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Judges on the Complete Package

As many of you know, we recently completed our Regional Scholastic Art Award adjudication. It is extremely interesting to be a part of this process each year and to listen to the things the judges say. 295 more words

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Regional Scholastic Award Winners

The Fairfax County Art Region, an affiliate of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, received nearly three thousand art submissions this year in categories including: architecture, art portfolio, ceramics & glass, comic art, design, digital art, drawing & illustration, editorial cartoon, fashion, film & animation, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. 89 more words

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The Secret to High Enrollment

I happened to have a conversation yesterday with the art department chairperson at the high school in my district with the highest art enrollment. What luck for all of us that she shared what she believes are the two most significant factors that impact enrollment in an elective art program. 585 more words

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How do we present art to students?

I am going to start this with a disclaimer. None of my advanced students are big fans of Jackson Pollock. Like most high school students, they work representationally, and because of that, they don’t have very much interest in Pollock’s work. 567 more words

Student Engagement

I’ve been thinking a lot about student engagement this week. It’s so important on so many levels, and it is sometimes hard, even for the most passionate of teachers to remember just what that means. 453 more words

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Art students should have opportunities to explore a wide range of different purposes for making art. These include making art for the purpose of communicating information.  267 more words

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Energy Exchange

Ahead of a winter break, I sent a note to the art teachers in my district. I thought I would share it here, in part to wish the same to those readers who are educators, and also to illustrate — to those who are not — a tiny piece of what teachers do every day. 319 more words

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