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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 […]

Helping students develop a concentration

Helping students develop a concentration

If you teach AP art, you know that you need to help your students develop a concentration statement, for some students this comes easily while others struggle. The concept of a concentration statement also doesn’t need to be limited to AP classes. It can be a great tool for helping your students to develop a […]

Getting started with a New Year

Getting started with a New Year

I like to treat a new semester like a brand new school year. It’s a fresh start for you and your students, a chance to do better. To improve, and hopefully not make the same mistakes. It’s a chance to get back on track. Here’s what I’m trying out this semester. Select a theme for […]

What to do when another teacher asks for art supplies

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I’ve been thinking a lot about communication, more specifically , how I want to be communicated with, and I’m feeling like it’s a bit crazy that I’m just thinking about this now.  I teach both in person and online, and something that I’ve learned from teaching online, is that for it to work well, and […]

Someone Please Throw me a Rope

Someone please throw me a rope. My husband and I just returned from Chattanooga, and Nashville. ( side note, we accidentally went to Nashville during the CMA’s, talk about crazy) While we were in Chattanooga, we decided that we want to spend some time paddle boarding, while it was clear that it was a windy day, […]

Fine Art Friday: Andy Goldsworthy

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As with all my work, whether it’s a leaf on a rock or ice on a rock, I’m trying to get beneath the surface appearance of things. Working the surface of a stone is an attempt to understand the internal energy of the stone.   Andy Goldsworthy   My brother, who teaches elementary physical edu, […]

There’s so much to do … and then you need to teach

There’s so much to do … and then you need to teach

Sometimes life is complicated, because we make it that way. And sometimes it’s complicated just because it’s life. Most weeks your to do list is longer than humanly possible, and somehow you forget, that every week that passes, without you crossing everything off of the list, somehow you don’t die, your kids don’t starve ,and […]

What kind of Loom is Best for You

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  click. click. click. I watched her move those needles rapidly and with precise rhythm, and with even more amazement I watched that ball of beautifully soft yarn transform from a ball into a sweater, blanket, scarf, a mini sweater for my doll named Allison. I had to learn how to do it, and so […]

Who is the best artist ever?

Who is the best artist ever?

Who is the best artist ever? That’s not an easy question to answer, and if you asked 10 people you would likely get 10 different answers. It’s a hard question, but it’a question that students in my AP Art History class are currently trying to tackle. ( it’s more a lesson in learning how to […]

Part 2: Finding your Voice as a Photographer

Part 2: Finding your Voice as a Photographer

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If you haven’t already, go back read and do part 1. Last week you should have collected a series of images in a variety of categories. Today you’re going to use those images to begin to uncover your personal aesthetic, aka, how you like things to look. Look at all of your images and answer […]