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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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Nonobjective Sculpture

Monday, January 4, 2021

Students’ creativity is so often stifled by insecurity in their artistic abilities. As with any subject, it’s important to allow our students a means for success. I wanted my students to e ...

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Honoring Kindness

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted,” is one of my favorite quotes from Aesop. It’s from the fable The Lion and the Mouse, where the spared mouse later frees the ...

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Wearable Works

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

One of the most important objectives I have for students when they enter my classroom is to experience art beyond the base level of media manipulation. It is important that students have a fundamental ...

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Microscopic Worlds

Monday, October 5, 2020

How can we see relationships in nature and in the subjects we teach every day at school? How can commonalities motivate students and aid in the understanding of both scientific and artistic concepts? ...

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Magnetic Personalities

Thursday, September 3, 2020

After reading Pick Your Nose & Make a Face by Anne Maxwell- Weisbrod (A. Weisbrod Designs, 2003), I knew I had the perfect project idea for my students. The book features head, neck, and shoulder ...

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The Cracker Box Sketchbook

Friday, July 24, 2020

The quote, “A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty” is often attributed to Winston Churchill. Whether Churchill said it or not, ...

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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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Choice-Based Self-Portraits

Monday, May 4, 2020

I’ve been teaching students how to draw using a grid for years. Before the current digital age, I showed students how to create a grid on a page protector using a permanent marker so that when t ...

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