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Artmaking with Young Children

I was incredibly lucky to begin my art education career at the Chicago Children’s Museum (CCM) – celebrating its 30th birthday this year! CCM has a fully-dedicated art studio and gallery space on the ground floor.  This Kraft Artabounds Studiowas my home for two years as I helped teach and manage family, school, afterschool, and … Continue reading

Principals Panel – November 13

  Please join the CCNY School of Education for a Principals Panel on November 13 from 4:30 – 7 pm in NAC Faculty Dining Room.  The panel will focus on “Interviewing Skills for a Teaching or Leadership Position”. The panel will be addressing their favorite interview questions, expected  responses from candidates and responses to audience … Continue reading

The Romare Bearden Project in the Classroom

The Romare Bearden Project in the Classroom

On September 2 2012, collage-artist Romare Bearden would have celebrated his 101st birthday, and many museums and organizations have set up honorary exhibitions throughout the year to honor the colláge artist  that defined the character of Black American life during the 20th century. The Studio Museum in Harlem organized an exhibition in tribute to Romare Bearden … Continue reading

Chicago Public School Teacher Strike

More than 29,000 teachers and support staff are on their third day of striking against educational reforms supported by Chicago Mayor and former chief of staff to President Obama, Rahm Emmanuel.  At issue are the cost of health benefits, job security, the implementation of draconian teacher evaluation measures, charter school expansion and class size to … Continue reading

Transparency and Opacity in Art

My art education class explored the concepts of transparency and opacity using window envelopes.  Students investigated, researched, and played with the concepts as they cut, pasted, glued and transformed the envelopes to create amazing works of art. A fish, a girl with an umbrella and a pair of glasses are three fantastic outcomes of the … Continue reading

Let’s Talk About Art…silently!

According to Nancy Hous’s article “Using Critiques in the K-12 Classroom,” she  focuses on critiques as a useful component in the art classroom because it serves as an evaluation of student artwork, which can be a useful teaching tool for any age group studying the visual arts. The article discusses a method for conducting critiques, and … Continue reading

New York Collective of Radical Educators conference – volunteers opportunity!

Want to be a part of the action at the NYCoRE Conference this year?  Volunteer opportunities are available for set-up on Friday March 23rd and throughout conference on Saturday March 24th.   Volunteers pay just $10 for the conference which includes breakfast and lunch! Please register for the conference (http://www.nycore.org/conference/conference-registration/) and check the VOLUNTEER category. We … Continue reading

A Tower of Marshmallows

What lessons do the Arts teach our 21st century students? Elliot Eisner explores this question in “10 Lessons the Arts Teach”. In order for my students to explore this question further, I facilitated an icebreaker titled “A Tower of Marshmallows”. Students split into six different groups and were provided with the following materials – 1 … Continue reading

What is art?

Nothing sparks a juicier debate with students than the question, “What is art?” Does it have to do with beauty? Or skill? Or meaning? Is it contextual? Does it have to be in a museum?  Must it be sold?  Or even seen at all? Can anyone make art? What about conceptual art? And who even decides … Continue reading