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What is the Purpose of Art Education

What is the Purpose of Art Education

  “Art performs this pacifying function in culture… Its practitioners create commonalities… I always quote a guy named Lewis Hyde, who wrote about primitive cultures, where there’s an exchange of gifts that cannot be kept but have to be passed on. And the passing on of gifts is a device to prevent people from killing […]

How to Engage Students with Art History + Community

How to Engage Students with Art History + Community

Showing and talking to students about works of art is one thing, but promoting them to explore the art that exists around them, helps them to both connect to the work and sparks curiosity for further learning and exploration. I spend a lot of time walking around Lancaster City, either going to and from work […]

Tips on Writing SLO’s for the Art Room

Tips on Writing SLO’s for the Art Room

  It’s the time of the year when you need to write out goals for yourself and for your students, this often seems a bit tricky when it comes to art, because these goals also have to be tracked and assessed, aka tied to data. You probably stay away from giving tests in your art […]

Teacher Tools: Sketchbook Project

Teacher Tools: Sketchbook Project

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After reflecting, I’ve realized that one place that I’d like to make stronger in my classes is the practice of process and using sketchbooks. I want to students of all levels to begin the practice of carrying a sketchbook wherever they go. Using it to write, draw, tape and glue bits and pieces that they find […]

Teacher Tools: Tate Shots: Videos for your art room

Teacher Tools: Tate Shots: Videos for your art room

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While talking to my mom, she mentioned that she was having trouble finding a particular email, when she mentioned this to her boss, in no time he had it. She was impressed with organized she imagined his inbox was and set forth a goal to organize hers as well. She was ready to create endless […]

Teacher Tools: Are you using Adobe Spark?

Teacher Tools: Are you using Adobe Spark?

  I haven’t used Adobe Spark very often, but every time I do sit down and use it, I question why in the world I don’t use it more. It’s easy, like click a few buttons easy, and makes things look beautiful and professional. So this is for you if you’ve never tried, I say […]

An Introduction to Digital Photography

An Introduction to Digital Photography

Digital photography can be a blast to teach, but it also comes with a lot of challenges. You might not have cameras or the proper technology for all of your students. You likely have some students that are great with a DSLR and others that have never seen one before. It’s also very possible that […]

How to make an accordion Sketchbook with Your Students

How to make an accordion Sketchbook with Your Students

When it comes to writing lesson plans and projects planning, sometimes I feel like I have ADD ( which I don’t), but I do have a lot of interest and love learning, which is great but can also get in the way. For example, today I was working on an assignment for a class that […]

Paper Weaving as Design

Paper Weaving as Design

  Yesterday I talked to you about new found love for paper weaving, I mean really, I’m a bit obsessed and plan to spend my weekend just me, the studio, and strips of paper.  In the event that you’re as excited about it as I am, here are some more ideas. Mixed media paper weaving […]

Does Paper Weaving Have to Be Elementary?

Does Paper Weaving Have to Be Elementary?

Making a weaving sketchbook… playing with paper and new patterns. A post shared by amber kane (@teacher.kane) on Aug 25, 2017 at 5:25pm PDT Most people think that weaving, especially paper weaving is something to teach in elementary school. It allows students to use a ruler, scissors, work on fine motor skills and get an […]