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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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Understanding, Ideas, Information, Personal Learning Networks = Valuable Tools

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 | Laura & Matt Grundler, The Creativity Department

This month we are excited to share a post from our partners The Creativity Department / K12ArtChat. You can also read this post directly from their website by using this link. In addition to the re ...

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Sharing Environmental Stories

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

As an art educator, I wanted my students to explore the negative effects of plastic on our environment. My purpose was to help them understand not only what is happening to our environment, but also w ...

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Revisiting O'Keeffe

Monday, January 4, 2021

Standing with my dry-erase marker in front of fourthgraders, I start drawing that one flower...it has a circle in the center, five petals, a stem, two leaves, some grass, and a sun in the corner. I as ...

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Planting Acorns

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Flint, Michigan, has seen better days. Loss of manufacturing coupled with the Flint water crisis has taken its toll. In 1913, General Motors attempted to build 1,000 houses in one year for the influx ...

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Color Monsters

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

In the book The Color Monster (Sterling, 2012) by Anna Llenas, a child helps a monster sort out its feelings. No feeling is judged or suppressed— they are all identified and acknowledged. I desi ...

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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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