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Everything you need to teach basic concepts and techniques while nurturing creativity through experimentation, reflection, and exploration.

The Mindful Studio
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The Mindful Studio

By Jane E. Dalton

Bring mindfulness and expressive arts practices to the classroom. Discover a plethora of tools to use with students in this book that introduces mindfulness-based arts practices to teachers. You’ll find centering exercises to begin creative endeavors, visual arts lessons, reflection questions, and lesson extensions to explore mindfulness in a variety of art modalities. Enhance students’ creative process, help them be more engaged and focused on the task at hand, and encourage them to be open to their emotional life.

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SchoolArts Collection: Contemporary Art
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SchoolArts Collection: Contemporary Art

By SchoolArts magazine

The next title in the SchoolArts Collection, Contemporary Art, is filled with lessons that will encourage your students to learn about, respond to, and create contemporary art. Organized into chapters on Identity, Social and Emotional Issues, and Collaboration, you’ll find studio lessons based on concepts and essential questions. Engage students in projects that are meaningful and discover what their voices add to the contemporary conversation.

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Artmaking, Play, and Meaning Making
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Artmaking, Play, and Meaning Making

By Sydney Walker

This new title in the Art Education in Practice Series explores the use of play as a method for provoking new ways of thinking. Play is often considered in terms of young children or as a diversion for older students, author Sydney Walker invites us to consider play as a productive agent that works to evoke diverse thought and challenges students to move beyond traditional artmaking.

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Race and Art Education
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Race and Art Education

By Amelia M. Kraehe & Joni B. Acuff

This title in the Art Education in Practice Series addresses issues of race in an accessible style with a focus on classroom practice. This book aims to provide a well-informed introduction to essential concepts, vocabularies, strategies, and methods for engaging race and racialized human differences in a constructive, equity-oriented manner.

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Therapeutic Approaches in Art Education
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Therapeutic Approaches in Art Education

By Lisa Kay

Working with students who have experienced adversity and trauma can be challenging. Therapeutic Approaches in Art Education is a practical guide for those who wish to support therapeutic art making in their practice. Discover trauma-informed approaches that can be applied to a typical classroom setting—urban, rural, or suburban—and address marginalized populations. While you will not become an art therapist, this book will help you gain a better understanding of art therapy and how to support your students in thoughtful, holistic ways. 186 pages, softcover

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Rules for Making Artists Poster
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Rules for Making Artists Poster

By Melissa Purtee

In her new book, Making Artists, co-authored with Ian Sands, Melissa Purtee lays out her method for teaching students with a range of abilities how to work as independent artists. Created as a companion to that book, this poster is the perfect piece to adorn your walls and show your students that art opens a world of opportunity for them!

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Fashion Fundamentals
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Fashion Fundamentals

By Robin VandeZande, Terese Giobbia, Marjorie Wachowiak, Gretchen Kaine

Immerse students in design, problem-solving, and innovative thinking with fashion design. Fashion Fundamentals covers methods and approaches to teaching fashion including design history, foundations, cultural and personal influences, and materials and tools. Lesson activities guide students through the process of developing original ideas using the creative process and building fundamental skills in clothing creation through hand- or machine-sewing techniques.

Check out the webinar on Fashion Fundamentals with authors Robin VandeZande, Terese Giobbia, Marjorie Wachowiak, and Gretchen Kaine.

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SchoolArts Collection: STEAM
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SchoolArts Collection: STEAM

By SchoolArts magazine

Guide student inquiry and build critical thinking skills with STEAM—the meaningful integration of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. The second title in our SchoolArts Collection will showcase our favorite STEAM lessons created by experienced art teachers for SchoolArts magazine. Students participate in engaging experiences to develop 21st century skills such as creativity and imagination, critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration. 139 pages, softcover

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Adaptive Art: Deconstructing Disability in the Art Classroom
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Adaptive Art: Deconstructing Disability in the Art Classroom

By Bette Naughton

A collection of tools and strategies to help art educators create adaptations for students with disabilities by capitalizing on their abilities. This practical resource will enable educators to engage all students in a meaningful creative process of self-expression. Discover a variety of instructional methods to adapt art activities, media, tools, and techniques to meet the needs of students with a wide range of challenges. 146 pages, softcover

Check out the webinar on Adaptive Art with author Bette Naughton.

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SchoolArts Collection: Media Arts
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SchoolArts Collection: Media Arts

By SchoolArts magazine

Discover inspiration and ideas for existing media arts programs or find help incorporating digital processes and new technologies in your classroom. Learn from experienced educators specializing in new media and technology as they share best practices and lessons for beginner to advanced levels that will help you understand and thrive in this emerging area of art education. ISBN: 978-16416-4040-4, 141 pages, softcover, grades 8–12

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Collaborative Tape Art: The PiktoTape Method
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Collaborative Tape Art: The PiktoTape Method

By Michael Townsend and Leah Smith

Discover the fun and engaging process of drawing together with tape. Rooted in the power of collaboration, the PiktoTape™ Method (developed by the street artists of the Tape Art Crew) motivates students to develop innovative solutions to design challenges. Build confidence and create new and uniquely inclusive ways for your class to work together creating artwork that explores image-making at its most epic.

This book not only covers the “How To” of Tape Art but also an extensive list of detailed frequently asked questions. In these pages, you’ll find answers to:

  1. How do we decide what to draw as a group?
  2. How do we make our drawings come together?
  3. How big can the drawings be?
  4. Where can we draw?
  5. How to draw specific items
  6. Is this art?

ISBN: 978-16416-4035-0, 98 pages, softcover, grades K–12

Check out the webinar on Tape Art with authors Michael Townsend and Leah Smith.

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Envisioning Writing: Integrating Drawing and Writing
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Envisioning Writing: Integrating Drawing and Writing

By Janet L. Olson and Maren K. Olson

Language Arts teachers and Visual Arts teachers alike will find inspiration in this new edition of the highly successful resource for using the power of visual narrative to support all types of learners.

You will:

  • Learn to recognize and value the unique strengths and challenges of the visual learner
  • Build your practice with a variety of teaching strategies and activities appropriate for language arts, visual arts, and special education classrooms
  • Gain new understanding of the educational culture, both historical and present day, that puts visual learners at a disadvantage

New to this edition: working with Middle School and High School students. ISBN: 978-16152-8432-0, 188 pages, softcover, grades K–12

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From Ordinary to Extraordinary
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From Ordinary to Extraordinary

By Ken Vieth

The teacher resource that emphasizes visual problem solving, creative thinking, and cooperative learning. Ideal for incorporating stimulating studio experiences into the curriculum! This book encourages higher-level thinking and includes projects that explore the subjects of self, family, and community. ISBN: 978-08719-2387-5, 148 pages, softcover, grades 6–12

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The Open Art Room
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The Open Art Room

By Melissa Purtee and Ian Sands

Taking inspiration from a variety of contemporary approaches, this book presents a framework for Choice-Based instruction for Secondary Level (grades 6–12) Art Education. The Open Art Room provides a student-centered approach to art instruction that is inspirational, practical, and classroom-tested. ISBN: 978-16152-8677-5, 217 pages, softcover, grades 6–12

Highlights include:

  • Flexible instructional frameworks with options for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels of Choice
  • Assessment for Choice-Based art teachers
  • Unit plans, bootcamps, mini-lessons, and classroom examples
  • Clear connections to the National Core Art Standards
  • Engaging stories of student struggles and successes
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Creative Coloring: Design Elements
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Creative Coloring: Design Elements

By Art Sherwyn

Teach key concepts in art and design through an engaging coloring-book format! Creative Coloring jump-starts the creative process while introducing fundamental art vocabulary and ideas. Open spaces encourage students to explore their own artistic sensibilities. Concepts covered include the elements of design, composition, selected topics in art history (the Fauves, for example!), drawing and coloring techniques. For classroom use, buy a whole set—these are not blackline masters! ISBN: 978-08719-2584-8, 48 pages, softcover, grades K–12

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