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Have You Seen This Monster?

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Throughout time and across cultures, humans have created stories about monsters and mythical creatures to help them cope with things they fear or can’t explain. This lesson focuses on the natura ...

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Dismantled Robots

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | Melody Weintraub

As art teachers, sometimes it doesn't take much to inspire us. In my case, it took our school’s tech team leaving behind my classroom’s dismantled wireless router in a trash bin. After dig ...

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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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Risk-Taking, Scaffolding & Team Building

Monday, April 1, 2019 | Laura Lester and Christina Van Hamersveld

We emphasize collaboration along with the eight Studio Habits of Mind right from the start. We encourage open dialogue and positive feedback for students to engage, persist, and reflect on their own p ...

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The World of Fractals

Friday, March 1, 2019 | Kevin Fogelson

Do you aspire to implement innovative ways to incorporate STEAM into your K–12 arts curriculum? Fractals are an engaging way to celebrate art, science, and math. What’s more, fractals are ...

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Senior Portraits

Friday, February 1, 2019 | Amy Albert Bloom

I wondered what my students’ view of older people was. I thought about introducing the topic of elderly citizens as an art theme, but I felt unsure of how to approach this with my eighth-grade s ...

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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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Adjective Sculptures

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 | Janine Campbell

When approaching project challenges with students, I try to create learning experiences that encourage and reward risk-taking and divergent outcomes. This can be a challenge when students are using si ...

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Safe Shadows

Saturday, December 1, 2018 | Kari Giordano

Students were seeking ways to feel safe and secure in their school, and they were engaged in real, practical dialogues about how to achieve that. For their final project of the course, I reacted to th ...

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A Year in the Life of an Art Garden

Thursday, November 1, 2018 | Amy McGlinn

Some of my students’ best creative moments happen when we step outside of our four-walled class- room. That’s why I put nature at the center of my art curriculum. When my seventh- and eigh ...

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Boxed Humans

Monday, October 1, 2018 | Harrison Dodge and Kala Phelps

I collaborated with my student Harrison Dodge, who wrote most of this article. When planning this Boxed Humans project, I wanted to give my students freedom to create pieces that reflected their own d ...

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The Tree of Life

Saturday, September 1, 2018 | Rachel Wintemberg

Gustav Klimt filled his artwork with mysterious imagery and mythological references. He did not explain his pictures, instead leaving it up to the viewer to interpret the story. We do know that Klimt ...

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