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How do Differentiate with Sketchbook Prompts

How do Differentiate with Sketchbook Prompts

  In one of my advanced art classes, I have students with a pretty wide range of interests, some that are focused on photography, others drawing, and few others that are really interested in 2D design and abstraction, so I decided that I wanted to create a fun way to give them sketchbook prompts and […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to Connect with your Students

How to Connect with your Students

I had a class of high school students, mostly upperclassmen, they were rowdy, discounted, and working on my nerves. I needed to find a way to connect and quickly. I asked them to write 6-word stories responding to how they felt about school. One boy wrote, “energetic teenage boy, glued to chair,” there were many […]

How to create a Repeat Pattern Design

How to create a Repeat Pattern Design

Over the summer I taught a repeat fabric design class to elementary and middle school students, they loved it! Whenever a class is a hit in person, I work to create an online version, but for some reason, this task felt a bit daunting this time around. Then I signed myself up for Flipping the […]

Where to host your videos for your flipped classroom

Where to host your videos for your flipped classroom

When I started teaching online 3 years ago, while there was a lot I wasn’t sure about, I did know that I needed to take advantage of the power of video, something that I’m still exploring and working to improve upon. If you’re going to use video in your classroom, or give the flipped classroom […]

Have you Tried this Connect the Dots Sketchbook Exercise?

Have you Tried this Connect the Dots Sketchbook Exercise?

  Sketchbooks are a wonderful tool to teach students to use, but they can also feel intimidating to students as they stare at ALL of the blank pages. The exercise below is based on the idea of connecting the dots, but with a slight twist. It helps students to begin understanding how they might design […]