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Tips on asking for a Recommendation Letter

Tips on asking for a Recommendation Letter

You know that you need a recommendation letter for a college application, your dream job, or a special program that you really want to get into. What you aren’t sure about , is the best way to go about asking your teacher for a recommendation. First remember that you’re teachers want you to succeed, and […]

Art Lesson Inspiration: Making Marks, creating tools, & cutting

You can use this is inspiration for a long lesson, or a short one class activity. I find that it’s a fun way to get students experimenting, creating, and curious. Episode #212: This episode features Joan Jonas drawing in her Manhattan studio, and on stage at the Umeå Jazz Festival in Sweden. “Drawing is like […]

Project: Creating your own Art Exhibit: Student Example

Project: Creating your own Art Exhibit: Student Example

    I’ve been sharing the Art Curator project that my Art History students have been working on, they just turned them in, and let me tell you, they are awesome, and even fun to grade. In the video below, I’m sharing a mini preview of one of the students exhibits, plus the really cool […]

6 tools to make teaching art history easier

6 tools to make teaching art history easier

For those of you that teach art history as a stand alone course, or if you just want to bring a bit more art history into your classroom, below you’ll find a collection of some of current favorite lessons, and website for inspiration. Hear other artist talk about art: The Artist Project A fun and […]

3 Ways to Get Re-inspired with Sketchbooks

Sometimes I feel like I under utilize sketchbooks both in my classroom and in my own personal practice as an artist. Recently I’ve been re inspired to think about using and having my students use sketchbooks more often. The two videos below I created for my AP drawing and AP 2D students, however, they would […]

A Collection of Drawing & High School Art Lessons

A Collection of Drawing & High School Art Lessons

  So that you don’t have to spend time searching , below is a collection of the most popular posts that relate to Drawing & teaching high school art. Help students understand the Drawing Issues ( AP Drawing) Students explore and define appropriation in art  Lesson to help students develop their own ideas, and get […]

Helping Students Understand and Uncover Personal Voice

Helping Students Understand and Uncover Personal Voice

  It can be a real challenge to help students to uncover and develop their own personal voice in their work, but I have found that a good start to the process, is having them learn how to pull out what other artists are doing. Oftentimes it’s easier to unpack how another artist is creating […]

Emergency Sub Plan: Are your students using the Design Principles?

Emergency Sub Plan: Are your students using the Design Principles?

This is a good one to tuck away for a rainy day ( or a sub plan!!!) We like doing what we’re used to doing, our students are the same way, and I can’t really blame them. But in AP they really need to push themselves, demonstrate an understanding of the principles of art, and […]

Becoming an Art Curator: Exploring Art history

I’m always trying to find ways to make lessons more student centered, and tied to potential careers in the arts. This year, students in my art history class, are curating their own exhibit, and it’s working even better than I’d imagined. The students are excited and engaged. They’re learning from each other, and gaining a […]

Talking to Students about feelings and the future

  As a teacher, you can go years without really feeling like you’ve made a difference, and then you receive an email like this one.  This may be weird but I feel your the only person I can ask about this.. I am well really lost about what to do for college.  I feel so […]