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Hispanic Heritage Month: Felix González-Torres

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 | Karl Cole

Of the many artists who addressed the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and 90s, perhaps none approach the poignancy of the work of Felix González-Torres. His later works document different perce ...

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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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Illuminated Animals

Thursday, October 7, 2021 | Cara Wade

Scrolling through Pinterest a few summers ago, I came across a lantern sculpture project that was whimsical, beautiful, and often abstract. I researched how to build these sculptures and, surprisingly ...

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The Advocacy Planning Process

Thursday, October 7, 2021 | D. Jack Davis

To begin an advocacy effort, either as an individual or as a team, you must first engage in a planning process of brainstorming, researching, and refining ideas, as well as projecting timelines and bu ...

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Sculpture Parks

Thursday, October 7, 2021 | Samantha Messer

Students discussed how what we might think of as trash can take on new life. Then, tying in geography, students used paper plates to create aerial maps of their sculpture parks using permanent markers ...

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Editor’s Letter: Structure

Thursday, October 7, 2021 | Nancy Walkup

In the simplest terms, structure is the arrangement and organization of related parts according to a plan or pattern. Though the concept of structure can be applied to many things, for the purpose of ...

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Marisol

Monday, October 4, 2021 | Karl Cole

Central and South American artists who moved to America during the 1900s made important contributions to the evolution of modern art in America, from Minimalism and Op Art to Pop Art and total abstrac ...

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Luis Jiménez

Monday, September 27, 2021 | Karl Cole

Although often associated with Pop Art because he plumbed myths, stereotypes, and mass media for subject matter, Mexican American artist Luis Jiménez approached his satire from a more critical, ...

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Respect for the Aged Day 2021

Monday, September 20, 2021 | Karl Cole

The concept of filial piety (reverence for one’s elders) has been deeply ingrained in many cultures around the world for forever. At one time this may have been the case in the West, but the obs ...

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National Arts in Education Week 2021

Monday, September 13, 2021 | Karl Cole

How quickly we forget that, up until the late 1800s, going to the local museum to copy “masterpieces” of past art and training under a male relative who was a professional artist were ...

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The Art of Healing

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | Gillian J. Furniss

On September 11, 2001, firefighter Brenda Berkman was called to duty and went to the Twin Towers after the terrorist attack. Ten years later, she began to create lithograph prints about her experience ...

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Editor’s Letter: Connections

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | Nancy Walkup

As an art teacher, I’ve always considered art to be central to the curriculum—a bridge that unites content areas in logical and meaningful ways. With art as a central focus, the interconne ...

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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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A Mural to Celebrate Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | Elizabeth Barker

In 2020, I received a Missouri Arts Council grant to bring St. Louis artist Cbabi Bayoc to our small-town community. Cbabi’s first and last names are acronyms: Creative Black Artist Battling Ign ...

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Picture the Music

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | Linda Sachs

For the past twenty-five years, The St. Louis Symphony has sponsored an art contest called Picture the Music. The contest invites students to listen to a piece of music composed by classical composers ...

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Visual Thinking, Poetry, and Gold

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | Beth Dobberstein

“Have you found the book of gold?” This was the question posed in a book that our reading specialist used to promote literacy at our school. The Book of Gold by Bob Staake (Random House Ch ...

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