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National Poetry Month: Tang Yin

Monday, April 22, 2024 | Karl Cole

April is National Poetry Month in the United States. This celebration of literary pursuits was begun by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996. The celebration encourages anyone connected with bo ...

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The Mission Continues: A New Editor-in-Chief

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 | Nancy Walkup

My first art education article was published in SchoolArts in April 1989, titled “A Guide to Planning an Arts Festival.” I was in my first teaching position, and I clearly remember how exc ...

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Seeing Stars: Vija Celmins

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 | Karl Cole

The recent eclipse gave me a hankering for some art that is space oriented. I naturally thought of these prints by Vija Celmins. I’ve always been amazed by the patience that her brand of re ...

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Co-Editor’s Letter: Contemporary Art

Monday, April 15, 2024 | James Rees

As you read the articles about contemporary art in this issue and share the associated projects with your students, keep in mind that you’re not discarding the teaching of traditional artists an ...

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Put-Together Patterns

Monday, April 15, 2024 | Sue Liedke

When a Sean Scully exhibition came to Philadelphia, I was excited to introduce my students to his bold, large-scale work. The paintings we looked at were massive—wall-sized panels featuring brig ...

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A Contemporary Creative Process

Monday, April 15, 2024 | Ruth Byrne

I love heading outside and teaching landscape art en plein air, but last year my landscape plans were given a contemporary twist through the work and artistic process of painter, writer, and teaching ...

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Exploring Alternative Mark-Making

Monday, April 15, 2024 | Frank Juárez

This project came at the perfect time, after my Drawing Intensive students had completed a large-scale realistic drawing assignment. I wanted to give them the freedom to experiment in their mark-makin ...

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Tondo-Inspired Abstract Paintings

Monday, April 15, 2024 | Sunnylee Mowery

Anyone studying contemporary art will notice that many modern visual artists use adaptation in their work. Adaptation can be a difficult concept for young artists to grasp. It has become so ubiquitous ...

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Gem of the Month: Paul Sérusier

Tuesday, April 9, 2024 | Karl Cole

The “schools” of Pont-Aven and Le Pouldu in Brittany, France, were artist colonies even before the “star,” Paul Gauguin (1848–1903), showed up in 1886 and 1889, respectiv ...

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National Garden Month: Amer Fort

Monday, April 1, 2024 | Karl Cole

I can’t think of a more appropriate month for National Garden Month than April, when we are fresh from winter and want to go outside and see flowers. April was first declared National Garden Mon ...

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Documenting Child Labor: Jacob Riis

Monday, March 25, 2024 | Karl Cole

If we think that only adult women have played an important role in American history, then we are sadly mistaken. Before child labor laws were passed in the United States (1 September 1916), young wome ...

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Gem of the Month: Kumi Sugaï

Monday, March 18, 2024 | Karl Cole

Abstraction was not an invention of Western artists in the early 1900s. The following definitions indicate that abstraction has been part of art throughout the world since the cave paintings of pre-hi ...

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Unwanted Artwork Olympics

Tuesday, March 12, 2024 | Annie Zirin

I have a rule in my art room that students are not allowed to throw their “mistakes” in the trash. If they are working on a piece and decide they don’t like it, it goes in the Unwant ...

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Collaborative Learning through Design

Tuesday, March 12, 2024 | Janine Campbell

This collaboration was developed during the 2020–2021 school year, when the pandemic made working together a challenge. With the implementation of Google Docs and Google Drawings, the barriers t ...

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Much More Than Recess with Crayons

Tuesday, March 12, 2024 | Melissa Purtee

Have you ever heard TAB referred to as “recess with crayons”? The idea that TAB is a free-for-all or lacks educational value doesn’t represent the learning and engagement in the thou ...

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Co-Editor’s Letter: Choice

Tuesday, March 12, 2024 | Clyde Gaw

The short time that students spend in art class during the school year might be the only time they can fully experience their role as intentional artists. Personal interests and autobiographical event ...

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