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Cultivating Inquiry

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 | Jennifer Bockerman

I wondered how I might provide students with the space to linger in the ambiguity of the creative process; a place where they could play with materials and develop ideas. Students need time built into ...

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Symbolic Clay Envelopes

Monday, April 11, 2022 | Katie Brown

It is challenging, with our shortened time frame, to create a clay experience that gives students a chance to be truly engaged in creating something personal. This lesson has given me the best of both ...

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Ancient to Modern Life

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 | Marie Elcin

By pairing contemporary local artwork with ancient artifacts, students see themes emerge in how art is part of everyday life in any era. The concept of rules in society is especially rich for young ad ...

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Posters That Empower

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 | Marie Huard

I learned about Barbara Jones-Hogu’s work only recently from a colleague at the Pennsylvania Art Education Conference. I loved it the moment I saw it and I knew my students would, too. At the ti ...

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Expressive Stick Drawings

Monday, January 10, 2022 | Sherry White

Drawing Stick Monday has become a tradition that my previous students talk about, new students ask about, and other students watch with wonder. It’s all about expressive mark making and drawing ...

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Prime Time Televisions

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 | Meighan Healey

My objective for this lesson was for students to each construct a 3D television in a pop art style. Students had to include a self-portrait and demonstrate their understanding of background, middle gr ...

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Design Boards

Monday, November 8, 2021 | Melody Weintraub

My idea for this lesson was inspired by a visit to Watkins College of Art in Nashville during our Tennessee Art Education Association’s state conference. While walking to one of my sessions, I n ...

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Steampunk Mosaics

Thursday, October 7, 2021 | Melanie Robinson and Kay Leeper Cameron

I have a lot of recyclable materials in my art room and thus began searching for a way to use some of them in a lesson. Little did I know that I would end up with a bunch of new recyclable materials d ...

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Digging Art through Science

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | Jim Dodson

Sometimes you happen upon a great idea for a motivating lesson from watching your students try out new things. Such is the case with our archaeological dig project that was born from a student observi ...

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Creating College IDs

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

One way I motivate students to become engaged is to introduce self-portraits, which are always popular, but I like to change it up and make the self-portraits more substantial than just drawing your f ...

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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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Facing COVID with Creative Masks

Thursday, May 6, 2021

I presented students with a unique art assignment that takes something we all consider to be a new normal (face masks) and makes them fun and personal. Face masks are now considered a fashion statemen ...

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Insects & Torn Edges

Thursday, April 8, 2021

I needed to find subject matter that would interest my eighth-graders and, at the same time, utilize the natural torn edges of roofing felt. The irregular shape seemed ripe for some form of nature stu ...

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Fun and Function

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Having a great idea is one thing, turning it into a successful project is another. This was all uncharted territory, so questions abounded: How do I go about obtaining enough blank, white expandable p ...

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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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All in Pieces

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Passing by my art room, students and teachers couldn’t help but peer through the windows or peek inside the door. They were drawn by the sounds of electric jigsaws gnawing through plywood, the b ...

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