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Warhol Flower Prints

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 | Liz Callahan

Printmaking with first grade—for some, that might sound like a scary idea. I’ve had a real passion for printmaking since college and have tried to pass that passion on to my students. I kn ...

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Extraterrestrial Installations

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 | Leah Krueger

I’ve noticed the art lessons that really spark curiosity in students have two things in common: multiple tasks that build on each other and the opportunity for students to collaborate with their ...

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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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Exploring Oneself through Artmaking

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 | Ben Hoffman

As a high-school art teacher and practicing artist, I explored this question with my students: “How does an authentic studio practice connect us to ourselves, to one another, and to the world ar ...

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Collaborative Public Art Design

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 | Michael L. Miller

I saw how collaborative public art could transform the lives of people in neighborhoods who might not have much direct experience with visual art. Also, involving local residents in the design process ...

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Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month 2022: Yasuo Kuniyoshi

Monday, May 9, 2022 | Karl Cole

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month continues with the work of Yasuo Kuniyoshi. Kuniyoshi applied modernist compositional principles to works that are solidly grounded in the object. Hi ...

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Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month 2022: Tomie Arai

Monday, May 2, 2022 | Karl Cole

Let’s start May with a tribute to Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Throughout the month, the blog will focus on artists from those cultures who have had a major impact on Amer ...

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End of the Ming Dynasty in China

Monday, April 25, 2022 | Karl Cole

This day in history, April 25, 1644, marked the end of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) in China with the death of Chongzhen Emperor (1611–1644). Although the Ming period was turbulent po ...

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Gem of the Month: Oki Sato

Monday, April 18, 2022 | Karl Cole

It’s always refreshing to learn about a designer who combines an unconventional aesthetic with concern for our climate-changing planet, so Oki Sato’s Cabbage Chair is my Gem of the Month. ...

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Editor’s Letter: Social-Emotional Learning

Monday, April 11, 2022 | Nancy Walkup

I think art teachers have always helped students manage their emotions and develop empathy for others. Considering the emotional trauma created by COVID-19 in our nation’s schools, SEL offers an ...

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Special Places

Monday, April 11, 2022 | Kristina Thomas and Carrie Nordlund

“I want to become an emotion scientist,” says Marc Brackett, founder of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. How can we support our learners to become scientists of feelings, and ex ...

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The Things We Treasure

Monday, April 11, 2022 | Leah Krueger

When I think about all the art lessons I’ve taught, the ones that stand out have their basis in storytelling, memories, and the personal moments that students cherish. Whether life-changing, joy ...

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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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Connecting with Identity and Place

Monday, April 11, 2022 | Abby Birhanu and Lori Santos

Adolescents are on a quest to discover themselves through their social relationships. For this lesson, we wanted to expand their quest to include a connection to place and community. Elements of Indig ...

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World Landscape Architecture Month: Nanzen-ji

Monday, April 4, 2022 | Karl Cole

The landscaping and gardens at Nanzen-ji certainly could be considered an outdoor sculptural installation. As landscape architecture, the garden of this extraordinarily peaceful place in Kyoto approac ...

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Women's History Month 2022: Karin Davie

Monday, March 28, 2022 | Karl Cole

Karin Davie is a Canadian artist who has explored traditional elements of art in a completely novel manner. Her emphasis on the action of line could put her work into the realm of Process Art, althoug ...

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