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 […]

Getting It Right

I have unique task for a teaching artist: I am supposed to work with a group of fourth graders who have particularly intense behavior struggles to improve their overall classroom behavior. While arts integration is generally used to help students access core academic content like math, science, and reading, our class employs visual arts integration to target social emotional objectives – like being able to express oneself, and working safely and successfully as a group.

Wolfgang Laib, Fourth Graders, and the Openness of the Artistic Process | David Rufo

A fourth grade girl set out an array of colored pencils, copy paper, and glue sticks on a table. I watched as she took a glue stick and, with it, formed a tight circle on a sheet of white paper. She then sharpened a colored pencil, flipped off the top to the sharpener, and proceeded to […]

When Checking Out Is Checking In | David Rufo

Serendipitous opportunities are part of the working repertoire for artists. In a documentary about Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, John explained how he “stumbled upon” the opening chord progression for the title track [1]. The album sold more than 31 million copies and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, yet the music […]

The Children of Abetenim | A. A. Sieunarine

The earth was red, as if a fire was lit under it. The children walked barefooted, save for some with broken rubber flip-flops. Their skin smooth and shiny like patched coffee beans; light medium and dark roast tossed together in a burlap sack. Their smiles shy and infectious and their beautifully carved eyes glistened like […]

Technique Schmechnique: Why Kids Don’t Need to be Taught How to Use a Paintbrush | David Rufo

On an online education forum an art teacher asked: “Can students be taught to use paintbrushes so that the bristles aren’t ruined?” I replied with a variety of suggestions: students could experiment with paintbrushes or employ alternate methods of paint application via fingers, sticks, paper towels, or squeegees. The responses from other educators endorsed traditional […]

Masking Tape: The Artist’s Urge to Wrap | David Rufo

There are many iconic images of boxers getting their hands taped before a bout: a gritty yet elegant photograph from the early 1930s by Willard Van Dyke titled Boxer’s Hands[1]; a variety of black and white photographs from the 1960s of the legendary trainer Angelo Dundee wrapping the hands of Muhammad Ali [2]; a 4000 […]