Collaboration
Most Recent Issue: Summer 2021

Collaboration

Art teachers celebrate student success through a variety of collaborative and group-focused assignments. Two educators forge a partnership to teach students about African arts and culture, while another educator creates an opportunity for students to paint with their feet. Students also work together in small groups to complete table-sized craft paper drawings; team up with a Chicago muralist to complete an outdoor mural; participate in a school library sculpture challenge; and more.

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Nature
May 2021

Nature

Art teachers encourage a love of nature through various lessons using a STEAM approach, unusual materials, visits to an aquarium and an alpaca farm, and more. Students illustrate fantastical reimaginings of nature photographs; demonstrate a knowledge of color and value blending with bilateral insect drawings; team with a botanical preserve to create a butterfly mural installation; collaborate on a large-scale ceramic school garden; and more.

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Contemporary Art
April 2021

Contemporary Art

Art teachers engage their students with contemporary art from living and global artists. Young students create wacky abstract face collages inspired by Tony Oursler, elementary students investigate the work of Aaron Draplin and layer personalized logos with selfie monoprints, middle-school students paint eye-catching designs on expandable phone grips, high-school students photograph everyday objects that conceal and separate them from other people, and more.

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Environment
March 2021

Environment

Art teachers highlight environmental issues and encourage sustainable practices through a variety of meaningful lessons. Kindergartners upcycle discarded materials into humorous robots; elementary students investigate the negative effects of plastic on the environment and create detailed compositions of the Long Island Sound; middle-school students illustrate cartoons that document life as a young person in the time of COVID, high-school students create larger-than-life portraits on reclaimed cardboard; and more.

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Realism / Abstraction
February 2021

Realism / Abstraction

Art teachers share lessons that highlight, compare, and contrast realism and abstraction. Students revisit the classic Georgia O’Keeffe flower lesson with a fresh twist and draw extreme closeups of native wildflowers; manipulate paper to create bold and unconventional sculptures inspired by artist Crystal Wagner; examine the geometric works of Piet Mondrian and incorporate curved lines into their own unique paintings; and more.

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Compassion
January 2021

Compassion

Art teachers share lessons that encourage empathy, honor kindness, and inspire positive change. Students participate in a series of activities to imagine a brighter future for a blighted neighborhood; design posters to foster awareness of timely issues; create art to celebrate black artists, activists, and changemakers; sketch and color personalized mandalas during a mindfulness activity; and more.

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Media Arts
December 2020

Media Arts

Art teachers share lessons that use apps, smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, 3D printers, and more. Many of the lessons in this issue contain both a digital and hands-on component. Students sculpt clay figures and bring them to life using stop-motion animation, collaborate to create and animate posable cardboard monsters based on emotions, use a 3D modeling app and 3D printer to create geometric accessories, and more.

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STEAM
November 2020

STEAM

Art teachers integrate additional disciplines into their lessons to encourage experimentation, collaboration, and creativity. Middle-school students explore the microscopic world of bacteria and render oil pastel drawings of their findings, young students create low-relief jellyfish sculptures in a marine biology and paleontology-fueled lesson, elementary students experiment with acids and bases to dye and print on fabric, high-school students study the field of medical illustration, and more.

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Independence
October 2020

Independence

Art teachers develop a variety of lessons that encourage students to become independent and confident artists. High-school students learning remotely create image portfolios documenting their experiences during the 2020 pandemic, middle-school students choose a personal color scheme and create magnetic baking-pan portraits, young students use popular toy bricks in a colorful printmaking activity, an art teacher explores the various items in their pantry to create paint alternatives, and more.

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Community
September 2020

Community

Art teachers share a variety of lessons that encourage community building, choice, and student engagement. The lessons in this issue provide a high level of choice for students learning from home, and may encourage collaboration among family members as well. Students learn to be resourceful while using everyday materials to create bound sketchbooks; use reference photographs to complete a still-life drapery study at home; experiment with line printing using corrugated cardboard; and more.

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