Huh? Wow! Exploring Time-Based Media in Elementary Art | Meghan Zanskas

Much like my 21st century students, I’m drawn to artwork that uses video, animation, and sound. Not only do these works pull us in with movement, they engage our curiosity. With my own growing interest in video art I have come across some very interesting work done by contemporary artists. What I found encouraged me […]

Head Spinning | Kate Plows

Recently, my friend Charlotte gave me some advice.  Her pottery was selling much better than my own, and I asked about her secrets.  When she started talking, I politely interrupted her to ask if I could take notes.  She agreed. My fellow Teaching Artists, take heed of Charlotte’s sage wisdom: Context:  Charlotte is seven.  She […]

Art Infusion | Billy Miller

“If it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t have an art program,” says Glencoe Elementary’s new principal. He’s speaking to a packed Cafetorium of K-5 parents who have become all too used to how budget cuts mean public schools must do more with less. Six years ago, the principal was different. The sentiment was the same. […]

Teen Designers and Some Out-of-this-World Clients | Mark Dzula

I recently worked at Pace University as a teaching artist, supporting a group of teens as they developed content for Exerblast, a kids’ gym in New York City. Exerblast enhances workout sessions for children with technology and video game savvy; it is essentially a tricked out obstacle course housed in Tribecca, NYC. Participants earn points […]

Animation, Appropriation, and Tech Kids Unlimited | Mark Dzula

A pint-sized princess summons her courage and battles Bowser (of Super Mario fame) after he sets fire to a building in her utopic hometown. A gang of ants and spiders endures the trauma and tribulations of getting a yearbook signed by classmates at school. Sonic the Hedgehog and Shadow get sucked into Commercial World, trapped […]

Silent is Golden | Billy Miller

Three years prior to The Artist becoming only the second silent movie ever to win a Best Picture Oscar, philanthropist JP Palanuk founded the International Youth Silent Film Festival (IYSFF).  Those under age 20 are invited to make three-minute silent films to themes scored by organ prodigy Nathan Avakian. Finalists get judged by movie pros […]

Festival Circuit | Billy Miller

For Your Consideration: Young Caldera artists take a run on the fall festival circuit in two of the Northwest’s finest annual exhibits in student film. As a mentor embedded in all this festivus, I submit the following: Outside Bend, Oregon’s Regal multiplex, we’re queued up clear into the parking lot for BendFilm’s Future Filmmakers’ Festival. […]

The ‘Off’ Season

‘Tis the season for the reason why we teach — summer! Not the kind of lollygag that gives Minnesota lawmakers reflux. Most of my break is spent guiding young filmmakers. And thanks to connections made at Caldera’s Transformation Camp, I went away to find something rarer than an extended idle: On family vacation to New […]