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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

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

Bulletin Board Challenge!

Last semester one of my graduate students made the oft heard complaint about her undergraduate teaching preparation program “I just didn’t feel prepared for the range of expectations my principal had for me”.   And while I think that no one in any profession goes into their first job feeling like they are absolutely prepared for … 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