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Art and Education

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Homework?? In Art??

March 1st, 2010

At the beginning of the year I always review the expectations of my class with the students. One of the things that always surprises them is my promise to never assign them homework. I don ‘t believe in homework, not in art …

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Dumping Ground

February 23rd, 2010

It ‘s scheduling time at the high school where I teach.  Usually this means that students sit down with counselors and choose the classes that they want for the following year based on a plan for post graduation. Scheduling is done a …

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Celebrating Passion

February 14th, 2010

Valentine ‘s Day.  You either love it or dread it. 

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Thoughts on the Super Bowl

February 7th, 2010

Today is the Superbowl.  Superstars, super-hype, super bucks.  In our society we have placed in inordinate emphasis on sports and sport celebrities.  The arts are not given a tenth of the attention and finances lavished on sports. Sports advocates will argue that …

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A Most Powerful Force

January 17th, 2010

When a disastrous event takes place like the recent earthquake in Haiti, it gives us all a chance to reflect on what is truly important in our lives.  Living in earthquake country, the same devastation that the Haitian people are facing could be at …

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Your “Final” Answer

January 13th, 2010

It ‘s finals week.  In academic classes, finals usually manifest as multiple choice tests, essays or another form of written assessment.  But in the arts, finals can look very different.  Each of us in the visual arts department at my school handles …

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Size Matters

January 4th, 2010

Before leaving for holiday break this year, several of my colleagues and I commented on how tired and wrung out we felt.  It wasn ‘t the usual “tired due to holiday stress” fatigue, this was tired as in “is it June yet?” …

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Does an earlier start result in student achivement?

December 29th, 2009

The day before we left for the holiday break, our school district delivered the news that our summer vacation would be shortened two weeks this year due to an earlier start of the 2010/ 2011 school year.  The new school year will …

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Christmas Wish List

December 23rd, 2009

With only a few days left until Christmas, I thought I would share my wish list of gifts that I would like to see under my Arts Educators tree this year!  The fist gift would be a substantial budget for all arts …

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Superstars

December 15th, 2009

Our local paper recently published a front page list of the Ten Silicon Valley Superstars.  Every single choice was an individual tied to technology.  Not one artist, not one teacher. 

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Season of the Arts?

December 8th, 2009

It seems that during the holiday season people the take time to appreciate the arts in a way that they don ‘t during the rest of the year.  Holiday fairs that feature hand crafted items abound, performances of the Nutcracker are a …

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Musing on Muses

November 30th, 2009

In 1999, Sharon Stone and Albert Brooks starred in a comedy called The Muse.  In it, Stone portrayed a “muse”, one of the daughters of Zeus who ‘s role it was to bring inspiration to the arts, sciences and poetry.  Throughout the …

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Thanksgiving

November 23rd, 2009

This is the week that reminds us to take time out of our frantic schedules to stop, spend time with family and friends and reflect on gratitude for the gifts that we have been given and the life that we choose to …

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Where Are Our Piazzas?

November 17th, 2009

A few years ago I attended a city wide forum on creativity.  The keynote speaker, who ‘s name now escapes me, was a font of thought provoking ideas and subject matter.  He spoke of the necessity of maintaining a vibrant arts program …

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The Fun Theory

November 9th, 2009

I have been ranting about technology for the last several blogs, so it only seems fair that I should share a very cool website that showcases how technology can be used creatively to entice people to do the right thing. Visit www.thefuntheory.com …

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The “Art”(?) of Sampling

November 3rd, 2009

Recently I heard about a movement in the music industry that is causing quite a stir. “Sampling” is a form of musical composition where the composer creates a new piece of music by taking bits and pieces of popular songs, melodies, beats, …

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Talking to Ghosts

October 27th, 2009

For 6 weeks I have been writing this blog covering topics from graffiti to technology.  I have yet to get one response or comment on the words that I have written.  Some would take that as commentary on style and/or content, some …

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Too Much Technology

October 19th, 2009

In recent years the push for technology in schools has been astounding.  Word has it that our district, which is continually in the red financially, will be moving to 100% on-line text-books within two years.  My question is, not where will they …

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Graffiti As Art?

October 13th, 2009

Say the word graffiti and most people, adults at least, will cringe.  But investigate the world of graffiti and from an artist ‘s standpoint, there is some incredible work going on. I don ‘t mean “tagging”- the ridiculous scribbles of wannabe gang …

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Aligned Curriculum in the Arts

October 7th, 2009

Having taught 28 years, I thought I ‘d seen all the worst that public education had to offer.  But I must say that by far, the most short-sighted idea yet is curriculum alignment in the arts.

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