that combines historical elements with anachronistic technological features inspired by science fiction. After discovering this style of design, it really inspired me for an up-an ...

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Contemporary Color Wheels

Monday, January 6, 2020

The color wheel is a staple in the artroom from elementary through high school and beyond. How can we take something that is familiar—that can easily become stagnant—to a new and exciting ...

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Mindful Moments

Friday, December 6, 2019

Empathy is defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. It is a skill that requires reflection and practice. It also requires the ability to imagine outside of yourself, to ...

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Busy Cities

Friday, November 8, 2019

Curiosity, adventure, and discovery may explain why students are stimulated by pictures, virtual tours, and visits to New York City and other cities across the United States. Because we live near New ...

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4 Ways to Build Your Own Community

Thursday, October 31, 2019 | Toni Henneman

We all know being an art teacher can be isolating. This makes collaboration even more difficult than it naturally is. ...

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3 Ways to Foster Collaboration

Friday, October 25, 2019 | Barbara Place

Why do we care about collaboration? Because we know that we learn through interactions with others. ...

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Exploring Bugs: Entomology as Art

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

According to scientific studies (see Web Links), there are more than 200 million insects for each human on the planet! This is an astonishing fact I discovered while researching ideas for a lesson tha ...

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