Archive for the ‘Fine Arts’ Category

  • April is Poetry Month: “Look in Thy Heart and Write!”

    on Apr 21, 14 • in Fine Arts, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy • with Comments


    April is Poetry Month. What should you do about this? Take advice from Sir Philip Sidney and “Look in thy heart and write.” Sidney composed “An Apology for Poetry”  (Defence of Poesie) in 1575, and in this essay he maintains poetry combines the liveliness of history with philosophy; this combination is more effective than either history or philosophy in inspiring readers. According to Sidney, poetry acts in a way that “awakens and enlarges the mind itself by rendering it the receptacle of a thousand unapprehended combinations of thought.” Sidney himself was an accomplished poet who wrote a sequence of 108 English sonnets known as “Astrophil and Stella” where Astrophil is the

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  • What If You Are Teaching the Next Picasso?

    on Jan 15, 14 • in Featured, Fine Arts, Opinion • with Comments

    Picasso's 1935 "Jeune Fille Endormie." Photo: Creative Commons.

    My wife and I just finished our honeymoon tour of Spain, and one place that put me in awe was the Museo Picasso in Barcelona. This collection showcased a completely different side of Picasso than what most are used to, including his incredible talent for classical portraits. He was so talented by the age of 14 that he outgrew even his greatest of teachers and eventually came to hate school. The young artist soon saw that school was a limit on his parameters, as he’d already mastered realism. He dropped out of school and began

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  • 97% Reading Accuracy Now, Problems Later

    on Jun 14, 13 • in Fine Arts, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy • with Comments


    I hear the chatter from elementary school teachers: They can’t wait for reading! Oh, they love to read! When we have to cancel reading, they are so disappointed. Yet, what happens when I get the ninth graders in my class? I hear: Reading is so boring. I hate to read. I don’t like reading. What caused the change in students’ attitude towards reading? I have been attending graduate courses on reading instruction for pre-K-6 in order to find out the reason for the shift in attitudes. One of the textbooks used was Guiding Readers and Writers (Grades

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  • Museum Education: Yes, I Get Paid For This!

    on Jun 11, 13 • in Ask a Teacher, Featured, Fine Arts, From the Front Lines • with Comments

    A wild, crazy year is finally wrapping up in the NYC museum education scene. Post conference, post rush for field trips, post bus strike and post Sandy – we are all looking forward to a summer, even with the financial stretch the season brings for teachers and museum educators alike. This was my first official full year freelancing, and there is one giant misconception I have to address: Museum Education is a field, and I do get paid for this. Sounds like a strange misconception, doesn’t it?  A lot of people don’t necessarily understand what

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  • When Your School Doesn’t Have An Art Class

    on Apr 9, 13 • in Featured, Fine Arts • with Comments

    courtesy of Art Museum Teaching

    I consider myself very lucky. Growing up, I had art every week. Unfortunately, that is hardly the case anymore. Between rubrics and budget cuts, students no longer have that necessary creative outlet readily available. Art is easily added into any classroom and to any lesson, as long as you have the confidence and knowledge to do so. Here are some easy ideas for infusing art into your classroom: Take advantage of art museums Art museums are incredible sources for infusing art into the classroom – not just for trips.  Many museums offer free teacher packets

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